Matt3 -- congrats on the fell race win, I can sympathise with the trashed quads. 33 mins for a hilly 10K is very classy. Will Dublin be your first marathon?
TT -- nice one on the HM 2nd place after all thosem miles! (And on the move.)
Ryan -- I've got Snowdonia in October marathon-wise, with a fell race next week and a half or two later.
Well parkwon Muss, and a tidy long run too.
CC2, PP -- congrats on those mighty medals! Enjoyed the race report, PP.
Jools -- wow that's a big 3 days training-wise.
I did a total of 20M on Saturday including 3300 feet of climb/descent on the North Downs. New XTalons were fine -- but realised I'd ordered the wrong size of debris gaiters, so rather than shell out for express delivery and get some smaller ones (I've already discarded the packaging of the ones I have, stupidly) I'm going to try and modify the ones I've got. Rest yesterday, 6M in to work today with 10 sets of plyometric hops and jumps etc. Overall I'll be tapering this week though, for my fell race on Sat.
Catching up after a work trip yesterday -- which I thought was going to be an unwelcome break from training, but actually my legs were surprisingly DOMSd from Tuesday's staircase antics so I was only just OK to return to steady running anyhow (7M @ 8m/M en route to work today).
Splendid long run Ryan, that's just the kind of thing I like to do now and then in marathon training. And it no longer seems quite so eccentric -- I think more people are doing it (at least in our little world).
TT -- hope the house sale went through OK, splendid training too.
DanA -- wow, your quads must be in good shape to do two big consecutive days in the mountains like that (without getting DOMSd to hell after the first day that is).
PP -- tidy reps indeed.
Jools -- gah! Great run to be comfortably within 1 sec of PB though. In general you seem in fine form right now, and that's near the start of your campaign...
Craig Jeffrey 2 -- nice training. Maybe your MP is pessimistic if you're getting close to it easily? (I have chosen a staircase without CCTV coverage or security presence by the way, though a cleaner pops in and looks confused now and then!)
Muss -- good luck with the new arrival when it comes.
Well trained TickTock & ES too.
Last North Downs session for me tomorrow, and I'll wear my new 212s and debris gaiters as a dress rehearsal to make sure they're both fine.
Jools -- I hadn't yet congratulated you on the win on this forum. Likewise I can't remember if I said anything about yours CC2. Chapeau, both!
PP -- brilliant marathon training run.
TickTock -- splendid stuff and well done on 2nd. I've never tried anything like that, but fancy giving it a go one day.
ES -- congrats on the series trophy!
Wardi -- sounds like you're winning. Phew.
Padams -- very nice 10K. And in the FV 50K -- that has the distinction of being the only race I have DNFd (calf problem a couple of years ago, though by the time I gave in I was so far from the HQ I still had a 23M run or something, despite getting rescued by some marshalls driving back).
St Ives 10K for me yesterday. I tapered for it, wanting to measure my current state, but actually there was a strong headwind for the last 3K so it wasn't a great test. And I just didn't have the strength to catch up the guy a little ahead of me to take shelter (which in retrospect I surely should have done), so that wind did nobble me. Anyway, 6th overall and first vet, but the time was disappointment: 36:07. Even with no wind I think I'd have done low-35s at best though.
That gone, the decks are cleared to concentrate on training for the Borrowdale Fell Race in 2 weeks, with a distant eye on the Snowdonia Marathon in 3 months, both needing my best hill quads. Multi-storey stairs for me then.
PP -- quite right, the new 212s are blue & orange (family _really_ like that, not!), and my size 10 weighed in at 278g. OK I know that size is bigger than the one they quote (size 8?) for 212g, but Inov8s always seem to weigh suspiciously more than the quoted mass.
I now have 3 pairs of 212s: a completely stud-free pair I wear just out and about (have lost track of all social norms now), a fairly worn pair which I will now archive for Snowdonia (mainly road but a few places where a little grip will be useful), and this spanking max-traction new pair for the Lake District fells. And I still have a pair of 190s which I keep in good nick for MT/XC races. Could use the 190s for my big fell race, but they can be a bit thin on sharp rocks...
Short taper tune-up before my 10K race again this morning: 1M @ 5:32/M, quite hard but not flat out. Had to dodge some unexpected muddy pools after last night's tempest here in Cambridge. (But not in the fast mile.)