CD -- sounds horrible, well toughed out! And well done to all those others who trained in the rain.
DrD -- tremendous win against the odds there! I wonder if for a 10k, losing a few pounds from illness actually helps more than you lose out from lack of fuel -- as you don't need that much glycogen to get you round 6M anyway. Not a prep regime I'd want to emulate though...
Well done in your hilly races running eye. Between runs, I tend to lapse into something not dissimilar from marathon training anyway out of habit, though without such really long runs (or not many), and a peppering of shorter races.
Padams -- take it easy on the dodgy calf.
Toro -- your target races do indeed look like fun. We're heading back to the Lakes for our summer holiday next year now, so I'll probably have another crack at the Borrowdale Fell Race, hopefully learning a few lessons from last time (not that I'll ever be too high up the field there).
Something else on my horizon is a workplace move, which will give a new minimum commute of 5.8M after Christmas (nearly doubled). On the one hand that might encourage me to do a few more miles, but on the other the occasions when my legs are a bit beaten up but I consider OK for a 3M jog to work now, I would be more likely to bike instead with it being further away. There is an excellent bus service to help me get back again if I don't want to do a double.
A basic 4M in to work today, not feeling so ill any more and my legs have freshened up, so 7:10/M with a 3kg rucksack.
Banksy -- imagine that each time the GPS records a point, it is randomly out by a few metres. Now go for a run in a straight line. Your true track is straight; the GPS track jigs from side to side a little due to the random error in each point. And the total length of that slightly jigging line is longer. That's why I reckon they tend to overestimate a little, in general. I've also noticed my Garmin assuming a slightly wider track round my park loop corners when I'm going faster, which could be an algorithmic thing.
Then sometimes, you get a complete freak-out, usually adding a lot of distance artificially. Can be due to high buidings etc, but sometimes for no apparent reason at all (maybe a lorry driver with a GPS jammer going past or something). Sometimes that wil result in an underestimate, e.g. if it has lost satellite lock for a while and assumes a straight line from the last known position.
Overall I think GPS watches are brilliant, as nothing else can give such good accuracy (usually within 1 or 2%) as one takes any old route you fancy. But they're not perfect, and occasionally very wrong.
As for official course measurements: obviously they're more accurate, but I remember reading something once about them ensuring that the course is long enough rather than spot on? And I've had the same problem with mile markers (including the VLM balloon arches) being a bit out for the convenience of where they can place them. (For VLM at least, more accurate marks are on the road, but not always easy to spot.)
I use the tip I learnt here of having a Garmin field of "Time -- average lap", and pressing the lap button manually at each mile marker. That field then gives you an accurate average min/M so far that doesn't depend on GPS. Have to press the button twice if you realise you've missed one though!
10M steady for me this morning. Once again my weekend race has left my legs too creaky to do any quality work in the week, though I suppose it counted as speed training in itself.
FG -- welcome! Just a few criticisms of P&D that have cropped up: a) not enough rest days b) taper week too hard and c) long runs not long enough (I like to go the full distance personally). Otherwise it should see you right.
PP -- hope you're OK. Considering the extended high-performance roll you've been on, could it be overtraining rather than a lurgy? Mind you, your enthusiasm for the XC is itself a contra-indication of that!
bains -- glad things are getting more sane. Already using earplugs? (There's no point in you both being awake, better to take it in turns...) And on the bunionette -- what Dachs says
Banksy -- sorry you had a tough one! I wouldn't make your target faster to be more 'safely' sub-3 though; I think it risks exactly the opposite, i.e. more likely to cramp/blow up if you're going too quick early on and have a disaster.
Lev -- dedicated.
Good double Wardi. I managed a mere 4 + 5M today, though my legs seem to be getting over the surprise HM last Sunday now.
TR -- ah sorry, wrong end of the stick when you said "I had pretty achy legs after the 10m race two weeks ago but my legs were fine to run an easy 5m on today." -- it didn't sound right that you meant it took 2 weeks to recover!
SJ -- I've actually said to some owners to shout at the dog, not explain to me, otherwise it won't learn. Not that I know anything about dogs. I'd definitely have zero sympathy for one that had just bitten me, and the owner giving it some immediate discipline while it could remember what it had just done sounds like a good idea to dissuade it from doing it again in future. I'd also tell the police.
ES -- I like to do a session of 6x(1M at target half pace or close, 1M at brisk-steady pace e.g. 7m/M).
LS21 -- epic weekend's training! A bit of rest definitely in order.