I nearly ended up in the Forth and Clyde a couple of times when I used to cycle it - usually a combination of bouncy dogs, the killer attack swans that live at Falkirk , other cyclists hogging the whole path and not moving over, and the one that used to really do my head in: cyclists with dogs on extendable leads !
I was once cycling home from work on the Maryhill stretch and came across what seemed like an entire coach party of French tourists out for a stroll . I rang the bell, but they were in a world of their own, so I shouted excuse me, bike, and they were like 'Au secour, au secour, le velo, le velo' and all jumped out the way , like 'save our souls' LOL I really didn't intend to give them such a fright!!
See, my parents are totally missing what fun the canal can be !
FFB - you set the bar high with Antarctica - but you have given us a great lead out because now the rest of us just have to say 'well, FFB went all the way to Antarctica to run, so I should at least be able to go to Birmingham / the Pennines' etc and there is really nothing anyone can answer to that!!
My parents were giving me gyp over running the canal (because B-ham is a scary place apparently ), then I told them I wouldn't be in Brum that long because I was going to London, and they just about had a fit . Its the distance they cannot get their head around, and the safety aspect running at night. So I told them 'you do realise I have lived in the murder capital of Western Europe for 20yrs, the folks down there should be more worried about me not vice-versa' . But strangely that didn't help either . Being part of an organised event does make it easier to sooth the worries though.
Runners worry about: nutrition, pacing, have I done enough training, where are the toilets(!), can my legs keep going that long, will it rain all day, what clothes / shoes shall I take, what have I done with my entry email etc etc.
Parents and OH's worry about: will you get murdered during the night or fall into the canal and drown .
MrsMac - that was very generous of you getting MrMac that race entry .
The organiser of the gucr has a 'unique' sense of humour it must be said . Most recent info I got said about the finish 'there is nothing there, set your expectations to 'low' and then halve it' LOL And of the start 'its in Birmingham, bring ear plugs because lack of sleep the night before is no excuse for a dnf' .
I have been writing all afternoon and almost sent myself to sleep with it - I blame the 'heat' rather than my boring writing !
Long time no see Cragchick ! Hope the injuries recover soon. I thought it wouldn't be too long before you could resist the Spine race . It sounds like my gucr entry - 'You have been successful in your entry application. We are sorry for any discomfort this may cause in the future' ! Alloa half this weekend and then 3wks until G2E, so a bit of room for a couple more long runs after the half.
Mini-taper week for me too - on wind down to Alloa now.
Quick hour at the allotment before work this morning doing some tidying, very warm (or that might have been because I was lugging buckets of stones around)... but sunny!!! Carrots are actually growing !!! Hopefully we will get a dry week for a change and my poor soil can drain!!