I am just about ready, done over a dozen 10 and 12 milers and one 14 over the past 15 weeks. Been suffering with a bit of backache over the last few days, but should be okay.
I was gaining a good level of fitness until the snow fell and I lost about two weeks of training all in all, that seemed to knock me back - amazing how it takes months to gain fitness and days to lose it.
Doing a 4 miler over Bidston Hill tonight and a flat 4 on Thursday then rest until Sunday and pig out on pasta. I have gone on the wagon for a week in preparation, which is probably tougher than running 13.1 miles - especially on Fri & Sat night. Plenty of beer lined up for next Sunday evening.
Got up this morning - all excited - the snow has finally gone.
Went down the front and did a 6 miler from Moreton shore to Hoylake and back. Still little bits and pieces of ice around, but should be gone in another 24 hours. Well safe to run on as long as you look where you are going - probably 90% clear.
First run in 10 days, felt a little heavy & tied - but hardly surprising really.
Saw about 10 other runners all with big smiles on their faces - come on you lot, no excuses - get out there and run off the Xmas excess.
Lets hope the snow melts soon - haven't run for 8 days now. Went on the exercise bike last Saturday but it wasn't the same.
Went to Moreton Common this morning to drop off wheelie bin rubbish at the council collection point and checked out the coastal path whilst there. It is completely covered in snow. I did think that I could wear my cross country spikes, but running on concrete covered in snow - I am not sure that is such a good idea.
The weather forecast this morning forecast several days on temperatures around 4 or 5 degrees after Boxing day - so hopefully the snow will melt.
I can feel the fitness draining out of my boots and I am supposed to be doing the Shell four villages half in 4 weeks.
Has Chester round the walls been called off - doing several laps of the race course would be crap.
Yes that is me with the black hat on and number 4167 and the big red hooter because I was freezing. I appear on several photos - which will probably ensure my exclusion from future events as they now know who I am.
You will see from the exchanges above that I offened Alan big time by running at a running event. As I haven't got a dog and the kids have grown up, I didn't know what else to do - seemed like a good way to warm up, but hay-ho you can't please all of the people all of the time.
Back to Moreton - Hoylake - New Brighton - Moreton prom route for a 12 miler tomorrow morning - where you can run without upsetting people.
Congrats ncosgrove, it would have been odd if all 8,000 had crossed the finishing line at the same time. Someone had to finish first and for health & safety reasons the more stretched out the feild was the better (within reason).