Surely it's just taper madness there CJeff. Good luck!
hope Wardi and Piscator and any other racers had good days.
That target Piscator kept me going towards the end today as I finished in 1:20:28!! 1.5 mins down on last year for harder effort but I have 7 weeks to lose lard and get some more training in so not too unhappy. Nice even paced race anyway (all 5km splits within 10secs of each other). Slow trudge home for 20.5 miles for the day. My hips still knackered unfortunately hope it comes right one day!
Sorry DanA, i am on a tight leash time wise i think on Sunday and i want to test myself/see how unfit i actually am as well (its the only race i'm likely to do now pre Florence), will look out for you though. Sounds pretty horrific the crime.
best of luck for Sunday then Wardi, great news you are able to toe the line!
TR well done to the lad!
Tom13 you are way faster than me and i've managed a couple of sub 245s and have hopes of maybe even sub 240 nexy year, so i woudl imagine if you follow the advice on here and work on that endurance with slower miles, you'll be well under 240 if all goes well.
Well after a summer of woe, i have managed to average about 40 miles a week for past 7 weeks, and with 7 weeks to go still to Florence, hopefully can get myself in reasonable nick by then. Thought all was scuppered again when on holiday in Majorca last weekend - did a trail run, and twisted my ankle badly about 1 hour 10 out from the hotel. A slow trudge back on a swelling foot wasn't the best for it but meant i got the required 2.5 hours endurance work in, but only managed 13.5 miles! Foot very slowen and bruised for a couple of days, and still a bit sore, but basically coming right and i've managed a couple of runs last 2 days so back on track.
I picked up a place just last night in the royal parks half marathon through work (will eb running as someone else..) which worked well as a hard training run within a 21 miler last year so i will do the same Sunday, jog there 4 miles, run it 95% race effort, leaving just enough in tank for 4 mile jog home. DanA do you have Xempo tent there this year?
TT sounds a good plan for you to consolidate at that level - still seems funny how that is low mileage to you, and 50-60 is high mileage for me - mayeb htats why i am so much slower and fatter!
Off to Octoberfest in Wapping tonight, should be fun - bit of carbo loading for Sunday Next weekend hitting Cardiff for the rugby, will be very nervous.
Piscator - we can have a virtual race on Sunday - think we are in similar shape - you might be a bit ahead in fact as i only managed 18:06 in a 5km 2 weeks back. Good luck!
just poppin in to say congratulations to the Berlin folks. Brilliant times Muss, PP and Lev. I too had thought PP was a banker for sub 2:30, but i guess that's in fact taking away from how hard the target is, just that the training had been amazing, but you're so close now PP that you'll surely have to give it another pop!
i've got tix to quite a few games, but the usual way - buying them!! just got loads of friends/family to apply, i actually only got 1 game myself, as did my wife (a 1/4 and a semi) but we were buying 4 to each game we applied for, as did the others so we've managed to secure most the games we want. but not the final.
sorry to hear about TT's illness/bad luck, hope it comes right soon, i know what that's like after being wiped out for 10 days with some sort of gastro thing back in start of August. After a horror July as well with a hip tendon tear, plus personal stuff and work travel, have only started to get back into things in last 4 weeks. Also sorry to hear about Wardi's injury as you do seem to have been going well, and hope CD is/stays OK. I think i might have some of those heart issues but not been tested, maybe i should. Good to see TR/WTGY/LS21/Pisc/JI (congrats on the horizontal exercising!) back, i have been lurking! CW you've been doing a lot too and Joolska going OK, sorry to hear about a lurgified CC2! apologies to those i have inevitably missed...
Did Maidenhead half pretty slowly (but felt pretty hard) in 1:25ish which showed me how much work i have to do. Still planning on running Florence but can't imagine it will be too fast after the last 3/4 months, and with the world cup/rugby distractions (also have in-laws with us for 8 weeks... even though the tournament is only 6!!).
best of luck to those running Berlin this weekend, PP (and MsPP) and Lev you all seem in incredible form. Muss hope that you get what you're after too after your injury, will be top effort if you can.
righto, will try and tick off another hour running today (basic 9-10 week marathon plan in action now = run at least an hour each day of the week, plus long run on weekend and a rest day) and try and lose a few kilos. The gastro bug had me losing 5kg to get back to race weight, but i was ill... and have subsequently put the weight back on.
Oh for any mountain bikers out there - i just got back from a week in Moab (Utah) mountain biking, absolutely incredible. Boys trip met up with 5 guys from NZ plus two of us from here - highlight of my year! Hopefully the 3 hours a day cardio in the saddle will have set me up to kick on running OK now, but some of the rides scared the sh*t out of me.