Hi Hanster, great hearing from you. Good to hear you're doing well and I'm very impressed with your target for next year, I'm sure you can do it. Do you know which marathon you'll do?
I did the Fan Dance this Sunday and have rarely finished a race so broken, mainly due to a series of errors on my part. Starting with my trail shoes, which I had tested, but not in the wet; as it turned out, they had no grip on mud, and less-than-brilliant grip on wet rocks. This made descending the steep part rather terrifying and I went over on my ankle, which I decided to "run off". That worked pretty well but I went over on it again near the end and it's a bit sore now, so I'm RICE-ing away on it trying to fix it. I was fairly happy with how I did on the uphills and even managed to catch a few people, but they mostly flew past me on the downhill when I was cautiously picking my way down. And it turned out I was right to be cautious: near the end I tried to pick up the pace to hold off someone behind me and tripped and fell... flat on my face... about 100m from the finish line. I got off pretty lightly given that I was running down a steep rocky path and have only a few bruises and scuffmarks to show for it!
It was a good experience though and a lot less scary than I thought it would be - I had a couple of moments wondering why I was doing it in the first half as we ran into the cloud on top on Pen y Fan with the wind and rain lashing us, but the sun came out for the second half. The guys marshalling it were brilliant and very encouraging, and I can absolutely see why people come back to do it again and again. They do a winter version...
Hello hello, it's been a while but I had a good wildlife spot on my run yesterday and it made me think of you guys, so thought I'd post. I saw a hare! I don't think I've ever seen a real-life wild hare before, but I was running on the Ridgeway yesterday and there was one on the path. Cool! It was a nice run too, trying to get some hills and trail into my legs before I do the Fan Dance, though I know it was neither hilly enough nor rough enough compared to the real thing. Eek, slightly concerned now.
Anyway, I hope you're both doing well and have recovered from your marathons.
Well done Hanster! That's a brilliant time, especially given what you described above. Doesn't sounds like a fun day out though, sorry to hear you found it so tough. Well done for keeping going. How are your legs feeling today? I hope recovery goes better for you after this race.
What are we going to talk about now? Wildlife-spotting and Women's Hour, of course!
Yes, good luck Hanster! I hope you enjoy it. I'm very impressed with your mileage between your last marathon and this... I'm not sure I've managed to get into double figures for a weekly mileage since London. That weather forecast sounds great, I hope it stays like that for you. I'm already looking forward to your report!
As for hills, no, not really. Cos that'd make it too easy really... There's one moderate hill nearby that I'll be running up and down a lot I think.