Sounds like a decent final weekend before the taper Jools. It did occur to me that while you & ES are darting between the skyscrapers in Chicago, me & Charlie will be enjoying the rural pleasures of Gate Helmsley, Buttercrambe, Stamford Bridge & Osbaldwick.
16m for me today which brought up a 64m week. When I was a bit younger I could churn out weeks like this routinely, nowadays my legs won't speak to me afterwards!
I see the Marathon WR was almost broken at Berlin (6 seconds adrift). Awesome run from Marders, I think that was his 2nd best of all time. Chapeau.
Still a good time Jools, pity you couldn't find a tall/wide windbreak for the breezy section.
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Charlie.. local knowledge.. turns out one of our 'fellow athletes' has just opened a healthy food café/restaurant just up the road from your intended hotel in York. May be useful for a pre/post marathon snack..
Good stuff Vic! I did this one along with Joe this year. I've done VLM loads of times, Dublin, Nottingham, Frankfurt, Berlin but Barca is my favourite too. Half the size of London so less congestion, much easier to follow for supporters (VLM is a shocker for this!).
Also.. start & finish plus Expo are all in one place (near the Fira fountains) so if your hotel is in the vicinity you can walk to/from the start on race day - no need for a kit bag. I stayed in the Hotel Lugano which is about 500m from the start/finish/expo, nice place & people. The 2 years I've done it the weather has been sunny but cool, 8-10 degrees at the start and 12-16 by the finish - perfect really.
Start is 08:30 so you can be done & dusted by lunchtime and ready for a large Estrella
One of the race organisers around here is renowned for making his events more complicated than necessary. During a team of 3 relay race he arrived at the start of leg one and announced '..now I'm going to read out a list of people who shouldn't be here'. One of my club mates muttered 'this could take some time'.
Good to see the mojo has returned Dan. I always find 3 x 2m @10k pace tough but satisfying afterwards.
Nice win amongst the chaos SL!
Charlie.. Not seen a full list of the fast boys for York though Race Jase is doing Toronto now. You should be top twenty all being well so the front line beckons for you. I'm in Zone 1 too but I will respectfully stand near the back.