John, the relays are held in Sutton Park near Birmingham. Quite near where my wife Margaret was born and brought up as it happens. It's an undulating course on parkland paths. The team came fifth last year. They thought it might have been third if I'd been running, hence the suggestion I join their club. Of course, selection isn't automatic and it's pretty much going to be based on a local relay race of similar distance ten days earlier. On paper I'm in the fastest three in the club and obviously it helps that the fourth-fastest runner is injured at the minute, unfortunate though that is for him. Good luck with your races this weekend.
ceal, I envy you your trip to Wisley, if not the trip home!
Tracey, congratulations on another Brighton Marathon medal.
Impey, Costa Rica's not a regular holiday destination for Brits as the Caribbean islands are nearby but not quite as far. Most people, like me, go for the birds and other wildlife. It's one of the few really safe Central American countries to travel in. Well, apart from some pretty mad driving!
I did a 6.5 mile tempo run with my old club yesterday evening (average pace 8:35) and a track session with a few people from my newer club this morning. That was 10 x 400 and the first real speed session I've done for many a month. So quite pleased, even if the lap times were a few seconds down on my best form. Rest periods were about 1 min 25 secs.
A bit quicker towards the end once I was sure I had enough left in my legs to complete the session.
It looks like I'll be in a three-man Over 65 team in the nation road relay championships on May 16th. You may remember that was the main reason I joined the new club last year. I thought I was going to have to compete for the third spot (the first two select themselves) but I've just found out the other guy's injured. I'm quicker than him normally but it's good to have the pressure off.
I had a really good time in Costa Rica with my friend. We saw lots of colourful and interesting birds, were lucky enough to see the Arenal volcano without its usual covering of cloud, and just generally enjoyed the tropical weather and surroundings. I took my running gear but it never came out of the suitcase I'm afraid.
So that was almost three weeks without running. I still feel very disappointed that a gentle, and I do mean gentle, 5 mile run the day after I got back left me with quite sore muscles the next day though. I'm still well below par, although getting back slowly. I ran less than 40 miles in March and am about 100 miles down on this time last year.
Mick, oh dear, not the best of news from you. At least the pains are a lot better which has to be a positive sign. I hope the appointment with the specialist goes well and it's nothing to worry about. What with one thing and another you haven't had much luck recently.
ceal and John, I'll be taking running gear to Costa Rica but how much time I'll get to run is doubtful. We'll have pretty full days. But I'd like to fit in at least once a week if at all possible, if only for a mile or so, just to keep ticking over.
The bird will have to be pretty big for me to take a decent shot on my camera phone so doubt if I'll be posting anything like that on Facebook. I reserve the right to post jealous-making general holiday shots if only to get my own back on travelling friends.