Well done today too, that was a quality bit of resting. In fact I think that's the best rest day you've had. Like a true pro you've clearly saved your best resting for when it counts the most!
Back to the mind games though. I had the same worry as you about the last few miles when I was trying to get off my 4hr plateau in 2013. The difference between that attempt and previous ones was I'd prepared much, much better (as you have). I also had proper carbo loading in place (as you have). And I had in-race nutrition practiced and sorted (as you have).
Trust that it will work! I was so convinced, I bought the company Seriously, as my old boss used to say, if it doesn't work I'll show my arse on Albert Embankment
....nobody wants to see that so you better not let me down!
Reikirabbit - hmm, still not sure about the 'shrooms. It might be easier if I had the rest of the family to badger me but they all hate 'em too Appreciate the tip though!
Aunty Angela - woo hoo! Excellent PB, very well done indeed! You'll be closing in on sub 1:30 next.
Freemers - blimey that is a stonking run there (auto correct nearly had that as 'stinking run' ). I may have to do Cranleigh next year but I feel a certain loyalty to Spitfire now
Why do they have to have them the same day! Grr.
Fairyclogs - so sorry we didn't see you. Thing is we came in at about 2:37 so we can't have been far away from you. How were you running it, steady or as a progression?
We hung around afterwards in the bacon buttie tent but didn't spot you there either
Really enjoyed the race despite the conditions. I always find it a good test because of the hills.
We did 4 x 5 miles at 8:45's, 8's, 7:45's and then the last 5 averaging 6:52! Pretty damn pleased with that.
Tried the flip belt for the first time - soooo much more comfortable than my loop based belt. A little tricky finding the holes to get the gels out though!
Steve - good to hear that you got some cycling in although in that weather it can't have been pleasant.
Another brilliant result for Clare! Steve's Angels are on fire!
What's the latest on the calf and back?
CL - congrats on the club 1st place!
Tom - great to hear that the calf held up. That's really good of Roger to see you. He's a top guy. I had a few back issues pre Paris last year and Roger straightened me out quite literally
Good news on the gel band and shoes. Two less things to worry about.
Hope the trip to Glasgow goes well.
golfer - great 22 with the parachute!
Spitfire was great thanks. Pretty windy there too but the rain wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I was running with Shady Ady and DS2. So we did 4 x 5 miles at 8:45, 8, 7:45 and then the last 5 averaging 6:52. Pretty pleased with that as, apart from the aerodrome, it's quite a hilly course.
Did a full in race nutrition rehearsal. First time using the flip belt - soooo much more comfortable than my gel belt with the loops. Only negative was that I found it a difficult to find the slits in the belt. Once I did I could get the gel out easily though. Definitely prefer it to my old one.
Just wanted to say good luck Tom for tomorrow. I hope there's no pain from the calf and that you can go into the last two weeks without it hanging over you. Not that I think it should be a worry. Keep things steady and you'll be fine.
Iain - good luck with your run tomorrow, good to see you back at it. Thanks for sharing details of your race experience - very interesting.
Steve - so sorry to hear about the calf. I hope it turns out to be nothing serious. Really unfortunate about the back too. Still 4 weeks to London so time is on your side at least.
Amazing performance by Ros! Love that after all that she went to do a bit of Parkrun tourism
Parkrun best for the year today for me: 19:37 in quite windy conditions. I'm up at 6:30 for Spitfire tomorrow. Looks like the weather will be interesting!