chickadeee - great to hear from you! That's good news on the achilles front. It's always hard coming back from injury to know when you can let go, relax and beconfident that whatever was broken will hold. It'll come.
Did you apply for London this year? Can you apply if you live outside the UK?
Seems my earlier optimism was severely misplaced as I got another 'no' mag to add to my collection.
I'm taking this as a sign that I'm destined to get into London by a different route
reikirabbit - I checked and I've had official PBs on another Parkrun course when I'd ran quicker elsewhere so it does appear to be course specific. Makes sense really. I ran 19:02 in Greenock in the summer (a much easier course than Orpington) but I still got my "New PB!" badge at the weekend
lol - yes, maranoia is definitely in the air. I'm actually getting worried about not having a cold! In my mind that only increases the chances of catching one late next week - how crazy is that?!
Mr P - mmmm....Chinese....
Yes, it does indeed seem like mara training helps with speed. That's one of Angela's favourite little factettes (I was going to say theories but it does appear to be true). Shh, don't say it too loud or she'll be on here being all cocky
Sorry to hear about Chester, I thought there was a glimmer of hope but as you say, if you're not right then it would be silly. The only exception would be if there was wine on route and you 'ran it for fun' like those two nutters in the cops and robbers outfits.
Sean - cheers! There are alot of distractions over the summer but thankfully I did manage to still keep going. It wasn't at all like this last year though - summer was a complete write off running wise so I may have just got lucky this year.
Sunday was a killer for heat so I'm not surprised you found it hard going. Don't let it de-motivate you though. Cooler weather is coming I'm sure and it won't be long before we're all moaning about the snow and ice
Getting a plan will make the world of difference I'm sure of it. What do you think you might aim for next? Faster 10K/half or back into marathon training?
Rachel - sorry to hear about the bail out. It happens. The next one will be much better.
Why are you so convinced you'll get a 'no' mag? I got into the ballot two years in a row so it's fair to say my view on it is slightly warped. I guess overall statistics would suggest that your level of optimism is probably more appropriate but while bad news still hasn't hit the door mat there is always hope!
10 x 400's for me yesterday. First few were around 6mm pace but at least half were in the mid 5:40's. Very pleased with that. 6 miles at 8-8:20 pace today.
Just had the busiest of weekends and with today's 3 long conference calls the days have just flown. On the plus side I haven't had any time for taper madness
Mc Hilly - wow, Comrades eh? How extremely exciting! Will you do a spring marathon as well as an autumn one as part of your build up? Got any ultras planned as part of the training too?
Sarah - congratulations once again. A brilliant result and you could have won it too! Just think, that could have been be one more random household gadget to add to your collection! Next time less chatting and concentrate on the job at hand. Slacker!
Once you start the 10K training you'll be absolutely flying I'm sure. I can't remember, are you running London this year? You could totally nail 3:15. I sense 2015 is going to be your year.
reikirabbit - great going on the Parkrun PB! Was it at another course? Are Parkrun PB's not course specific?
Good to hear the tendon is mostly behaving itself. Mind you, you are looking after it well - I see you're getting through the whole gamut of alternative medicines
Mr P - very well done on getting through what sounded like a beautiful but very tough race. I'm not surprised you wanted to lie down at the end!
Has this affected your Chester decision at all?
What was the takeaway option btw.?
Rachel - the comeback continues! That's a brilliant result!
Breathing is always something worth paying attention to so well done on that count. It was very warm indeed yesterday, I couldn't believe it. I'm sure it was cooler when we were in France in August!
I bagged a 20 second PB at Parkrun on Saturday - 19:03, quite gobsmacked! Tantalisingly close to the sub 19 I've been working towards but I'm still extremely pleased as I was convinced I'd lost speed over the summer.
On Sunday I did a very nice steady 15 miler at roughly 8 min/mile pace. Went really well apart from a bout of Dehli Belly which made the second half quite uncomfortable. Thankfully I made it home in time to reach the sanctuary of a loo. That's all I'm saying on the subject
Mr P - gosh, I forgot about Sandstone! Sounds like you had a nice confidence boosting run on Wednesday to take you into it.
Hope it goes well! As you say, weather looks set to be perfect.
Ah, the food bulletins
I've still been broadly sticking to Ruth's recommendations but now I'm under less scrutiny I've probably let it slip a little.
Mrs Malcs keeps me on the straight and narrow now. She cooked up some extremely nice salmon tikka the other night. Dead easy - just salmon steak marinaded in a tikka paste then pan fried and eaten with cucumber, tomato and yoghurt with chopped chilli in pitta breads.
She also did a lovely shin beef in ginger and soy with noodles, broccoli and green beans. No egg fried rice or prawn crackers though
Rachel - definitely the right approach, go and enjoy the last of the sunshine before monsoon season hits (you know this fine weather just can't last).
Rachel - great going! All looking good for Sunday - I'm liking the enthusiasm. Very best of luck to you.
reikirabbit - good to hear the tendon is improving. Still plenty of time to get things sorted before York. You're taking all the right steps which is the main thing.
Sometimes it can seem like full recovery is a long way off but it doesn't take long to shake most things if you give the body a chance.
I've found that most of the niggles I've had in the past felt like they would take ages to put right but then a few days later, after rest and treatment (although sometimes just with rest), the picture has completely changed.
I feel a bit guilty saying this but this week has gone really well for me. Usually this would be time when the build up of training finally gets to me and something breaks. However, I had 3 very good runs this week and feel nicely rested today with just parkrun and a steady 15 miler to come over the weekend.
After that the taper really starts to kick in with next weekend's steady 10 miler as the only run over 6 miles for the next 2 weeks. Surely something can't break now?