Lorenzo - I've been lurking but to be honest I didn't feel like I had much to offer the thread. Everyone on here is so fast now and I've been running like a middle aged woman. Oh wait, I am a middle aged woman....!!! I didn't want to put any pressure on myself to get back to running this, that or the other and wasn't sure if I might put my energies into tri from now on. However, I've decided that running is what I enjoy the most. I've completely recovered from surgery and my hip has reacted well to all I've thrown at it. I'm not bad for someone of my years and I feel ready to train a bit harder again. And, I miss you guys!
I'm back! After a few months of low mileage and a stupid amount of races: 15 in 4 months plus a tri. I've used the races to get some speedier work in and I've done everything from half marathon to short fell races with 2000ft climb in. I've done better than expected in most and even picked up a few prizes, until the only one that matters: GNR. I had a shocking run! Maybe it was because it was the 4th race in 3 weeks, or maybe I'm just quite unfit at the longer distance.
Anyway, I've managed 5x 20 milers in the last couple of months and I'm now tapering for the Marine Corps Marathon. It seems odd tapering when you've not really trained! My plan is to enjoy it and not push too hard - I have 3 cities to visit in the 7 days after and since its an anniversary trip I need to be able to think about other things than DOMS!
I've decided that now is the time (or at least once I get the above out the way) to knuckle down and start setting some goals.
Got my London confirmation through at the weekend.
He and his marra, Tango, completed GNR then ran to my house, some 60 miles north at the start of their run for peace. I think Tango ran something like 1:18 at GNR before continuing up the road! Anyway they have now been around the country and arrived back in Chester at the weekend (they are covering around 80 miles per day taking it in turns to run and cycling, carry all their kit on the bike), and they did Chester Marathon in 2:18 (Tango) and 3:31 (MarathonMan). Gul I thought of you because Tango was telling us about a marathon he's arranging in Newark and I think I'd read that you were going to enter but it was full?
Chick - fantastic result! Very well done and you must be delighted? Glad the ticker behaved!
Thanks for the list Barry:
AA-Amsterdam 18th October
2Old- Lisbon 18th October
Minni-Marine Corps ? 25th October
Barry - Valencia 15 Nov
Bro- San Sebastian- 29th November
Quite international now! Next up AA (AA I also have a gashed knee, maybe its out age...) and 2old. What's Lisbon like 2Old? I imagine Amsterdam will be flat AA?!
I've been mooching along with a low mileage and lots of racing, it seems. Put together a list for our club awards night and realise I've done 15 races and one tri in the last 4 months! All have been better than my expectations except the only one non runners are interested in - GNR. It was a shocker! Maybe it was down to it being the 4th race in three weeks, maybe it was this or that, or maybe it was just realistic of where I am at. Anyway 1:41! I've managed 5 long runs in the lead up to Marines and the final 20 at the weekend I clocked up an average of 8:29 and really enjoyed it. My aim is to just sneak a GFA but we'll wait and see. I've only been running between 30-40mpw.
But, I have finally accepted that there's no reason for me not to start proper training again. No matter what I've done over the summer I've not cause any distress to my old injuries. So, get this marathon out the way and take it from there. Watch this space...!