Great stuff Minni despite a dodgy build up. Would you do a race like that again (relaxed build up and destination race for the experience)? Or did the "I could do this quicker if I'd done more training" niggle get under your skin?
SJ - I actually loved racing like that to the point its made me want to ditch my garmin for racing. But... am I really that brave?! The 'could've gone quicker' niggle isn't there. I achieved exactly what I wanted from the day.
Jools - I know a few that have done Chicago and really enjoyed it. It was very hot this year. NYC would be awesome expecially finishing in Central Park. They were setting up when we were there. But why not think of the MCM? I'd definitely do it again. The course is fab and crowds amazing. I think the field was around 30,000. You'd actually do very well there, even run as an easy marathon. Also got a top quality Brooks long sleeve thermal as race t-shirt!
I'm not sure what my plans are for next year. I'm tempted to ditch a spring campaign in a bid to try and get back what little speed I once had.
The next few weeks involve the Brampton to Carlisle next weekend (OO, SJ are you there?), then a couple of weeks of XC followed by a 5 mile.
GM, Malcs - going back to the rugby, what a game. You had to feel for Scotland - we were screaming at the TV! We met South Africans and Australians in the US and they both agreed that it should have been a win for Scotland. But, as I pointed out, at least they finished heroes rather than getting hammered in the next round!
I have a London place so if I do a spring marathon it will be there but to be honest I might give it a miss and do some short stuff for the next six months then target an autumn one. Spitfire - it falls on my daughter'a birthday in 2016 so probably not. She will be 20 but I've spend every birthday with her - it's always a special day!