Shades, no news. All is back to normal like the weekend never happened. Mrs G had a standard check up with the midwife yesterday (pregnant ladies get seen every couple of weeks or so in the last few weeks) and there are no concerns currently. However, Mrs G didn't get much sleep again last night but is in bed napping at the moment, so hopefully will get some sleep today.
Shades, you're right about HA. She is very modest. After her sub-5 hour half ironman the other weekend she apparently just shrugged her shoulders about her time and more or less said "Ah, it's nothing really". It's quite amusing as there is a chap at our club who really wants to beat her at a half marathon but has never managed it. He's a really nice bloke and is quite open about his aim, but always goes off like a rocket at the start of races and Helen just calmly sticks to her pace and she's never been beaten by him. I think she wants to keep it this way too
She is a great racer - obviously I'm miles behind her but I was running with her at Exeter half which is 3-lap course, so on occasion we were running towards each other. She seems a very clever racer as opposed to just a runner, if that makes sense. I.E., tucking in behind people where needed, when she was overtaking someone she seemed to put a quick burst in presumably so that the person she was overtaking couldn't hang on, etc. A great runner. I haven't spoken to her about it, but I think her marathon PB needs some adjustment based on some of her recent times. It will be interesting to see what she does in her next marathon, but I don't know what her plans are with that; I wouldn't be surprised to see her go up to the full ironman as I know another lady in the club is contemplating that as well.
Mowzer, sounds like you had a great time. Finishing with the last marathon with the fastest time of the ten is pretty good going as well!
No news of the baby. It's almost as if we just dreamt the contractions over the last couple of days. They have totally stopped. My wife had a quick word with a midwife on the phone this morning and this isn't unusual so nothing to worry about. It's more annoying than anything as my wife is shattered at the moment, but what will be will be
Lotus Flower - often a lot of the local off road races may not be accurately measured - they may for example be advertised as "around 10 miles". They may end up being 9.7 miles, or in one case locally it was 12 miles (and no, I didn't get lost!) For me, I don't care about this as these tough off road races are different and you can't really compare one course with another. My main focus is how I am doing for me, and in comparison to my mates at the running club hence not being bothered about Pof10.
For road races, yes I would want an "official" course, but that doesn't have to be UKA.
I suppose this thread again goes to show that everyone is different, and that's great