5 miles late yesterday afternoon and 6 miles this morning. Legs feel fine, which is good
I'm out with some friends tomorrow, where we are taking part in the much talked about, but never executed, "Wetherspoons 7". This means having a drink in each of the 7 local drinking establishments, and only surviving on their fine food throughout the day. Depending on how it goes, there is the option of extending the challenge to "Wetherspoons 11", but we'll see how we get on....
Shades, regarding DMV I was wondering if they've had to change the course slightly, as part of the course I did is now basically a private road I think. Yes, I remember that day with the rain. I was on the second loop of the course, and running along the top with no one in sight ahead of me and no one in slight behind me and I was totally soaked and getting cold. At that point, I'm afraid I did have one of those "what the **** am I doing?" moments. For me, that was the worst marathon moment I've had, and to top it off I cramped up badly too. I hated it!
Just a quick note about the winner of the Ladies 10K. She's the lady who works at Paignton Lidl and has cracked out a couple of sub-3 marathons, and has a world record dressed as some kind of film character A bit naughty of the Herald though, as they haven't credited the Trotter photographer with the photo I sent, even though I asked them to.
Shades, yes my next marathon is Palma, on 16th Oct. Not sure what I'm going to do on that one yet. I may do the same as what I did in Barnstaple (i.e., just enjoy it) or I may go out at 9min/miles and see if I can get closer to 4hrs. Not sure at the moment, and I think part of my decision will be based on if it's too hot for me there. Also, if it is too hot for me, I may well drop down to the Half when I register. That has always been an option for me, so I'll see when I get there. I've checked and it's 26 to 28 deg out there this week, which is hot for me for running.
I am also thinking about our local race, Dartmoor Vale, at the end of Oct but I haven't entered that one yet. However, I know I don't particularly like that course, so I'll see what I feel like after Palma and decide then. It seems a shame not to do it, as it's so close to me. I was toying with Cornish marathon towards the end of November, but I haven't done enough hill training so I have discounted that one.
For next Spring, I need to target one and train better for it and aim for a PB at that point. If I get into London, I may target that race, and if not I have Davey's race booked on 29th April which would be an okay one to target. I'm even turning down weekends away with friends with the hope that I'll be able to train a bit better and get some consistency, although I do have plans the weekend before London. Well see.
Yesterday, I entered the First Chance 10K, which is on 8th Jan. It's a really popular and well organised local race and a good tester to see how much fitness I've lost over the festive period I had to transfer my number this year, as I had one of my chest infections that set me back a bit.
Eleta, good luck with the diet and the PT. Stick at it and I'm sure you'll get there. Just a quick one about MFP - if you use it on a phone, they've got a "scan" feature, where you can scan the barcodes of items and the system knows what those items are. So it saves typing things in, if you use that.
Jugula, well done on getting the last long run done. You've come a long way since your injury woes, and I hope you have a better experience in Bilbao.
Shades, that report did take a little while to do, but I did a bit of it on Sunday, and then just sat in a coffee shop writing the rest on Monday AM, so it was no problem I do my best, but often people notify me of something too late for the report, and once I've submitted it I don't re-edit it (unless I've accidentally got someone's name wrong, which I have done on occasion ). I do quite enjoy writing them, and a nice thing for me is that most people in the club know me now (well, certainly those that do some races). Also, I do really like hearing about everyone's races, and their goals etc. I do wonder though, in the age of Facebook etc, if the reports are read widely as people post details of their races immediately after finishing, and I don't tend to get the report out until Monday lunchtime ann then it isn't published in the papers until later in the week.
Also, I do not chase people for info as it's down to them to tell me things by a certain time, and I'm quite clear on this. So I don't trawl Facebook looking for things - people need to email me if they want something included, which I think is fair enough really.
MF, great news you're back running and the injury appears manageable. Good luck with the prep for the next marathon. You're right, the removal of a time goal does take the pressure off!
Steve, as others have said, that's a great report and it sounds like you've thought about it a lot but it doesn't sound like you could have done anything differently on the day. Well done for giving it a crack, and I'm sure you'll get closer to your goal in future events.
Shades, I had wondered if you'd bumped into ET. I put something in this week's report about her new record I'm not really sure why, but a few times the Herald hasn't published my reports, even though they've checked a couple of details after I've sent it to them. Not sure why that is, although I imagine it's a space issue in the paper. I don't get to read the Mid Devon Advertiser so not sure if they've appeared in there or not. But here is this week's report on the Trotters site which includes a pic of ET
As you know, I loved Budapest when I visited and will keep it in mind for next year. I can't commit to it just yet, but I am definitely interested.
Ian, you're right that a headwind is tough. Often, I've been out running and hadn't realised I'd even had a tail wind until I've turned around and ran back, and it's always far harder into the wind! I'm really not sure why this is - there must be a mathematical reason for it, to do with wind resistance and mass, or something.
I know I did a 10-mile race a couple of years ago, in what were very windy conditions. I am quite tall (6ft3) and a few runners were running right behind me using me as a wind break. Bar stewards