I'm still around, just drowning in the madness that is the last few weeks of term. This year has been complicated by my youngest son starting school in September so I have nursery events and school events for him as well as for the other two. After this week is over, it should get a lot calmer! I am not popular with my husband at the moment who is coming in a very distant last place to children's events, work and running.
The running is going to plan although my long runs are still slightly too fast. I'm fine on trail surfaces but as soon as I get onto pavements, I speed up without realising it.
Will do a proper catch up when things calm down a bit. 5 days left of the school term...
Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to this. I don't know if I would use the coaching, in the short term I suspect I wouldn't. I also wouldn't be doing loads of races, I am usually racing 4-5 x per year.
I could join another local club – but I sort of thought that they wouldn't look favourably on someone who joined the club and then never actually went to any training sessions, but just turned up for a few races with their shirt on. But maybe I'm wrong about that?
There is one within a 5 min walk of my house. But their training sessions are all in the early evening and there is no chance I can get to them. It is £22 per year (I think – their charging structure seems a bit odd). There is another a little further away which does have later training session and feasibly I could get to some but not every week. They are a little cheaper.
I guess it would be useful to know other people doing a race – particularly as I often tend to go on my own.
Purple patch running club – is anyone a member (either currently or previously)? Would you recommend it? I am thinking of joining, I've done a search on the forums and can't find much recent feedback about it. I can't get to a local club for training due to childcare/work commitments and I rarely run at the same times each week. But I would like to get training advice and reduced entry into races. I ran one of their races last year and it was a really well organised race (helped by the PB I got as well).
Shades – they are not sporty really, more that I am trying to make sure they get into the habit of exercise and improve their stamina. The older two (who are twins) were premature and are still pretty skinny and don't have a lot of stamina really in comparison to other kids their age. I think the youngest is probably going to be the best at sports, he has very good hand/eye coordination and when he can be bothered is pretty good at tennis for a just turned 4 yr old. Sports day tomorrow for one of them, so we will see how he does. I will be in there like a shot if they have a parents race.
SK – I would be really cross about them sending their son along to training knowing that you were likely to have to deal with the consequences.
Mowzer – I will check the diary re Ware. We have tonnes of kids parties coming up as well. I can't keep up with their social lives
BigG – tough running that late at night – do you end up going to bed really late as a result? I know if I run past 9ish I find it really hard to wind down.
Pegasus - I generally do my early morning runs on an empty stomach, although they are usually shorter runs. If I am doing long runs (10 miles+), I do tend to have something to eat more than an hour beforehand. I can't eat too soon before or I get a stitch. Hot cross buns are a favourite with me as well.
Occupational hazard of running at this time of year (especially in the woods) – hayfever. Still seem to have very sluggish legs at the moment but have managed to keep to the plan of 5 runs a week. Admittedly I'm only on week 3! Think I might need a gel for the 14 miler on Friday though.