Well done Shades - that sounds like a really battling performance after not feeling well. Sometimes we need an unfriendly American (or similar) to spur us on. Trophy hunting is not a bad thing either. I hope it was a good trophy!
Cal - well done! 5th in category is fantastic. Glad it wasn't muddy as I'm sure that must be tough to run through.
Jugula - super time! Well done on 4th in category. Who cares how many people are in it.
Kenny/Ian - hopefully the lacklustre parkrun was just a blip.
Ian - I'm sure you will be fine for the half, and a bit of competition will spice things a bit.
Steve - I had aspirations of not doing an autumn marathon to concentrate on the half. It still hasn't happened! (I am doing at least one half in the autumn though). I'm sure your half in three weeks will seem like a walk in the part compared with the ultra.
Lily - hope your mum is ok and have a lovely holiday.
BigG - Vietnam sounds absolutely wonderful. It's just the sort of holiday I would have loved pre-kids. I'm sure the cycling is keeping your fitness levels up.
18 miles along the Grand Union Canal on Friday, I wasn't feeling it for some reason (maybe there's something in the air). The wheels came off at 15 miles, fighting cramp and then stitch and had to stop a couple of times. I actually walked the last 3/4 mile back (after the Garmin hit 18 miles) but found lots of pokemon by the canal so at least there was a silver lining. Not sure whether it was a salt problem but I think I need to investigate electrolytes - can anyone recommend a particular brand? I will probably need to buy online. Also, if you use shotblox or similar (the jelly ones) how many segments equal a gel?? I am not sure how many I should be eating to have a similar effect.
I had intended to do another run at the weekend but the olympics is playing havoc with my schedule. Stayed up til 3.30am to watch the end of the heptathlon and that finished me off on Sunday.
6 miles around the Thames at lunchtime with a few intervals thrown in, although I was somewhat restricted by the number of tourists. I had a sports massage afterwards at work (£20 for 30 mins which I thought was good value) and apparently my glutes are weak and I need to work on my hip flexors.
Steve – very well done on your first ultra! Fantastic race report, it must have been very hard to carry on again after the cramp. Hope the recovery is going well. What have you got planned next?
Mamafox – I'm so sorry you are still having problems with your foot. Hopefully the blood tests will shed light on what is going on. But, what an epic (and entertaining) race report! You really have a gift with words. Your story about green strappy vest girl reminds me of Abingdon marathon when I was running part of the race behind a girl who had her name on her vest so she was getting cheered on a lot. The problem was that it was the same name as someone at work who really irritates me and it was putting me off the race! So I decided to put in a spurt and left her behind. She never did overtake me and there was a lot of satisfaction in that.
Shades – so sorry about your DNS and the cold. Hope you are feeling much better now.
Mowzer - losing a chip is just what you don't need before a race. Glad it got sorted in the end but I know how things like that can completely throw you. Would you recommend Gloucester?
BigG – I've got a friend who is currently on holiday in Vietnam and is posting pics on FB (she's been in Hanoi and is currently at Ha Long beach) so I am getting a taste of the sorts of places you are talking about. I'm glad you are having a good time, I can imagine running in that humidity is not appealing. But getting that opportunity to see the wildlife is not one to miss!
Ian – I can't see the detail on your pic but I can tell enough to see your handicap has improved significantly. Sorry the 20 miler didn't go too well, but 16 miles is still miles under your belt and you've done a 20 miler already. I've forgotten which marathon you are doing in 5 weeks – is it Loch Ness?
Cal and Jugula – good luck for the Thames Meander half this weekend. Hope the weather isn't too warm for you.
KK – re intervals – I've been learning too. My modified Shades plan for this marathon has a lot of intervals in it, and they seem to consist of 1 mile warm up, 10-14 reps of 400m intervals with 90s standing recovery and 1 mile cool down. The 800 m reps are similar but there are less of them and with 2 mins standing recovery between each rep. I know SK does a fair amount of interval training and has more complicated reps.
Iain – well done (I think) on signing up for a triathlon. I was going to ask how your swimming/cycling was but have just realised you are doing the running part. Easy peasy then!
So I'm back from holiday, a lovely 18 days in Mallorca. It was beautiful weather the entire time we were there but that made it tricky running-wise. I managed 3 x runs a week and did two long runs (14 and 13.5 miles) but found it very hard to do any speed work, it was just too hot. The upshot of the running is that I have put on no weight despite the additional alcohol consumption. Trying to get back on schedule this week and did some 400m intervals last night (14 of them!) which went surprisingly well with splits all within 8 secs of each other. I have 18 miles planned for tomorrow which I'm not looking forward to at all.
I don't think I mentioned that I have a place in the Yorkshire marathon. After trying to get a place via the waitlist, I emailed the organisers who basically said, no chance and suggested I go via the Jane Tomlinson charity as they had places and had no minimum sponsorship requirement. So I'm in. Has anyone else done that one?
Hello! Sorry for absence, these last few weeks of term are brutal with school events and it just seems to get more complicated as they get older.
Cal - oh no! Hope the groin calms down again. Glad you managed to run 11.5 miles anyway.
Shades - hope the potteries marathon went well. Too much sport on TV to watch at the moment
BigG - well done on the relay! V cool to have Adharanand Finn running in the same race. I'm halfway through his new book and I'm really enjoying it. Did you go out on the moors?
KK - lovely dog! Hope the cat has not taken too much of a dislike to him.
Iain - please keep posting on your phone
Ian - tempo run? So are you doing actual proper training now?? God knows how fast you will be!!
Mowzer - wow. Just wow. I dread to think what you had planned for this weekend
Steve - that is very impressive running to get 2nd place the day after a marathon.
Jugula - does that mean you are back in business? If so, that's great news.
Mamafox - hope the foot behaves itself and you are back properly running soon.
Training has been going ok, I had a bug a couple of weeks ago which meant I lost a few runs but fortunately not the long runs. I ran 16 miles on Friday (although a bit slowly!)
Today was the Bushey Spire 10k - a new race for me. It was very well organised (and I'm not just saying this because my running club organised it). There was a 10k, 5k and kids races which went off after the main races had finished. All my boys ran in their first race and seemed to enjoy it although my eldest (who has special needs and gets tired very easily) struggled a bit and walked part of the course. I think it was more because he was last and he lost his confidence - I ran over to him and ran the last part with him and that seemed to get him going again. He said he enjoyed it anyway. It was very good value - £6 for the kids races and they got a technical t-shirt, medal and banana. I got a PB (51:48) which was a minute faster than the 10k I ran in May. It was hillier than expected and quite warm so I'm pretty pleased with that.
Has anyone ever got a place in the Yorkshire marathon via the waitlist, and if so, when did you find out? I have signed up to the waitlist but can't find any information about the chances of getting a place. I've posted on their facebook page but have had no response.
Shades - not sure I am always queen of the splits! Coldplay was fantastic, would really recommend seeing them if you like their stuff. They gave everyone bands for their wrists which lit up at various points in different colours and in time with the music. Once it got properly dark it looked amazing!
Anyway, as a result of getting slightly carried away, I drank too much very expensive and not that nice beer and this morning's 14 miler was not a pleasant experience. It's a good job the weather was cool.
KK - he supports Liverpool but as we live nowhere near, he has adopted Watford as his local team and has a season ticket for him and one child (he alternates who goes). Ironically, they are playing Bournemouth on 1st October and I want to run Bournemouth. Such a shame they are not away rather than home. I may still do it, if I can get down there on Saturday evening. They post out the pack rather than having to collect them so its feasible.
Nessie - sounds like you are doing really well! I swear by running for weight loss and I'm the lightest I've been since I was 17. Shame about the wobbly bits I now have though. I'd like to blame it on the kids, but some of it is self-inflicted!
Ian - I really want to do Loch Ness as well but I think this year its just too difficult. I even looked up the train times, it is a bit of an epic journey! Good luck with the tunnel 10k this weekend.
Cal - sporadic knee issues here too and I'm sure its the ITB or glutes causing it. I just try and roller it when I remember.
BigG - its a very odd tale, particularly if they could put the doubters to rest by posting the strava data. I can't believe he can carry on running with a fractured toe though, I think they hurt like hell!
So child no 1 is at a disco, child no 2 is at his first cub camp (2 nights!). We have spent all evening so far ferrying them around. I realise this is what we have to come in a few years...