First all of, all very well done KK on last weekend's marathon. I think I had got confused as I thought you were doing Liverpool - I didn't realise there was another one first! Great race report and what a cheap marathon!
Shades - great time again for Worcester. One of my club ran it and got a good time as well. Sounds like a really nice marathon to add to the list. How is the calf now? I will pass on the flip belt to my sister, thank you. I have to say I really do like it but I wear it over my hips. I'm not sure I'm going to lose much more weight off there!
Cal - Well done on the 10k pb! I am the same about the gym - I know I should do some weights and cross-training but if you give me the choice of running vs anything else, I would rather run.
BigG - hope you are on the mend - I know a few people who have had really lingering coughs and fatigue and it has taken them weeks to get over it. My husband has been off work since the end of last year and is definitely managing to fill his days. I am ready for him to go back to work though!!
Jugula - sorry you are still struggling with the achilles - why does running on a treadmill help?? Now Cal mentions it, I was recommended to have shockwave therapy on my achilles but at the time, my insurance company didn't cover it. Apparently it breaks down the scar tissue.
SK - I would like to do Moor Park but it depends on which autumn marathon I do as Bournemouth is the following weekend and I'm not sure its a great idea to race the week before a marathon. I'm doing Bushey Spire 10k in July which I haven't done before and I'm trying to persuade at least 2 of my kids to do the kids races.
Welcome Nick - you're not too far from me. SK and I often run some of part of the same routes and we've met at races. I'm thinking of doing a park run next Saturday as my kids don't have tennis lessons as its half term and if I can persuade my husband, I will be heading to Cassiobury. That's a fantastic time for a first marathon. I am very jealous you got a ballot place though!
Iain and Ian - how are the footballing runners recovering?
Lilly - have a wonderful time on Mull. Some fantastic scenery and great trail running there I expect.
I'm pleased Ryan got reinstated in the end, must have been awful for him and his family. Social media really helped as I saw so many forums trying to find photos and evidence to support his case.
Still running, I think I am officially starting marathon training again next week (assuming that I am going to do one the first week of October). I really need to do more speed work (not just tempo runs) so I'm trying to jig the plan a bit to make sure I do. This morning's planned 10 miles ended up being just over 9, mainly because I was feeling a bit fragile after some leaving drinks at work last night...gorgeous weather today though. Off to Salisbury for the weekend so I probably won't manage to get a run in until we get back on Monday.
Mamafox – 3am. Eek. Always difficult at that time of the night to convince them that there isn't a wolf/monster under the bed. Well done on the 30k - its promising that the foot hasn't got worse!
KK – hopefully the weather forecast will improve before Sunday! You need portable food to have while you are on the coach to the start line. Energy bars, flapjacks, bananas, a pot of bircher muesli? (The moma ones are good).
Cal – I hope to be at Brighton as well next year although I have promised my husband I would wait until the football fixture list came out before booking (in case it clashes with a "big match") It doesn't come out for another month and there are (allegedly) only 500 places left so I hope they don't all go before then. My top tip based on this year's experience is to either book the VIP tent, or have some accommodation very near to the start to avoid the horrific toilet queues. Or buy a she-wee .
SK – yes it was the Stockley Park 10k. I liked the course, lots of it was off road but it was well marshalled. Not too busy to get past people. There were a few more undulations than I was expecting and one particularly nasty hill between 7-8k but I would definitely do it again. Nowhere near as bad as the hill for the Moor Park 10k. Hope work calms down and you survive the GCSEs….
BigG – I'm glad you are having a good time. I really loved Venice and have been to the lido a couple of times. It's great for cycling around.
Steve – sorry to hear that your job might be at risk. Fingers crossed that you are not affected.
Mowzer – a marathon walk?? That really is a marathon given the time involved! Sounds like you had a good time!
Shades – I can't believe you are still wearing gloves! Is it really cold still at the time you run (which I know is early)? Also, I have a confession to make. After a couple of attempts of wearing it, I decided that the flipbelt that you kindly sent me was too small as it kept riding up. I've now got the next size up, which is perfect and I do love it. But I have your flipbelt going spare. I can either send it back to you, or donate it to someone on the Shades thread (size XS) or pass it onto my sister (who is a runner and thinner than me). Let me know what you would like me to do.
5 mile tempo yesterday, at least it was supposed to be a tempo but I struggled with the pace on the tempo miles. I think the 10k took more out of me than I realised. Catching up on pilates today as my block of sessions is about to expire. I do like it but at the same time, I would rather be running. I'm pretty sure it has sorted my back and neck problems out though.
BTW – if anyone is thinking of ordering a 1 in a million shirt for VLM, make sure you go up a size. I wish I had read the reviews before I ordered. Mine is a little snug and you can't change the size as it has your unique finisher number on it.
What a lovely day! I have a shiny new PB for the 10k (52:41). It was a really good course, although a little hillier than I had been anticipating. Nice mix of terrain but nothing too challenging to run on. Really well organised and a really nice medal at the end. (I should say I'm a little biased as it was run by my running club but still.) We didn't win the team prize as there were some very quick ladies there but I would definitely do it again. SK - not sure what your 10k PB is but you would probably get in the medals I think.
I think I can go quicker on a flatter course and I felt a bit sick from half way as I think we had a dodgy burger at youngest son's school fair yesterday. (DH has been feeling a bit iffy as well). Have another 10k in July but before that, there are some midweek 5k's being run in one of the country parks and I might try and do that. I have never actually raced a 5k. Scarily if I do an autumn marathon, training starts at the end of this month!
Shades - really glad you got your new pb, even if it ended up not being for the distance you were anticipating. And nice of them to give you the goody bag.
Cal - that conversation with yourself made me really laugh! I have to say, I rarely regret going for a run but clearly your body knows what it should be doing.
KK - well done on your parkrun PB too. So close to sub-20 now.
Well done Ian for number 1 (I still haven't done one!), SK for number 50 (and 1st lady) and Cal for the PB.
Mamafox - sorry you are still struggling with your foot. Hope the long run goes ok today.
Shades - good luck for Exeter today - looks like perfect marathon weather. A bit annoying that the course has changed although it must be a nightmare for the organisers!
Jugula - achilles problems are notoriously difficult to get rid of and they can take a long time which I know is frustrating. Hope the physio helps, sounds like you've found the right kind of physio if he runs - at least he understands!
KK - building work and visitors doesn't sound like fun!
Ian - Glad the calf is better - when is Liverpool?
Mowzer - Goodness, a double in that heat was mad, even by your standards!! It's different when you are used to training in it. Hope you have recovered ok.
Lily - well done on running in that heat. I only did 8 last Sunday and really struggled. I wouldn't have fancied doing a race.
BigG - hope you are enjoying Venice and the change of air is helping you recover.
SteveMac - you are really starting to rack up some serious mileage now. I'm not sure about my trail shoes either, although it could just be a reaction to running on different ground. Hope you find a solution.
Iain - I've been looking at that thread about the DQ'd marathon runner and it is really odd. It seems they have now found photos of him at all the relevant parts of the course and that its most likely a chip error. Hopefully, VLM organisers will clarify the position soon.
Just about to head out for a 10k race, run by my running club. Aiming for a PB, but have a niggly knee (again) so I'm not sure how it's going to go.