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...
Morning BigG! I have heard about the controversy over MarathonMan. The last I heard was they were suggesting that instead of running it, he was driving his RV at marathon pace to make it look as though he was running. I hope he hasn't cheated. 9pm is a late run!
Shades - I will have another look at IOW. I doubt very much I will get a place in London, its even harder this year as they changed the entry format and your chances of getting in through the ballot are much lower than before. You can see why I'm chasing a GFA time...!
10 x 400m intervals this morning, managed to miss the rain amazingly. Quite pleased that my splits are quicker than the last time I did it (2 weeks ago): 1.46, 1.48, 1.46, 1.46, 1.47, 1.42, 1.43, 1.42, 1.44, 1.39
Off to see Coldplay at Wembley tonight, very excited! Oh and there is the small matter of the England game before that.
Shades – I'm sure the humidity had a lot to do with your time for Yeovil – it really saps your energy. The weather is a bit weird and wonderful at the moment. Thanks for the info on the hill repeats – I do run some hills as part of my normal runs but this was specifically for a hill repeats session. Anyway, I've managed to do one and hopefully it will help my stamina on hills.
SK – I hope you are feeling less tired. Don't underestimate the stress that you are likely to be under with your son doing his exams. 1st lady is v. good – I would take that over the 6 seconds I think!
BigG – so pleased to hear you are better and running again! I would like to do Go Ape, there is one quite near us. I'm not afraid of heights. At least I don't think I am…
KK – sounds like you are being eminently sensible to avoid the groin problem getting worse. I remember Cal's took ages to go away.
Cal – very strong last miles there!
Ian – well done on the pb. Did you pick an Autumn marathon yet? Don't discount Abingdon – I got my place last year by watching the runnersworld board as there are always places available to transfer if someone is injured. I've seen one place advertised this week although its gone already. The organisers were very efficient about organising the transfer. It’s a shame more marathons don't allow transfers IMO.
Mowzer – that sounds like a lovely scenic marathon. Damn stinging nettles though. Everything has just grown mad over the past few weeks, I've had to push my way past very overgrown hedges and have been stung too.
Mamafox –you've been a bit busy then! Sorry to hear you've been suffering from the DOMS as well. I'm sure the Haka wouldn't have helped, although great squatting exercises. Hope the ankle improves soon. I know your race reports are worth waiting for...
I'm very hacked off this morning. I promised I would wait for the football fixture list to come out before I booked my next marathons as my husband is a season ticket holder and didn't want to miss a home game. The fixture list came out this morning. Annoyingly, they are playing at home the weekend of 1st October (which is when I was going to book either Bournemouth or Chester). The weekend of the Brighton marathon, they are away so I went on to the website to book, only to find it has now sold out! I was very very grumpy with DH when he phoned me to check the dates. Yorkshire marathon is the 9th October but is full. I signed up to their waitlist a few weeks ago but I have no idea whether there is any realistic chance of getting a place. They don't allow transfers.
In other news, my amended training plan which mixes up the Shades level 2 plan with some more speedwork, seems to be working out. I have done some 800m repeats (I guess a bit like Yassos) on the track and was pleased with my splits which were pretty consistent. 400m intervals tomorrow. I've discovered there is a running track on my run-commute route (on the edge of Regents park) which I think I can use as part of my run to do some intervals. It's not quite 400m in length but its close enough. On googling about this track, I discovered that the track near home that I normally train on (and SK does too) has some interesting history. David Hemery trained on it before the 1968 Olympics.