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.
Mamafox – very well done on getting through Carcassonne with such a good time considering the heat and your injury-disrupted training. I am in awe of you being drug-tested, although I can imagine it wasn't a very pleasant experience!
Shades – what a shame – you were so close to the cut-off as well. I am with you on the pink shirt! Not my favourite colour. I have had to google DOMS as it was a new term to me, and now I know what they are, I hope they've all but gone! I'm sure the weather at Yeovil will not be so hot as its been here.
BigG – your volunteering stint sounded a bit nerve-wracking! That is one pretty impressive cake! Mind you, it's certainly a milestone worth celebrating. Are you fighting fit again now?
KK – Good last minute change of plan. I love trail running but I'm not sure my knees do (or perhaps it's my trail shoes causing the problem). Having said that, I will be trying again on Friday. Bad luck on the speeding ticket, just what you didn't need.
SK – lovely to see you again! You and half my facebook feed were at the Springsteen concert at the weekend. I'm not sure I would have fancied standing up for that long. I saw you signed up for Ickenham – there is an outside chance I might do it, but it is likely to be a very last minute decision as we are out for a Uni reunion (25yrs!) the night before where I can guarantee that the drinks will be flowing….
Steve – glad the blister didn't affect the 10miler too much. Compeed is amazing stuff. You are getting some speedy miles in at the moment.
Lily – amazing scenery! So glad you had a nice time.
Cal – sitting for any length of time is not good, but I'm sure after a marathon its fatal. Well done on your Parkrun 1st VW45. I'd take that as a win! Good luck for the 10k this weekend.
Ian - hope the sore throat didn't come to anything. 2 days in a row running is certainly pushing the boat out for you!
Mowzer - can't you find the same trail shoes on the internet somewhere?
Hello Nessie! Your plan sounds very sensible.
So as SK said, I finally did make a parkrun at the weekend. I realised that I have never actually run a timed 5k before (I got told off for calling Parkrun a race!) Managed to leave my garmin at home so had no way of working out what pace I was going at. Quite pleased at getting just under 25 mins (24.54). SK has neglected to mention that she was again 1st lady. I am quite keen on doing more but logistics make it difficult at the moment. My husband is also keen to start doing them when we are able to and get the kids involved but that is a way off I think. Aside from that, I'm finding training in the heat quite challenging as I am just not used to it. Run commute to work this morning and I managed to fit some intervals in as part of the route but it was slower than perhaps I should have been. Mind you, I did have a rucksack on my back…
I am going to brave some hill training this weekend. But how fast should I run the hills? Sprint, 5k pace, 10k pace? Some guidance please Shadies.