Cal - there's a 20 mile race on 13 March which I'm doing (and I think SK is doing as well). I'm not sure where you live but I'm guessing from that fact that you are doing the Hampton Court half that you are in the SE somewhere? It's the longest running 20 mile race in the country. As far as I know it's not full - it does also have a 4hr cut off but I seem to remember that some runners were slower than that and they still recorded times.
Morning. Glorious here today but I'm glad its a rest day today. Did a 10 mile MWLR yesterday and found it hard and I have 20 miles to look forward to tomorrow. Mind you, I won't complain after seeing SK's schedule.
Got yet another ballot rejection for the GNR yesterday. I am seriously cursed!
SHADES wrote (see) I don't want a podiatrist to tell me to stop running either.
That's why I still haven't been to see the physio about my knee. LOL. Its good that your foot is better than it was though, whatever the cause.
Ian5 - hope you are on the mend soon.
Mamafox - that's really good news that there was no stress fracture and you can run again. Don't go too mad though...
Hope those of you in the SW are surviving the weather. It seems oddly calm here at the moment, but we had a massive storm late last night and into the early hours which everyone is talking about in the office today.
BigG – a prize – how exciting! I saw pics of Exmouth on the news this morning and it said the beach had got considerably bigger as a result of the wind blowing the sand over the road.
Shades – thank you for the new paces (especially the predicted marathon time!) I think I'm pretty much doing that at the moment as I was at the top end of the previous paces, although my tempo runs could do with being a bit quicker. I did a 5 mile tempo run on the treadmill today at 1% incline and it felt really hard but the pace for the tempo miles was a bit slow. I suspect either my pacing on the treadmill is out or the incline made it harder than usual.
I know there are quite a few autumn marathons but I quite fancied defending my 3rd place in the Middlesex County Marathon championship (said tongue in cheek since there were only 5 of us in it!) I'm waiting to see if I get a place in the GNR before thinking about what I might do in the autumn. I got another "no" on Friday from the Royal Parks Half ballot. One of these days I will actually get a place in a ballot.
Mamafox/Cal - I am rubbish at pull ups and push ups, I think I have an inherent weakness in my shoulders but have never really done anything about it. Should add it to the long list of areas I need to work on. But first comes hips and glutes…
SK – beaten by a speedy child? How dare they! I know the sewage works you ran past, I can imagine they are a bit whiffy at the moment. I was v pleased with my splits, although you can see every 3 miles when I hit the headwind I lost 15-20 seconds on that mile. Have you got a slightly easier running week this week? Last week was brutal!
SystemJ – I definitely get a boost from gels, but I use them sparingly and only when my training runs get past 15 miles or so. I did have one during the half at the weekend and I really noticed the difference around 10-15 minutes after I had it. How much of that is a placebo effect, I don't know but it works for me.
Quick update from me. The race went well despite an incredibly strong headwind for the first mile of each lap which felt like running into a brick wall. There were points at which I felt like I was going to get blown off my feet but I'm sure that it helped with the pace coming back up the lake. Unbelievably I got a massive PB of nearly 7 minutes. Chip time says 1:53:10
Annoyingly my garmin has it down at 13 miles so it isn't registering a new half pb, but I'm glossing over that.
There were an unexpected few faces from my running club there, including one who was cheering me round every lap so that was very nice. They waited for me to finish which given the conditions was very good of them. SK - they had been at a park run this morning, I think one of them is a RD there and when I mentioned I knew someone who did that one, they said you had won it that day. (I also saw on your Strava feed - well done)
Shades - I need some new paces please! I reckon I can pace for a sub 4-hr marathon - what do you think?
BigG - very well done! That cream tea looks amazing.
Mamafox - you poor thing. How many weeks since you have been running? I can't remember how long the physio said you needed to rest.
Cal - sounds like you are really over the groin problem now. Glad the running assessment was useful. I really fancy doing one but its time (and money)
Iain - well done on running the 10k despite the cold and the time.
They've just announced the date for Abingdon this year, but I'm on holiday as its half term. I'm a bit gutted really.