Shades – they are not sporty really, more that I am trying to make sure they get into the habit of exercise and improve their stamina. The older two (who are twins) were premature and are still pretty skinny and don't have a lot of stamina really in comparison to other kids their age. I think the youngest is probably going to be the best at sports, he has very good hand/eye coordination and when he can be bothered is pretty good at tennis for a just turned 4 yr old. Sports day tomorrow for one of them, so we will see how he does. I will be in there like a shot if they have a parents race.
SK – I would be really cross about them sending their son along to training knowing that you were likely to have to deal with the consequences.
Mowzer – I will check the diary re Ware. We have tonnes of kids parties coming up as well. I can't keep up with their social lives
BigG – tough running that late at night – do you end up going to bed really late as a result? I know if I run past 9ish I find it really hard to wind down.
Pegasus - I generally do my early morning runs on an empty stomach, although they are usually shorter runs. If I am doing long runs (10 miles+), I do tend to have something to eat more than an hour beforehand. I can't eat too soon before or I get a stitch. Hot cross buns are a favourite with me as well.
Occupational hazard of running at this time of year (especially in the woods) – hayfever. Still seem to have very sluggish legs at the moment but have managed to keep to the plan of 5 runs a week. Admittedly I'm only on week 3! Think I might need a gel for the 14 miler on Friday though.
Shades – only you could be disappointed by a 50 mile race being cancelled! Yeovil sounds lovely – especially the cake at the end. One of the reasons I run is to eat cake.
Easy tiger – Hello! I'm also struggling with the long run paces and running too fast. It's hard when people are overtaking you and you just look like a really slow runner, I think you almost have to change your mindset somehow.
KK – how did it go??
BigG – fantastic fundraising by the school – you must be really pleased. Glad there was a good write-up in the paper as well. That interval session sounds brutal, it’s the one thing I really need to join a running club for as I'm sure you're right and you push yourself much harder in a group.
Mamafox – SW France is distinctly more exotic than NW London…
SK – well done on the win!
Mowzer – I'm not far from SK, NW outskirts of London. So in theory there are lots of races I could get to. The problem is the kids activities. To give you an idea, my current Sunday mornings look like this:
9-9.45am – son no.1 has swimming lesson, son no.2 has swimming practice (with me)
10-11am – son no.2 has tennis lesson. Son no.3 has swimming lesson
10.30am-12.30pm – son no.1 has special needs youth club (during which time I manage to sneak in a run)
Basically, as pretty much all races are Sunday morning, one or more of my children will have to miss a lesson or youth club. Which is ok once in a while but not very often as my husband has to juggle an awful lot of things. And on top of that, the youth club will fold if they don't get people turning up and I really don't want to be responsible for that happening because I'm doing a race. You see the dilemma. So the only time I could do a race this summer is whilst the schools are off and there are no races then until the end of August when we are on holiday.
Hopefully in a few years it will be a bit easier as they become more self-sufficient and probably have fewer lessons.
So I did try and do a 10 mile time trial as part of the 12 miler on Friday. It didn't go too well, mainly due to a severe lack of sleep (pesky kids) and it was really warm. I really struggled with the pace and ended up with 1hr33 for 10 miles which is not even a sub-2hr half time. Mind you, there were more hills in the route than I had remembered. So Shades - I think the pacing you suggested is probably about right and I just need to slow it down on the long runs.
Wow Shades - lucky you! Yes I was thinking I need to do a race. The problem is the logistics. Sadly there don't seem to be any on over the summer holidays when the kids have no lessons. I could make my planned 12 miler into a time trial on Friday? What do you think?
Mowzer - that sounds like an interesting marathon - can't believe you weren't hurting at the end though! I've always thought of Norfolk as being very flat - I guess not then if there were lots of hills.
SK - I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed running to a schedule so I can totally see where you are coming from. I wouldn't call a 6 mile run being lazy though...
I've seen there is a forum thread on Bournemouth 2015 which you've posted on and the hill doesn't look as bad as the reviews were making out. I guess the timing of it is the worst bit.
Shades – Ah. I was hoping I would just slow down naturally. Any tips? I think the problem is that I have been running 10 miles for the past few weeks at much quicker speeds and even though I tried to run it slower last week, it wasn't not slow enough. I've done a really nice 7.5 miles "easy" run today and I felt like I was going at snail's pace, barely sweating but my average pace was 9.30/mile. Don't really understand what's going on. I will make sure I have some hills in my long runs so that will help slow it down a bit, but as soon as I get onto a flat stretch, my pace naturally picks up. I had looked at Chester, as I know that was supposed to be pretty flat but I think it's too far this year. Will check out New Forest thank you. That's pretty near my Mum. Glad your legs are feeling better.
SK – yes the party went well, if a little exhausting for all of us. We still have 20+ presents to open. Didn't manage it last night as I was "helping" out at Beavers. Which involved wading in water supervising a load of kids whilst they attempted to catch something living in their nets. All they managed to find was a lot of rubbish and an iphone. And of course my son was the only one that ended up falling in the water. Never a dull moment!
KingKenny – Good luck for Sunday. I haven't heard anything about Liverpool so have no idea if its flat or hilly!