Hello again all, I too have been 'off forum' most of the summer
Running going OK but for some reason I seem to have lost all the speed I had a year or so ago, seem to be plodding Was supposed to be doing The Yorkshire Marathon on 9th Oct but will be away now so that's out of the window. I've been trying to keep up on longer runs so that next Spring isn't a shock to the system, did 20 miles a couple of weeks ago and it was dreadful, i think it was a combination of heat, not enough to eat beforehand, too much gym work in the previous days etc, whatever it was I was bloody crap! Busy doing hills and spadework with my club to try and get some speed back. Also been doing quite a bit of running on the South Downs to get some hell work in (there's some giant hills there!!)
Head back to Texas next week so it will be tough for a few weeks until the weather starts cooling down, dithering about doing Houston marathon again, might give it a whirl, hopefully will be able to still get in nearer the time (Jan).
Hope everyone is enjoying this late blast of summer we're getting! alternating between sunshine and rain here!
I occasionally run at a park run up in Yorkshire which is partly run across a small stately home's grounds. They charge for visitors after 10 am I believe. What they have done is open the cafe though early from around 9:30 for runners where they do a subsidised coffee for £1 from a vacuum pot or you can buy a fresh made latte etc at regular price plus cake or whatever. I think they are happy that the little bit of money they get from the earlier opening of the coffee covers any admission costs. Win win at the moment.