Shocking weather down south and looks like will be much the same tomorrow.
Ali - great PB considering the busy life you ahem at the moment. There is no doubt that this club running thing has a lot to do with this. And Nell is right. You have become very competitive with it.
Nell - What a great run from you. And how spooky that it was the exact same time as Alloa. Clearly the 'rest' over the last few months has done you a world of good.
Carter - great to hear that everything is under control and that Mrs C is keeping you on your toes. Only Mrs D travelling with me as the kids are at school. Never gone away and left them alone since they arrived so going to be an interesting experience for all.
PS - I am flying Friday and land around 1pm. So am planning to go to the Expo Friday and get it out of the way. Am staying in the Courtyard Marriott on the Magnificent Mile. Got a great deal when I booked it months ago.
Will - good running from you and reckon you are as ready as can be for your GWR.
Sean - great that the ankle seems to have held up. Would not be concerned about being sluggish. In no time you will be flying around like a gazelle as normal.
Robert - great 13 mile run from you. Sounds like you are where you want to be and just need to nurse yourself to the start line. Am expecting a great new PB on the day. Everyone I know who has run Abingdon has only good things to say about it and last year loads of people got new PB's.
Those of you who were on here a year ago will remember that I went through some hell at work.
As well as keeping the training going over the last two months, I have also been sorting myself out a new job and today I had the pleasure of telling my boss that I am off.
Starting the new job mid November. I work in the construction industry on big projects and having been fortunate to work near home for many years, I am taking a job that will mean I am way during the week. It is a really good job and am looking forward to it but like all things in life it will bring with it a whole new set of challenges.
So far everyone at home is on board with this but obviously closer to the time it will become real.
Hope those racing today got what they were looking for and are broadly content.
And that those trying to get in some training have managed something.
I was later going out today than planned and was a little tired having got how from the rugby quite late last night.
So quickly decided that it would only be 4 miles as no point in pushing it and was really not up for it.
One week to go.
Have just been looking back at my Richmond Park splits from earlier this year. I ran the first 16 miles at an average of 7:50 min/mile - but not constant pace at all - and finished with an 8:09 min/mile average overall. This means that in the last 10 miles I was giving back about 50 secs per mile.
I think I have settled on a plan for the race and will let you know closer to race day what it is.
All about ticking over now, getting plenty of rest and getting ready for the trip to the other side of the pond on Friday.
Best of luck to both Ali and Nell at the GSR today.
Nell - great to have you back on here. Guessed you were mad busy but good despite that that you have managed to keep ticking over. A bit of decent training over the winter and your speed will come back.
washwood - well done to you for getting a spot in VLM. And your plan to stick with Manchester as your A race is probably a smart move. Getting a spot 2 years ion a row in amazing considering the amount of competition there was this year.
Sean - how this the ankle now that you have rested it a little ?
PS - what is the weather meant to be like for next weekend ? Good running from you at the moment and looks like you have settled on your plan for race day. Exciting now that it is only a week away.
Carter - how is Mrs C doing ? Have you got everything under control ? Have you been able to get any running in ?
Robert - what a fantastic PB at your park run. Looks like you are in top form and that your training has peaked just at the right time.
Something gone horribly wrong at your club this season.
Ali - great pacing job for your friend.
I am out later for a 4 - 6 mile trot around Hampstead Heath. Nothing too quick. Have got all my runs in this week so pleased with where things are at.
Just read back over my race report from richmond park back in May. I must have been mad to run that. Canter (remember him !!) reckoned that my time there would have equated to about 3:20 on a road race and I think that is about right.
I ran so many more miles training for that race but it was going to be a tough trail race and it was and it needed the training. A big difference between the two training periods is that my back injury destroyed those critical 3 big weeks of training before the taper this time round and I did not get the couple of weeks on the trot of long lsr's. Will that matter come race day. Not sure. I ran more 18 milers last time than this time. And yes Carter, the Hansons plan does not really advocate 20 mile runs. last time out it did not matter as I had put in solid week after week of training.
Time will tell and as I say this is taper too much time on my hands talking.