With 17 miles done I had a 4.5 mile stretch left slightly downhill but into the wind along the pavement to try at GFA pace. Seemed to come out about 7mm or just under so I am pretty pleased with that. 21.4 miles done @ 7:47.
Reckon that is fairly safe for a 41 year old (3:15 GFA, 7:27 pace) but you are 40 so need 3:05 (7:04 pace) which is still well within the possible framework but not 100% given. I just looked at MK and if you enter today or tomorrow you get your name on your number as per SG at the Reading Half
Too many good long runs to mention, but it must be getting close to the main season. Is there a list somewhere?
New pair of shoes today, Nike Air Pegasus 31s. I think these are my first pair of 31s but are probably my 20th pair of Pegasus in total. I forgot to say that I ran the marathon in my Pegasus which are my training shoes. They have come down in weight over the years so are no longer bricks and are only about 50 g heavier than my lightweight racing shoes (Saucony Kinvara).
I'll definitely do the same again next time round as I had no problems with my feet during or after the race. In te past I have worried about weight and gone for light but I do all my runs in my training shoes so it seems odd not to race in them.
Tried the new Maidenhead parkrun today. Just over 19 good enough for 4th and only a few seconds of the winner (sorry 1st placed runner!).
I noticed your result when I quickly scanned them yesterday. 303 runners for the inaugural and 174 yesterday. Wycombe, by contrast, was 132 for the first and 82 for the second and was close to a year before it exceed 132 again: now ticking along at about 260 for 3 of the last 4 weeks. Shouldn't be surprised that you can start a new parkrun close to an existing one and new numbers shoot up.
Maidenhead parkrun is under 10 miles from my house so wondered about public transport there and run back for a nice outing: good route back. buses are awful: best part of an hour, and costs £6 as far as I can tell.