Iansi - well done fella, a good winter of training and a PB is yours !
RRR/AM - from what I remember from last year, a couple of weeks before the race itself, the organizers said that there were about 8,000 runners but on the actually day I seem to recall there were only about 5,000 ? How many are they trying to attract for next year ?
JackHarris - sounds like a tough session where you will reap some rewards come race day.
DD - good luck with the PB.
Swittle - how long do you want your streak to last or are you just going to try and keep going for as long as possible ?
Birky - indeed it does make sense, or should make sense......
SB - aye, we are certainly having a good season so far but we all know it's early days and should keep our feet on the ground. It doesn't seem like things are that much better for your boys still.
8 miles for me last night. The 'easy' pace of 9:30 felt more like a tempo run again. The change to a high fat low carb diet leaves me feeling generally weak at the moment. Hopefully, when my body has adapted in about another 4 weeks, the running should be a lot easier again. In 10 days I've only had beers on one night which is a massive reduction for me; the 3 wheeled wagon is not doing to bad at the moment SB
8 miles for me last night @ 9:30 per mile. Still far too much effort needed to run at that pace for my liking. I was blowing somewhat when going up gentle inclines which previously have not caused me any trouble. So. I've decided not to bother with Ladybower at the weekend; I'm sure I could get round but at what cost. I think the change of diet might also be contributing to the general feeling of weakness. Apparently, in can take 6-8 weeks for your body to adjust to the high fat low carb approach. That said, after just 10 days on the new diet plan, the clothes are starting to feel baggier already so it seems to be working. The next few weeks will be some easy running but won't be doing any particularly long stuff until the legs are back to normal
Canter - I've got some of the Asics Cumulus 14s and 15s and find them very comfy indeed. I always buy 'last seasons' model as you can get them for just about half the price of the latest model. No reason to change them if they work well.
Canter - weight loss is the main goal. I've always been a greedy sod so struggled with my weight. I thought running would help with the weight loss and it did at the beginning as I lost about 3st. Then, as the miles started increasing, I found myself thinking it would be ok to eat more and I've put some of that weight back on. It dawned on me in the Long Tour of Bradwell that if I wanted to make it easier for myself I needed to lose weight. Cracking 3:30 at Manchester is a major incentive for me.
Ali - Strava. You can track your runs using either a Garmin watch or an app on your smart phone. You get to see your time, elevation, mile splits, route so can be a good aid to your training. You can also follow your friends and join clubs. There are also segments which are basically short sections of runs where there is a leader board that you can measure yourself against. All good fun and really helpful if you like studying your running stats.
Nell - I didn't realize there were plans that didn't have much of a taper; wont you be starting the race too tired ?
I'm going out tonight for an easy 10 miler or so which should give me an indication of whether I will run at Ladybower on Sunday or not. The running is still a bit tough but certainly getting easier. I think it might be also time to treat myself to some new trotters