Quick check in post Abo, full race report to follow in due course, but really happy with a (slim) 6sec PB in 2:32:51 for 2nd overall. Windy, but got a good group of 5 working together up to 16 miles taking turns to go on the front. Legs felt generally good throughout, but CV fitness and pace were slightly lacking in the final 10k I think...
Great to meet up with DrD, Jimbob, LS21, Tick tock and Dan at various stages before and after the race
I'll be sporting 786 on my vest come Sunday morning. FWIW depletion got my weigh down from 146 to 140lb from Sunday night to Thursday morning, back to a shade under 142 now, be a lb or two more by race morning
Marigold - Noted, going by the effort required for this morning's 6miler I'm pretty much there depletion wise... big bowl of porridge for brekkie tomorrow should make the 5 miles at lunchtime a little more zippy I hope
TickTock - Sorry to miss you off the Abo good luck list, have a good one if I don't bump into you at some point in proceedings
TR - Forgotten you had ankle woes too, they're like buses round here a the moment.... Hope you can still make Gosport.
Hi All, Just a quick check in due to high workload and a busy home life (thank goodness for the taper!). Last weekend had some awesome performances from the likes of RJ and Marders in Yorkshire, Marigold at the GER and Mrs PP's brilliant HM time! CW, your GER time is really decent considering the slightly choppy build up you had IMO. Great fell racing from RS, hope the shoulder recovers quickly and similar healing vibes to Dan & TT's ankles. SL, really pleased to hear your tickers recieved the all-clear. Jools, Selbs (and TT), looking great for Frankfurt, will be tracking you on the day (and reliving the race from last year...)
DanA,Dr Dave, Ryan, TJB, I'll be running Abo in a White/Green New Forest vest and orange/black Adidas Boosts. I'll keep an eye out for you, but if I don't see you good luck and DBS.
Taper gone well here, sorting of looking to help verify the current n=1 study by Marigold on the "short n fast 1 week" approach! Last longish run was 14M progressive from 7:27 down to 5:53 on Sunday. I'm now doing a copy of the CWG taper week which so far has gone thus;
Monday - 3M @6:02/M (could have rested but wanted a leg shake-out after 3.5hr drive to Lincolnshire)
Tuesday - 6M @6:06/M
Wednesday - 8M @6:22/M (inc 2x1M tempo, which turned out to not be very 'tempo' at 5:57 & 5:59!)
Thursday - 6M @ 6:02/M
I've been carb depleting since Sunday or so (more tricky due to visiting family plus working away for home). It's made some of the taper runs a bit tough (especially on Weds). My weigh is down to a smidge over 10st, probably going to stick at it until tomorrow morning, check my weight, then decide whether to have modest carbs on Friday or go for my usual one day load on Saturday.
Only two runs left, 5M Friday and 3M Saturday AM, plus a sports massage Friday evening. Feeling very up for a good run on Sunday now
DrD - Maybe you need a CW style couple of rest days to refresh your legs, this week would be a good time to do it, then hopefully get some life back in them for a final taper week of short runs with a bit of sharper stuff in there? Not too fussed about the whole B'mouth prize thing, it was how circumstances transpired on the day, there were several potentially very quick people on the start list who DNS'd which opened the possibility up. It was a bit strange stood on the start line with a half dozen international elites (low tier Kenyans/Ethiopians only though) and just me and Ant! Did mean i got to use the private 'elite' start line portaloo though...
Dan - Looking at the Abo start list I don't think there's that much depth at the front end this year, so I think it's primarily going to be a race, but will have to see how it pans out in the first few miles. Running it with a training partner, we were having a chat about possible tactics last night as it happens . If the race doesn't transpire then I'll be shooting for close to or maybe a bit quicker than my PB. Ultimately going to give it full beans and see what happens. I wasn't really intending to do a fast autumn race this year, but it's come together by coincidence and then I'll be having a proper rest before VLM training starts, so might as well go for it
PP - I don't really know where I am fitness wise either! but the decent run at Bristol HM and the double 6+6MP(@5:45) from a couple of weeks back gives me confidence that I'm possibly near to PB shape.