Slightly delayed congratulations to Marigold (due to returning from a wedding in Italy yesterday) awesome performance and great to see you getting some well deserved TV time . Tried to watch the race via a VPN connection and the BBC iplayer, but the hotel wifi wasn't really up to the job...Just about managed 2mins of stable video to watch Shelley cross the line looking, quite rightly so, chuffed to bits!
No running whilst I was away, but wish I had now, my legs were very un-cooperative this morning! Planned 15 with a coro 10 went out the window and I toiled around 12.8M until my right ankle/calf had a hissy-fit about 1/2M from home. Now pretty sore just to the outside of the Achilles, so might be base of Soleus muscle and/or tendon, arse
CW - Excellent vertical training, 1750m of up on stairs must be horrendous mentally? Yup, I'm entered for a 50k trail race in Salisbury on 10th August (part of the 5-4-3-2-1 event, 10k up to 50k distance, 4 is a marathon, 3 is 30k and the 2 is a HM). Been wanting to see how I go in longer distances for a while as I think I'll have a bit of a predisposition to it based on my marathon times.... Should be a good run, the last two years were won in around 3:50, compared to my 3:39 this morning, although the race route has about double the vertical gain of my commute (2000ft vs 1000ft). Planning another long commute next Friday (probably more like 25M) followed with 20M on Saturday. Then a easy/taper week before the race.
PP - Top quality solid training going on recently, I'm impressed with the level of training going on given the hot weather. :Last year I really struggled to train consistently through July/August for Frankfurt (resulting in a below par Maidenhead half in early Sept).
JH1 - Good work nabbing the podium spot despite your off-offroad excursion!
Bagged a good long run this morning with 31M @ 7:05/M, it was going to be a minimum of 25 (shortest runnable distance between home and work), but was feeling good and so threw it a few route extensions to bring it up to approx 50k race distance. It was a bit slow to start but by about 10M I was starting to motor along nicely, it was a stunning run across the New Forest (Sway-Brockenhurst-Lyndhurst-Ashurst, for those who know the area). Had gels at 15,20 & 24M, as I had started to feel a bit weak by 20M on the previous (and first) attempt at the route.
My legs are surprising ok a few hours later, so hopefully getting some good endurance adaptations going on . That makes 70M in the last 4 days (inc 2 long runs), which ain't bad... Now for 4 days of wine-assisted run recovery in Tuscany