Minks - i did 10 miles on the Grand union canal on Sunday and it was nice but it did get a little tedious after a while and that was only 10 miles. It was a nice sunny day as well which helped. Parts of it were quite muddy, other parts were really good surfaces. I think an ultra on there would be good as pacing would be quite straightforward as its flat, but it might be a bit dull or mentally quite tough. Also not sure what time of day it is, but it could be very busy if its a nice day. Just some things to think about. Your London training made me feel a little panicky. I haven't done anywhere near the runs you have and Brighton is 2 weeks before. I've done 1 x 20 1 x17 1x16. I have 1x20 left and 1x15 which i might do as an 18. I know we all have to do our own thing and not get worried what others are doing...
Caro - all your mindfulness postings have really made me think about stuff. It's really interesting reading it all so please keep posting.
Nessie - hope you are feeling better.
Lotte - i love the stories of your family. It always sounds like so much fun.
I've entered Abingdon too but am trying to work out if Chester or Abingdon would be better for me. I really want a crack at sub 4 for lots of reasons but mainly to get in the sub 4 pen for Comrades next year. You have to run a marathon or ultra to qualify. I cant remember when the qualification period starts but i think its sept. I need flat and fast and also great weather, a great training period and a perfect day to do sub 4. Not much to ask is it?!
I am doing a half marathon this weekend (Milton Keynes). I wont be racing though as its only 5 weeks out from my marathon and my legs feel trashed. I was planning on running it as my hopeful (hopeful being the word here) marathon pace of 9mm.
Ironman ladies - i hope your training is ok. I wondered if you had thought about race day food yet? I keep meaning to mention that i took savoury food on the bike as over 12 hours of sickly sweet drinks and food was too much for me. I took a sandwich on the bike wrapped in foil (you may laugh but the savouryness of it was lovely), i also took some peanuts and snickers flapjacks. Basically i packed a picnic Its horse for courses though. Some people can survive on gels alone *vomits at the thought* and some are like me and take their picnic
Just spent a while reading back over and had loads of replies and now cant remember most of them.
Camlo - hoping your mum is doing ok. Sounds like a stressful situation.
Caro - hope you arent too tired after going back to work.
Hoggle - i can imagine its hard being on your own during the evenings. Re the swimming, could you do some water running? I remember it was quite big in Oz and NZ when i was over there. It's like watching paint dry but you could do say 10 mins and then do some swimming too?
I recall someone mentioned eating Agave Nectar. I read recently that its actually worse than regular sugar. I am afraid i cant remember where i read it or the details (if i can find, i will post) but might be worth checking. Thinking about it, it might have been on Authority Nutrition on FB. Its a paleo type based nutrition site but it is brilliant. It's all evidence based stuff and really worth subscribing too if you are interested in nutrition. Personally, I have learnt loads and am a massive fan.
I have a slight niggle at the top of one of my calves so am thinking i might bin the run at lunch and go out on my bike for an hour. I have a 20 miler planned this weekend so the niggle needs to go.
Sh*t Camlo - not good at all. I hope she is ok. Must have been awful.
CC - sorry to hear about all the stuff going on. It must be really hard
Ttid - sorry you are having loads of stress
TT - didnt realise celiac (or however you spell it) was so serious. As CC said, it shows how far we have come. I also didnt realise that just a bit of gluten would be so bad.
Lotte - I will be remembering your words when i do my speed session on wed.
Vixo and CC - my approach to food sounds pretty similar. I want to scream at people who just feed their kids 'kids food' as its mostly full of sugar and cr*p. My eldest is only 4 but if she wants treats, she has to eat her veg.
Brookie - i dont think i can justify a Belfast trip. Shame. I need to have a think about my comrades qualifier for later in the year. I think I will enter Abingdon as i can always sell my place on if i change my mind. I think entries open at the start of March so v soon.
Lotte I thought of you today and tried to tell myself that hills were my friend but they really weren't. I did an organized 17 mile training run and it hurt. I hope it was the hills. I had to do 9 miles at 10mm pace then 8 miles at 9mm pace but pacing was hard going up and down hill (to some of you it probably wasn't hilly though!) But I averaged 9m 40 pace so overall OK I think. Felt hard though and wondering if I should adjust my training times. I am doing a sub 4 plan but my recent 1h 53 half makes me realize that's its v ambitious.
Anyway knackered need to sleep. Sr managers over from the US tomorrow. Great.