Well done on the Sweatshirt mamafox, that's a win in my book. Great write up as well. How far was 6th behind you ?
snapdragon - Reckon you'll beat the 5 hour mark, just nice and easy at the start is key..marathon not a sprint! , hard not to get sucked into a faster pace at the start when you're full of beans
sk - There's a big thread on chi and pose running on Fetch. Reckon a course would be the way to go though to get the basic bits right. Good luck.
Took a different tact yesterday & took my kit to work with me which meant I could park up on the way home & therefore not get distracted by going home first. Also meant I got just over an hour to play off road. Did 15 in the end, had a big dilemma at around 11 miles, I was struggling a bit and had a choice of taking a right turn back towards the car or straight on for another 3 or 4 and although very tempted to take that right turn I went straight on.
Thinking of running London at a slower pace and maybe have a go at sub 4 in Liverpool instead (6 weeks after London), just don't feel ready for it. Although Liverpool is a tougher course but not too bad. Will see how I feel in a few weeks.
Well done on getting the new job Big_g & a good read for the report. Sub 1:40 again as well, things going well.
snapdragon - Sub 2's will be easier now you've broken that barrier.
Good run at Silverstone as well Khani, must do that event.
Grizzly sounds great, right up my street. There's one in the Snowdon area, that goes up to the summit has a high platform jump into a lake a bit of a swim etc, I'll see if I can find it.
The arms thing, I'm told (by the wife) that I run with my arms quite high so am always paranoid about that now so try and remember to use them, it does make a difference but doesn't come naturally.
I've lost the plot with running over the last 2 weeks, life getting in the way basically. Was going really well & consistently out for 4 runs a week. But only managed 2 runs last week (12 & 6). Really frustrated but still smiling, feel it's the most important part of the training for London but just can't get out the door. I need to have a really good 3 weeks now.
Big_G - Stigs got some skills! ,reckon he spent at least 3/4 of the lap not going forwards, must have been great fun though. That 6 wheeled Merc was something else.
snapdragon - Well done on the 16, it's great when you feel like you can just tag an extra couple of miles on because you can/want to.
Shades - I enjoy finding new stuff that's close by that I didn't know existed. There's a windmill about 2 miles from my house that I stumbled upon. Been lost on a few housing estates before as well though, all good fun and gets the miles in.
Finally did a parkrun on Saturday, didn't really plan it but at 8am decided to go. Went to the wrong car park (it's where it used to start!), had time to do a 1 mile easy run before & then headed over to the start. It was Delamere Forest so was expecting a few undulations & mud and wasn't let down ,I started to far back and the first part is narrow & muddy so was tricky getting past people but soon opened up. Great course but 5k felt like a long way in a 'race' , came in at 23:50 (23:43 on the garmin) which isn't to shabby and a PB (only 5k i've done though) so will have to work on going quicker. Sub 23 shouldn't be to hard (he says), sub 22 though will be tough.
Developed a foot problem sometime last week, about an inch back from the toes across the top just feels like a bruise, no obvious swelling or bruising though so not sure what it is or what caused it. Bit of a sore throat as well so skipped my long run yesterday & hope to do it either tonight or tomorrow night.
Great challenge Shades, sounds tiring with all the travelling as well.
Thanks for the link Big_G , have read through most of it & just knew there'd be a spreadsheet involved somewhere .Sounded like quite a frustrating but in the end very fulfilling experience of building it. I've rebuilt plenty of engines and it's a great feeling starting it up for the first time and it firing. Nice motor.
Khanivore - I'd be tempted to do a longer run beforehand if you want to extend it, could do it as a progressive run. Not sure that you'll want to do more after the race once you've gone through all the finish bits & bobs. Not sure how easy that will be at Silverstone anyway. Wonder how many will be making car noises round the corners and trying to hit the apexes
Getting a bit lighter in the mornings, managed 7 this morning and did a bit offroad through the local woods which I couldn't do a few weeks back.
Big_G - Try again, I didn't have it enabled. Cheers. Good news on the Achilles. Gobi does talk a lot of sense, obviously has a lot of experience, I was reading that thread yesterday.
Iain - Edinburgh a good course to go for it on, just need the weather on your side, how many times have you run it ? Good luck with the training.
Keith - Grizzly sounds good, I did the Hell Up north and really enjoyed it, no pressure on time, in & out of bogs, lakes, hills...just good fun. not sure what the course is like but try not to be to far back at the start otherwise you get stuck in queues and get cold.
mamafox - Reckon you can get that GFA in Barca, those sand dunes will have toughened you up
Shades - Good news on the knee. No I haven't done London before, watched it last year for the first time and can't wait to run it. We were at Tower Bridge for a bit then moved down to 21/22 mile point & the amount of runners (probably 4 - 5 hour finishers) coming through was Unbelievable, couldn't cross the road for over an hour.
10 degrees when I left the house this morning, crazy weather at the moment.