Interesting about the neutral shoes and getting tired, hadn't thought about that. I'll probably use the neutrals for a marathon at some point, not for Barcelona though.
mowzer - Great report, I must start noting down the events as they all sound great.
sk - Surely must take the champs place at London ?
Not much to report here, still undecided on the 10k race this weekend. Little bit of my cold still lingering but nearly gone. I may just go and have a go at parkrun instead, shorter effort (easier on my lungs), cheaper (easier on my wallet). No footy for me tonight which feels a bit odd (tweaked something last week in the back of my thigh) so will head out for a run instead. 17 more miles to make the 100 this month.
shades - I've not gone further than 26.2 or done any doubles so can't really comment from experience!, just think I'd prefer a double over a 50 miler. Not sure any would be enjoyable though.
sk - I've done my last 3 runs in the rides and liking them so far. I've only ever been for a gait analysis once (curiosity!) and she said I'm neutral on one side and slightly over pronate on the other (wonky in other words) and said to either use neutral or mild stability. So it's my first venture into neutrals. I want to try the Kinvaras as well (4mm drop) so will see if i can find them cheap and use them for shorter stuff.
Did you taper for the half at all ? to go sub 90 mid marathon training must be a big confidence boost. 3:15 then ?
Great to hear you're back running Iain, GENTLY does it! ,stay away from the fast group and ease your way back in.
Only just remembered I entered 'Tour of Merseyside' , 6 races in 7 days = 52 miles. Will be a tough week. Starts with a road Half ,10k xc, 10m flat, rest,5m flat ,10k xc & 12m mixed. A good mix of races & will be difficult to judge how fast to go.
Nice PB sk ! ,very quick time. What does a champs place at London get you then ? The pacers are good, but always crowded around them and a little bit soul destroying when you see them dissapearing into the distance
Liking the dog Big_G , I'd love one but I have the wrong job. Grew up with dogs and always enjoyed them. Maybe in a few years time. Hope to see you running again soon.
In my neck of the woods then Annie, I'm over on the Wirral. imo you should go for the sub 2, you've done plenty of long stuff so the endurance should be there.
Good luck with the 50 shades (there's a book title in there somewhere!), doubt it's something i'd ever want to do. But do want to do a double marathon (over two days).
I'm full of cold, all bunged up and hopefully it won't go down to my chest. I'm just doing easy runs at the moment, edging towards the monthly target. Bought some new shoes, using Saucony Guide's and now trying the Rides, 2 runs in and liking them. They feel a little lighter (new shoes are always lighter!), but otherwise very similar.
May do a 10k race this Sunday, but will see if my cold clears up first. Not sure how late I can leave the entry, but it's only 5 miles away from me so shouldn't be a problem.
If I'm doing a long post then I'll type it in notepad/word etc and just copy/paste it in here. I've lost a few posts too, really annoying.
It's difficult to get into your head that going much slower for the LSR is a good thing, very hard to keep it slow for the first few miles also. Think it's ok to do the occasional LSR at a faster pace, especially when nearing a target race as it gives the confidence that you can just maybe do it. Those runners you mention Big_g must be exhausted after a training run, and will only lead to injury and a fatigued race day.
shades - It's not the dark mornings that's the problem, it's anything before 7am. I had an earlyish night last night and was awake at jsut gone 6, so I know what I need to do , good idea to cling film the battery bit. I'll have a nosey in Home Bargains next time, could be useful to have a couple at that price.
Liking the resevoir pics, really is good getting out on the trails.
7 easy ones for me last night. Right calf a little tight, so had a little stretch a couple of miles in. The stretch that I certainly felt was the soleus stretch (pushing against something with knee bent), felt much better for the rest of the run. Made sure I stretched afterwards also, feels better today.
Go do a gentle 3 miler Big_G, you'll feel better for getting out.
Wish I could get back in the routine of morning runs, but into the late night & get up last possible moment routine at the moment ,this morning would have been lovely. Sounds a bargain headtorch Shades, Aldi/Lidl ?, just watch out if it's raining as the seals on cheap stuff don't tend to work!
You've got Jocelyn in your pocket now mamafox. Well done on the time & for winning a prize. Giant biscuit sounds way better than a trophy.
Coach Mowzer! ,what does that now allow you to do ?
Out for a run later, should have just enough light to do 3 off road and then see how I feel for 2 or 3 more. Only on 51 for the month so have some running to do to make the 100.