A tip - different manufacturers round up/down differently to each other when it comes to sticking a UK size on the label, but if you compare using EU sizing then you should find they are much more consistent.
For example, I am a UK10 in Asics, Brooks and Saucony, and a UK10.5 in Adidas, Mizuno, New Balance and Skechers, but all of those are EU45.
Interesting. It looks like it's a genuine track and that you fade as the distance increased.
Genuine post I believe yes, but if you zoom in on the trace you'll notice that it has a lot of zig zagging across the road which is typical of apps relying on phone GPS. So whilst still a credible effort, the actual distance ran will be a fair chunk lower, and therefore slower, than what the summary stats suggest.
Scott P - yes I did VLM this year, probably discussed it a few hundred posts ago 2:59:50 - probably could have been a bit more ambitious but just wanted to make sure I got a sub 3 in the bag whilst fit as I promised the wife I wouldn't be training for another marathon for a while!
I tried Lee on Solent parkrun this morning for the first time. Very straight. Very flat - just one short ramp up and back down which you have to cover in both directions. So potential for reasonable times when not windy. I think the two U turns cost a good few seconds each though.
This morning the conditions were pretty good - only a mild headwind between the first and second turnarounds (when running westbound). I only managed 18:15 though which was good enough for 4th place - if either of you boys had been there I'd have bet on you being 1st. I've fallen into a habit of running 5K more and more comfortably for the same pace, instead of running it faster for the same effort, so I'm running the same 5K times I was 2-3 years ago even though McMillan would estimate me 17:41 off of my 10K PB.
Scott P Good luck for Salisbury - I almost entered that one too, but then remembered the reason I've never done it before is because I am diabolical at running in hot weather and I don't want to gamble on an August 50K being mild!
Really pleased for you with the hearing. My OH and I spent some time frequenting Audiology departments when she had severe hyperacusis years ago, it had been a frustrating struggle but with the sound generators - essentially hearing aids programmed to emit a desensitising noise profile - her brain gradually adjusted and turned the gain back down. So yes the technology is amazing but so is the human brain!
Anyway... all good here thanks, little boy just turned 1 year old which has gone by scarily quickly. Cutback week for me this week after managing weeks of 49, 48, 50 miles, which is the first time I've managed to string together a few decent weeks of training since before VLM and feeling better for it.
Next target race is Purbeck in September - just the 16.5 miler though not the marathon. Will probably do Overton 5 before that too.