Blisters, feel your pain somewhat, but the right attitude in moving on. Ultimately you'll think of it as another marathon ticked off as the years roll by and forget the time.
FRA relays today, wild and windy out on leg 1 but thankfully not the clag and hail that greeted most at the top of Moel Eilio. We were never expecting to win it so we all treated it as a fun day out and the relaxation helped us all come through with some very decent legs, though nothing to trouble the leading guys and girls.
In the same boat as you, Donaldo, ahead of XC - just that shade too heavy but no turning back now. At least my first race isn't until the middle of next month.
What're you tapering for, Other Half?
What: 6.5 miles at tempo.
Why: been neglecting it a little.
Last hard: 16/10
Last rest: 14/10
Parkrun tomorrow, I'd expect, and then the British Fell Relays in Llanberis on Sunday. Got the first leg, the shortest and with the least ascent too - I thought that would mean less quality in the field - but a glance at the FRA website seems to indicate that a lot of the leading national quality runners are leading off. Ah well. Do me best.
Bluemoon: there's an Ibis Budget within walking/warming up distance of the startline. That said the trams will be running early that day so wherever you find, you'll be able to get near the startline. Many will opt for central Manchester and tram outward toward Old Trafford, but the option to go a smaller B&B in Sale or Altricham and take the tram the other way may be the wiser choice.
Good to be back, thanks for the re-welcome emzap, LMH and alehouse. I was in California; it's too hot to run in sociable hours there, so often I didn't. Ran a couple of races and - aside from the eye-watering prices - found the standard to have less depth than over here: 2nd male in 10k in 40.30 (winner in 34.xx, 1st female in 35.xx) and 2nd overall in 5k (19.50 on hilly course, winner in 18.50). All the races are charity first, amateur athletics a distant second. If you could be bothered to get up at 4.30am then the bus to the mountains always threw up some good running at the other end.
Dustin: your club must be pretty stacked then I guess, shame they wouldn't spring the money for a B team. I've got the first leg, sadly.
Think I'm throwing my hat in the ring for this, first marathon too. Fortunately I live near to the startline so no transport/accomodation issues. Got a 1.29 half on compacted sand though I suspect I'm quicker than that now so would hope, with a good winter & spring of focused training, that I can go sub-3.10, maybe faster. Fell-running has killed my straight speed a bit but I'm not touching the hills this winter.