Tell me about it DT (and Lou and Chris). I am robo-busy at work, my latest adventure is a last minute 'emergency' trip to Devon, via Cornwall today.
Looks like I need to make a decision between Turkey Trot and Sneyd Xmas pud race then. Bob, would be interested to see what time you would do for say 10 miles, after a summer of smashing a load of rapid middle distance times. Guess you'll get a bit of a pointer after the Shelton 10k.
Skinny, how's the leg holding up? I know you said you were going to start the come back properly from September 1st but I don't think you've actually said how it's been going?
Cheers DT/Funster, looks pretty decent, do you get a Christmas pudding in the goody bag? It's the same day as Turkey Trot so if I don't do that then looks like a good option.
Good session Funster. Good to hear Chris is still running, hope he's in PB shape for his up and coming races. Hopefully his work calms down a bit and he can get back to important business like challenging for cells on the Top Trumps tables. My work Christmas party was in November last year, I think.
DT - yep certainly hoping there's at least 53 seconds more to come at Nottingham in a couple of weeks! Sounds promising about the leg.
Some good training going on by the looks of things. I've just been jogging around for the last couple of days. My legs feel the freshest they've ever felt after a HM which is good.
Good to see you're back at it DT, although think I would have eased myself back in with something slightly less brisk such as an MP session. Hope the leg is still fine in the morning.
Been trying to plan a couple of autumn / winter races this evening, but not had much luck. Ideally I'd like to do a 10 mile race (not 11 miles as per my last '10 miler'), probably in November or December but there's nothing immediately appealing / convenient. Much depends on if I decide to do, and get a place for Turkey Trot. Had also vaguely considered the inaugural Donnington Park HM but think it might be a bit crap and 5 or so laps round a race track sounds a bit dull, also it's bound to be windy, so think I'll give it a miss.
Just had a look at the Wilne results, Bob. Some fast times but still the wait for the sub 30 finisher which they keep hoping for goes on. Bet it was windy down there. A familiar name in 2nd place I see.
Blimey. I haven't got time to read all that now, Bob; I will read it at lunchtime. Just popping in though to say that I think big events are ideal for A-target racing, because the atmosphere and crowds boost your race-day adrenaline.
I'd agree with that to an extent, however, that's assuming that people actually get in pen's appropriate to their ability. Also, I think GNR is probably on another level to most 'big' events and they probably need much wider roads to properly accommodate everybody at the start rather than long thin narrowish pens.
People taking part in GNR are also predominately running to raise money for charity with a huge range of ability and many people not caring what time they finish in. Whereas the Belvoir HM I did was almost exclusively club runners looking for a decent time (relative to their ability) and you probably stood more chance of getting a PB there rather than GNR.
Having said that, your point about the crowds and atmosphere at large events does create a buzz which is impossible for the smaller events to replicate. It was incredible just how many people lined the streets for much of the route and were handing out sweets, oranges, drinks, spraying people with the garden hose, etc. I was surprised just how much the local population really get involved.
Good report Bob, the line about ankle biters made it sound like you were racing toddlers! I think you'd crash the RW servers with your race report, if you ever did a marathon...