CC2 - I'm in a hi viz yellow vest with a green diagonal stripe. You can't miss us Huncote Harriers
When I picked up my number on Wednesay, the guy specifically said to me: make sure they give you two chips because you're on champ start. Is this the case that only some of us have two chips? They didn't give me two sets of ties, however, I've just had to raid the kitchen cupboard!
Regarding that article: does it not reflect the likelihood that most people aim for a even-pace/negative split but often slow down due to myriad variables? It strikes me that if you 'aim' to slow-down, you're likely to encounter more serious problems than if it occurs "naturally".
My strategy is half-way 1.27ish and second-half as close to that as I can possibly manage.
Just got back from an enjoyable 5k, including about 2.5miles at MP (6.40). Legs felt surprisingly bright, although my non-cold is causing minor snot issues. Hopefully a decongestant and lots of sleep before Sunday will sort that.
Bedders - you did amazing to finish. You won the psychological battle, even if you didn't quite win the physical one. I have no wisdom to add, although Charlie W's observations seem quite logical to my untrained eye.
CC2 - I also got nabbed for the Manc Met blood study. The nice Irish rugby player made up for the needles, and at least the smidgeon of blood I donated provides another excuse come Sunday. Are you on the Champ start? I think we're going for a v. similar time, so I'll look out for you - Notts vest?
Taper madness is true madness. I feel like a carthorse atm, and I've not even started carb-loading yet! I just want to go for a nice long run...Instead I'm off for 3-4 with a couple at MP (or thereabouts).
I've made my list of stuff needed for Sunday. It's ridiculously long - when did running stop being a simple sport?!
Interesting discussion re: Mo. I read somewhere (now lost on the internet) that he received a lump sum for running 1.5 VLMs over last/this year. It's sad that he has to resort to product promotion, such as 'magic shoes', but given that so few elite runners can make a living out of it, I don't blame him for going that route.
As for him being/not being the greatest distance runner Britain has had - I think it's a bit earlier to judge? He's surely got another 5 years or so competing at elite level, esp. if he's pursuing the marathon distance. Only then will we have a good indicator. He's perhaps done most for media relations and promotion of the sport though (i.e. people have heard of him).
I hope everyone's training and tapers are going well? Some good sessions yesterday by the sounds. PP - your lots of running + Amsterdam sounds like the most enjoyable kind of taper!
8 miles for me last night, including 8 1-2 min fartlek reps with the club. Little further than planned, but felt ok. Easy 3 today with some strides and similar on Friday/Sat...
I would acknowledge that I may be getting a cold but I'm in denial, so I'm fine.