JT - Sorry to learn about your rebelious body, hopefully it's a brief rest on ther treatment table.
Ness - Speed queen! Kudos
Not too cold out this morning so opted not to season my hands before leaving the door, that particular experiment will have to wait for another day. Just a 5 mile plod as it's club training tonight but it was probably the most comfortable and effortless run i've had in ages. A fine feeling.
...Fast forward to this year, I manage to knock 4 minutes off that time at Berlin. It was technically a negative split, but only by 3 seconds, so effectively a very evenly paced race. 35-42km was run within 1sec/km of average pace, i.e. bang-on, but I felt absolutely terrible! So a negative split would have been a more pleasurable experience but I am sure would have produced a slower time. I don't want to put myself through such an experience every time I race, but to my mind it was absolutely the best way to run the fastest time possible.
That's a great picture Phil, the pain you're suffering is abundantly obvious. I think that picture is as perfect an illustration you could find of how hard running, especially racing, really is.
I've tried to lift heavy weights, i've cycled hard, i've done competitive sports of varying degrees but nothing quite matches the latter stages of a race when you've put everything in to it and all that's really left is the last tiny fragment of your energy reserves and your frayed resolve. You have no wheels, no team mates and no aid to support you. It's your legs ability to carry your weight and your mind's ability to motivate them to keep doing it. Racing is tough.
Certainly all change this morning Swits as a frost struck Bury overnight, the first of November after a spate in early October and nothing since. Never really got warm on the run as temperatures were below freezing throughout, I struggled getting the key in the door on my return home due to how numb my hands were, despite two pairs of gloves. My circulation sucks. Anyway, 10 miles today in the chill, dark early morn.
DD, happy birthday old boy, hope you have a belting day.
Swits - Inspiring mileage, those legs of yours have some stories to tell
Ness - thanks lass, i'm feeling well immersed in it now and enjoying the experience. I have historically not socialised with any runners, now i'm surrounded by dozens of the little blighters. Hope you enjoyed the river run.
15 miler today, lovely running weather but my bladder was not playing ball and opted for making two pre run cups of tea feel like i'd drained the Leeds/Liverpool.