Not been on here for a couple of days - 3 out of 4 children struck down with the lurgy. I am fine. Little darlings obviously saving their hard core germs to strike me down on marathon week .
Big G - I am glad your ceremony to put Claire at rest went well. The cow incident made me smile. Have you thought of maybe putting a bench under that tree you are planting if that's possible?
SK - You are so FAST.. I dream of times like that
Iain - A big well done for you too - I know it wasn't the time you wanted but that would have been just TOO easy!!! A fab start to your 10k career.
Shades - Definitely right decision to miss DMV. You said you didn't like that race much anyway. Now you can really look forward to Dublin!
Mowzer - Well done for pushing on through what sounds to have been a tough, disorganised race!
Moore - Hope you get your mojo back soon.
Jugula - Onwards and upwards for Portsmouth
I had a great 10k race. It came on the back of my highest ever mileage week so wasn't sure if I'd have much left in my legs. Just went for it at the start and figured that when it started hurting (About 3 km in!) then it wasn't going to hurt for long compared to a marathon. Course was beautiful - a mixture of wooded trails and gravelly paths through vines but boy was it hilly. I think someone mentioned 600m of elevation. It just kept on and on climbing with the odd short vertical plunge before climbing again. The last km was a steep descent to the finish. I threw caution to the winds and flew down, taking big BFG strides with my arms out wide to balance me. I NEARLY made aeroplane noises (Having 3 boys I am quite good at these) but managed to contain myself. Finished in 48.50 and 4th woman overall so v pleased with that (We are not talking Cabbage patch race contenders mind you!). Prizes incuded a pot of pear jam, orange Puma t shirt (Sadly too big), a nice bottle of Merlot and some sugar coated walnuts which we polished off in the car on the way home.
Shades/SK - Not sure if Jocelyne will be showing her face. I only usually see her at the official races making up the regional sporting challenge though so we will see; Will definitely make it a tempo run if she is there - the thought of her snapping at my heels spurred me on to get my last course PB!
Lily - That is an impressive shoe size - I seem to remember you are very tall though so can carry off that sort of size. Glad to hear you are feeling better.
SK - Looking forward to a photo of you with a cabbage then
I have absolutely no idea of 10k times but Iain is flying at the moment so I'm going to go for it and say 35:00.... No pressure Iain! (Just pretend you're on tracker!)
SK - I think those shoes are lovely - love the silver/pink mix! I don't want to give the misleading impression that I actually beat a whippet!! She wasn't even trying, just sort of bouncing around me, jumping up and giving ""playful"" snaps - enough to boost me on a bit until her owner called her off! Good luck for your Cabbage patch race on Sunday (What's the reason behind that name?)
Jugula - Good luck with your marathon - I'm looking forward to hearing how you get on.
Emmy - You racing this weekend?
Shades - Isn't it this weekend that you've got your local marathon? What are your goals going to be?
I am thinking about doing a 10k mix trail/road race on Sunday. I don't normally like this distance but it would be a good tempo workout plus it's the first time they are holding this race and I want to see what the course is like. It is set around a local distillery/vineyard and is described as a fête of Prehistory and wine... hmmmm....could be interesting!
Big G - Sounds like a beautiful resting place you have chosen for Claire and Jay. I really love the idea of a tree too. I hope tomorrow goes as you wish - I will be thinking of you.
My weekly 10k tempo hills run this morning. Enthusiastically chased by a whippet called Bridget which may go some way towards explaining the three minutes which I managed to chop off from last week's time.