Cal - I've got the Garmin 620 and I absolutely love it.
Jugula - Well done on that long run.. Achilles still ok after that?
Iain - You are braver than me attempting a double. I might one day consider going longer than marathon distance but never a double. I'm in bits the day after a marathon.
Mowzer - Hope you're feeling better.
Shades/Eleta - If we manage to meet up for Severn I will bring some fig jam with me. I've got loads of it. It's fig time again and our tree outside is groaning with juicy, black figs. I hate waste and, although I'm useless in the kitchen, even I can manage to rustle up some fig jam so no prob to bring some over.
Shades - I didn't realise you were off to Ireland again, glad that you had a good weekend. Isn't Dublin coming up too as well?
Weather at last getting cooler here, lovely and fresh this morning. The hunt season has started and the forest is no longer a safe place to be! I didn't run yesterday as my foot was annoyingly playing up again but I went for a long forest run on Saturday and had the life scared out of me by a very well camouflaged hunter. I didn't see him until I was nearly on top of him.. he was standing still by the side of the path with a type of veil with leaves stuck on over his head with just a narrow slit for his eyes. I honestly thought my heart was going to stop. He did apologise as I was staggering around holding my chest but I still haven't forgiven him
Yes Shades, would love to meet up with you all (meeting you would be a bit like meeting the queen as SK said once!!). Other prob with Budapest is that I can't take time off work outside the school holidays unless it's an exceptional reason.
Goulash and beer sound pretty exceptional mind you!
Steve - I really enjoyed your Berlin report. Maybe you still had that ultra in your legs.. maybe you went out too fast..but if you hadn't gone for it maybe you would still have that niggling doubt in your mind that you should have gone faster - who knows? It's all marathon experience and I don't think you can have a great race every time. We need to suffer a bit sometimes, learn from it, pick ourselves up and when we do get a better race next time it's all the more sweeter
Eleta - You've done great giving up smoking. Hang on in there with the weight loss. I'd agree with Big G on using MFP. It's really good for giving you an idea of portion size - the first time I realised what 40g of breakfast cereal really looked like was a sad day indeed - and I also like the fact that you can put your exercise in too which makes things much more positive. Make sure you don't lie on it and "forget" things (I speak from personal experience ) and I found it useful to use the app through the week but put it to one side over the weekend. You'll get there
As for me, I've been picking up the mileage gradually, back to running six days again and, although still grumbling, my foot finally seems to be improving. Thank God. I am enjoying training at low HR without the pressure of any race looming and already am noticing an improvement in my fitness. If I keep going like this I MIGHT think about doing Cognac (14th Nov) or La Rochelle (27th Nov) - but in Big G style with no pressure on for a set time. We'll see.
Cal - Sorry I forgot that you were doing another half just the week after your last race.. and what a result! Well done you
Big G - I enjoyed your Barnstaple report. You sound as if you didn't put any pressure on yourself and had a great time as a result. Fab.
Jugula - You don't sound too worried about losing your job! These sort of things happen for a reason sometimes.. I hope you make the most of the change and find something else you would like to do.
Iain - Well done on your first ultra.. and the proof that your new eating regime works for you. You've quite impressed me by how you've managed to stick to your LCHF plan. Whenever I cut out carbs (or cut down really) I notice a difference but I just can't seem to stick to it (Toast and fig jam being a major downfall )
SK - Horrible news about your dad's friend dying like that. Your dad must be shaken up by that.
Well done on your win What time did you do? A blinder of a start to your new age category! I almost feel sorry for other London runners your age.. you're going to clean up over there. Must agree that your prize sounded a bit boring though...
Shades - Thank you for that Severn Bridge link. Am definitely interested in that. I'm glad you had a good race and enjoyed your time in Scotland. LOL at your executive meeting with KK (and the thread dog too!). Not sure about Budapest if I am going to come over in August too.. unlikely that my finances would allow that!
Going to post this now as I've rambled on and I'm scared I'm going to lose it all!
That was a monster read Mowzer! I feel like lying down after reading about all the running (and hard core map reading!) that you've been doing. Hope you've recovered from your fall/painting.. now go and have a rest!!
Shades - Well done on that tunnel ultra.; great medals too. Can you let me know if you hear anything about that Severn bridge marathon. I would love to do that. Got loads of memories of going over the old bridge and I really like the new one too. The timing would also be good.. I can come over in the school holidays and I can stay with my dad as well. Also my bloody foot should have recovered by August 2017
Nothing much to report here without boring everyone's pants off about my injury. I think it might be getting a bit better.. but I didn't just say that!
A massive good luck going out to Shades, Big G, Steve, Iain and KK. Have fab races and I'm looking forward to hearing ALL about it!