That RAT sounds some challenge - I can't see myself running further than marathon distance at the moment so to do 100k plus in those sort of conditions is an amazing achievement. I love reading about running and even though I might not comment every time I enjoy reading your Trotter reports Big G. Can't believe Mrs Big G has only 6 weeks left! If anybody starts asking her "Any twinges?" the best response is to punch them on the nose immediately and blame it on hormones
SK/Shades/Emmy - Thank you for the shoe advice. Feel better about "saving" my new trainers up now but will break in new trail ones a bit.
Emmy - That sounds like a heavy weekend - have you recovered well? What's next for you?
SK - Glad you are all ok after that M25 near miss... unbelievable. Interesting reading your dad's thoughts on distance running today too.
Got a 30k done yesterday (slooowly mind you) and legs felt a bit wooden towards the end. Has come on back of a high mileage week so putting tiredness down to that. Won't run longer than that now until 32k race beginning September.
Was also wondering why no GB runners at all - really noticeable by their absence (I actually thought I hadn't understood some eligibilty criteria and they couldn't participate ) Felt sorry for that Polish runner today giving up when he had been leading for so long. You could just see him starting to fall to pieces. Been there (The falling to pieces bit - not the leading the field for the larger part of the course bit!)
Roughly how long does it take to break in a pair of shoes? I want to keep my new trail shoes for (dry) races and am planning on wearing them a couple of times before my next trail race in a couple of weeks. Should this be ok? I also have some replacement road shoes which are the same as my usual ones which I want to be in peak condition for November's marathon. Wore them for first time this week as my regular ones are hanging, they are lovely and bouncy and I don't want to overuse them... maybe just put them on for the odd long run and save them for the race itself.. any thoughts?
After getting in a few 20+ k road runs in this week have decided to do a shorter trail run today. Was a bit stiff this morning and all this Achilles talk is starting to get to me! Have bribed 14yo to look after 3yo so can go out this afternoon. Will be hot but should be cooler in the forest. Not putting new shoes on as reckon it will still be a bit muddy(!)
Watched the womens marathon this morning. Not sure if UK has same coverage as here but during the final 5k when Daulnay was making her break the camera decided to switch to scenic views of Zurich and the runners in third and fourth positions. It was really frustrating and I thought our French commentator was going to explode on the spot - thankfully they managed to come back to get her last 2km and a victorious finish. Great running!
Sounds like it was the racing that provoked it for you then Big G - but would it have been an injury that you would always have been susceptible to pick up as a result of your running style? Skimming through that thread there are a few opinions on forefoot strike/ minimalist footwear being helpful but Lee finds wearing flat trainers aggravates his injury... complete minefield