Big G - LOl at you trying to get out of a childrens party. I have been up since 3am this morning with a vomiting child (He seems fine now) but think that is preferable to any form of entertainment involving lots of small children. Great that pregnancy still going well and you have two excellant choices for the birth itself.
Keith - You seem to be another one for churning out multiple marathons... A big well done on your double. I am quivering at the thought of two in the same month!
Shades - That is going to be a disappointment for you to miss out on Dingle. Sounds like right decision to make if you are going to be in pain though and end up making it worse. Better start doing some exercise though as advised (!) Hopefully a good rest will make a difference (Well a rest as in terms of maybe giving ultras and marathons a miss for a couple of weeks!)
Thank you all for your good wishes for my race. They must have worked as it went really well! The 10.4km course consists of four loops around a village - each loop incorporating 3 monster hills - yep 12 in all. This is the third year I have done this course and it really is no fun. I even thought about phoning in sick in the morning (!) but pushed myself out as races are the only time I do any actual speedwork.
I set off with the goal of beating last year's time of 54.13 so aiming for splits of around 5min/km. After the first loop I was averaging 4.48/km and felt ok so just tried to hang on. Second loop I maintained a steady speed and the third loop I picked off a few people. I stayed behind one man for a while as he always finishes in front of me and I was worried that if I overtook him it would be too soon and I would end up fading away and feeling like a right idiot. However, when I found myself slowing down I decided to overtake him and live with the pressure! Final loop I picked up the pace a bit (Advantage of doing lots of long runs...10k seems so short in comparison!) and finished with average splits of 4.46/km and a new course PB of 50.57 Well pleased - and didn't acually feel sick either which was a bonus. Kept HR monitor on for stats - MHR came out at 190 Good job I wasn't looking at it!
I ended up as 4th woman - again there were not many of us but this time I was not that much behind the girls in front of me (Well the second and third ones anyway!)I also had a place on the podium and a prize. Before anybody starts getting impressed - don't - the "podium" was one of those big hay carts and my prize was a 10 Euros voucher for the cheese stall in the local market - Ha!
Atmosphere good and had a couple of rosé pamplemousse apéritifs afterwards (Mix of rosé wine and grapefruit...delicious) Glad I did this race, I don't like this distance as it panics me but in all it has given me a bit of a boost for my training and my dreams of getting my GFA time this Autumn.
SK - I've just had to Google Boris bikes - didn't have a clue what you were on about!
The snake (Could actually have been a python - didn't hang around to find out) was round a man's shoulders as he was trying to drum up interest in his circus. Not sure what he was planning to do with the llamas though.
Jugula - Good luck with your long run - a scenic route sounds like a good idea!
Shades - That is annoying regarding your foot. Do you know what exactly you have done? - I mean is it a "recognised" injury or anything?
Iain - That sounds a long time on a stationary bike good luck to you there.
No running for me today. I have a 10.4km race tomorrow in which I always end up half dead at the end so am hoping that a day off will make a difference (Yeah right). This year they have decided to hold the village fête at the same time as the race. Should be interesting!
Lily - Bet you will have a fab time at GNR - will be a great eperience from what I've heard!
Emmy - I am sure you will make an extremely beautiful cowgirl
Shades - No, I was not bitten by the horseflies. A combination of sprinting with flailing arms while swearing loudly seemed to do the trick. Good news that injury sems to be on its way out. Is that one that you've had before?
Iain - +1 for taking a child with you on bike only on shortish runs that "don't matter". I have the patience of a gnat and things only end in tears when I am determined to run a certain way and I have a grizzly child moaning about being tired by the side of me
Lovely long run done today - all well within HR zone. Very pleased. Wildlife seen: Three ponies, two llamas and a Boa Constrictor.
SK - That must have been a rollercoaster of emotions yesterday, I am so relieved for you that all is well. You are right, everything else pales into insignificance after something like this. Look after yourself (()) (And as Big G says.. enjoy those shoes )
Emmy - Well impressed with you coming out with 5min/km at the end of a trail marathon! How many marathons are you up to now? Are you still going for time goals or mainly focusing on getting the figures up? I know you love your running and from your accounts of your races it is obvious you are enjoying them too - I was just wondering what your objectives are.
I remember you mentioned your mum was ill. I hope things aren't too difficult for her.
Big G - That was an interesting link about world record/ world best. Minefield. Looking at Paula's figures like that makes me realise just what an amazing runner she is.
Lily - What are you going for at GNR?
Shades - Good news that you have found a nutrition plan that seems to be working. That 50 mile race is going to be a real test of that.
Having an unscheduled day off today. Bit of a twinge on the side of my knee. Have been clocking up a fair bit of mileage and yesterday had an extreme tempo session due to being followed by poxy horseflies (I am not joking!) Annoying but probably right thing to do