SK - I've been here thirteen years now, hubby is french and children don't really speak english so our family home is really here. There are lots of things I miss about the UK, mainly the sense of humour - our sarcasm and ability to laugh at ourselves - and I would dearly love to visit more often and have a second home by the sand dunes back in South Wales. Financially that looks pretty unlikely though!
The training you have been doing sounds tough enough without even more speedwork in the taper! Are you going to stick to the plan to the end?
Shades - Thank you for those words of comfort regarding crème eggs.
Emmy - Thank you for now making me crave M+S HCBs (!) You have some serious contact there
I'm not quite sure to do about tapering. I don't like cutting right back but then I'm definitely not going to do any speedwork or long runs either. For Cognac I ran my last 30k three weeks before then trained as normal (but just easy pace) up until two days before which I took off. Seemed to work then so I'll probably do the same this time.
Mowzer - 8 hours on your feet I lose the will to live after 3! I have to keep reminding myself when I read your reports the distances you are running - you make it sound so easy and (most of the time!) your enjoyment in your races comes across and that's lovely.
KK - Don't start me off on old cars. The only time I had a nice car was when I was working full time, single with no kids *sighs wistfully*.. I had a racing green Golf VR6 and she was beautiful.
Big G - Good luck with carer duties! Is your dad managing to get up and about now? From what you've all written about the DD it sounds a race that you need to start feeling on top form so probably best to defer that until next year.
Emmy - Thank you very much but please don't send me any creme eggs - I am trying to lose weight (again) and would go beserk if I saw a creme egg in front of me
SK - 22 miles! Well done - I got my last 30k long run done (which I "pretend" is 20miles) and there was no way I was doing another 6 k! You are right about getting faster with lower HR... unfortunately I timed myself on the same route and I was actually slower. Marvellous Town coucil duties not too bad. Generally there to discuss projects and how to spend our commune's budget. I also get roped in to help with conflicts between french and english speaking résidents. Had a good one a while ago involving a dispute over an American's Wisteria and a Frenchmans' chickens. At one point the American lost it and said.. (in drawly accent) "The problem with Mr. Du... is that he's just.. so... FRENCH!!" This went down a treat as you can imagine
Keith - I doubt if those eggs would last the week with you... I love crème eggs but cannot get them here. That is actually probably a good thing mind you.
anniesophie - Well done on your race, I bet that has given your confidence a boost. It is completely irrelevant how many other people were in your category... you came first and that is all we are interested in!
SK - I didn't realize the eclipse could have an effect on animals. Good job I didn't cross my neighbor and her Beaucerons then!! You have some quality competitors at your park runs!!! - sure you would have given her a good race though if you'd been running Big congrats to mini koala too.
Shades - Sounds like you enjoyed your race too - being a bit dim here but how do you run a race to HR.. try and keep at 70% of max throughout? Interesting about HR being lower for my speedwork. I did feel tired and couldn't have done anymore but in spite of that my HR was a good bit lower.
Elections here today, 3 hours of perfectly good running time wasted helping people put envelopes in urns this morning. I am on our town council (said yes when asked as thought it would look good on my CV ) so am obliged to help. I worked the morning and, being France, main topic of conversation centred round what everyone would be eating for lunch
Keith - Please don't mention shiny new cars. I am still bumbling round in my ancient cavalier.. as of this week one windscreen wiper doesn't work, the one in front of the driver naturally - so I can't drive if it's raining unless I lean over to look out of the windscreen from the passenger side. I have short arms so this is not a very safe option as it involves leaving go of the steering wheel. Good job I am married to a car mechanic!
Big G - Hope you are ok and not too shaken up by those events in Tunisia.
KK - I enjoyed your race report and just loved that RICE photo!.. Brilliant
Emmy - Oooooh, now you have found a Jocelyne you will be sprint finishing all your races! I think you must be the only person to use "sprint finish" and "quad" in the same sentence... nutter!
SK - I can't believe you have been bitten by a dog too.. and in the last stages of a P and D plan as well! Hope you are ok. My next race is the marathon itself (at Cheverny, Loire) - it falls on the same day as Paris, the 12th April.
Shades and anniesophie - Hope your races go well this weekend and you get to meet up.
Managed to do my dreaded speedwork on Thursday - 20s longer than last week. Great. My HR was actually lower but my legs were tired. Putting it down to having bumped the mileage up a bit but whatever.. it's done anyway. One more of those sessions and another 30k left before I start cutting down a bit.. thank goodness!
Jugula - no idea about taping whatsoever I'm afraid.
Shades - good news that your foot does not seem to be any worse after your marathon.
Mowzer - another double epic from you - I know you're not number crunching but, as a matter of interest, how many marathons have you done now?
Any news on how Emmy got on with that quad?
Mostly easy running from me - hills progressive run tomorrow though... might throw a sickie .... Got in another 30k which went ok too. Took it at a comfortable pace and managed to speed up (relatively speaking!) for the last 10k. Thinking about it, my long runs should really be 32k to convert to a 20 miler. However as I "work" in km I always stick to a nice round number. Have no plans to change as I already find 30k training runs drag on enough as it is!