Snaffle pants,if u have missed the run today my advice based on my own experience last year is just miss the long run and carry on your plan as normal from Tuesday. If u feel ok tomorrow maybe get out for a 6-8k easy run. It takes me til the 2nd day to recover from a long run which would mean I'd be struggling for the rest of the week and constantly playing catchup. If your one of those that recovers quickly you should be ok doing your LSR tomorrow.
Was glad Gary came and answered this. I do seem to remember something in RW mag either last month or the month before saying that recent study has shown that ibroprufen for runners can be bad. Ill see if i can dig it out but i seem to remember they said pretty much what Gary just said.
Welcome Sorequads and Zonda! On the subject of the roads from memory last year only the southbound A56 was closed, the northbound remained open so getting to OT shouldnt be a problem. As the others have said though the metro is a simple option.
Gary - They were handing flyers out for the village bakery half after the Helsby cancellation on Sunday. I read up on RW that the last few years have been a nightmare but they have since got some external race organisers in for this year and the price makes it quite tempting to give it a go. Wilmslow at the end of March just feels too long to wait
I had a couple of days off at the beginning of this week, Monday planned and Tuesday i just ran out of time. I was on a fire training course all day then out at an evening with James Martin last night. I got a couple of runs in today with a stinking hangover, 8k at lunch then 5k home after work.
Birthday tomorrow and off out on the drink again at the Manchester Cider and Ale festival with my dad . I'm not out until the afternoon so will get another 13k in the morning then do a recovery Friday and Saturday. I feel this step back week has come at a good time.
Ian - Get well soon! You have been getting some cracking runs in. Quite tempted to head down your way one weekend for my long run. Some of the trails round there look ace.
Snafflepants - there were loads of people with normal headphones last year and nobody seemed to care. Personally i just love listening to the different bands/choirs/crowds and dont listen to music when racing. Last year i ran 20+ miles with one of the guys off here (Karl - haven't seen him around on the thread this year) so we chatted on and off all the way round.
Congrats Coop!! well done. 2 mins off your PB is a great result.
I think colder countries probably just run the races offroad The issue wasn't really the ice, it was the fact that the roads were open to cars and the combo of that and the cars made it unsafe. I'm sure if they were closed roads the race would have gone ahead with the warning that some parts were slippy. I'd love to do a decent trail race in this weather with snow everywhere, would be amazing!
So yeah we were all sat waiting for the start of the 4 villages half and were told it was delayed by 45 mins, then 10 mins later it was cancelled. have since had an email to explain that the police and local auths told the organisers that the insurance was invalid if they hosted the race as some of the roads were too dangerous. Pretty gutting after driving over and wasted the morning but i cant begin to imagine how gutted the organisers must be, they work for months to put that event on and make very little money on it. They are going to send out a survey to the runners to see if people think the event should still take place in January (this is the second cancellation in 3 years, although last time it was cancelled on the Saturday).
After leaving Helsby I spent the rest of the afternoon driving round in the snow round Wilmslow type area viewing wedding venues, eating cakes and drinking bubbles. To say i wasnt prepared for dragging myself out in the dark and cold when i got home at 4 is an understatement! Anyway i decided i would kick myself for not getting out there and doing at least something so i set off. ended up doing 22k with 10k at marathon pace. It wasnt pretty and i felt pretty ill by the end (ive not felt great the last couple of days but i'm sure it will pass, think its a stomach bug thats been going round work). Anyway, the week is complete and its a step back week next week which im more than ready for, and its my bday Thursday so its good i dont have too much running to do
RRR - happy birthday for yesterday
Pete - Great session, well done!
Alan - Some cracking mileage there, Ive never broken the 100k for the week, my highest was 91 last year when i did a long run on the Monday rather than the Sunday and then ran that weeks long run on the Sunday, so got the 2 long runs in the total.
JJ/RT - If you are following P&D or any plan that bases its plan on the Lydiard pyramid model then the first section is always an endurance building section, lots of long slow stuff. The nearer you get to race day the more speedwork comes in to play. From memory the last 5 weeks or so all have mile repeats which really get your speed back up.