Poor DT...don't disagree with any of the sentiments, but hopefully he's got the message now. Hydrate and eat well the day before - banana, toast, water and perhaps a coffee, on the morning, DT.
Thanks, Skinny - might well be out when you get underway on Sunday AM as it's an early start, but will take a look at how you're doing once I'm back.
Madbee - Yes, certainly feeling the last few days in the legs now!
McF - That'd be great to meet some or all of you. My race isn't until 8.35pm which I'm sure would be a bit late, but I'll be there by 7pm or so to pick up a number, get in my warm up and is approximately when the meeting gets underway.
Good to hear it's not long now, marrows - make the most of the time you've got on your hands for the thesis until then.
Will definitely be Rushcliffe parkrun if any, Tommy. Fancy the Melton one myself at some point, but won't be this weekend. The legs will need to feel substantially more lively than they did today for even the local option though. Oo-yer.
McF - Nooo. Normally I'd say poor baby, but on this occasion I'll just say I hope the little bugger keeps her germs to herself.
None of that from you either, Mace.
Nice one, Pete.
Tommy - Yes, planning to be at Hexgreave Park next week. How I approach it, I've not quite decided. Considering a parkrun on Saturday morning if conditions are favourable and my legs aren't too beaten up from last night's hill session, so if I end up going full tilt at that, I'll do Summer League as some sort of tempo session. If I skip the parkun, I'll race Hexgreave.
Skinny - Thanks, and yes I agree. Had a word with the Charnwood Vets League team manager at track on Monday, and let her know I'd like to run the 1500m on Wednesday 29th at Leamington even if it's as a guest because the fast lads have made themselves available as the points scorers. No excuses this time, will definitely be running that one!
Do they have a tracker thing-ummy-bob at Manchester, so we can keep an eye on you?
Hi Skinny - yep, I'm fine thanks. Just still hopelessly busy. You're right I did bail on the Derby meeting again. Woke up on Saturday and the legs just didn't feel middle-distance ready still. I have been on the track for a training session with the Charnwood lads since however (4k volume @ 5:36), and really enjoyed it. Also hammered out 5k worth of volume along a bonkers windy canal @ 5:57 at the weekend, and may have set myself back to square one with another Lydiard hill session which killed the legs in the first place! Couple of very easy days at least now.
Sounds like you've got a pretty sensible plan for, and outlook on the weekend's race. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome.
Well done to the various racers at the weekend. That's a brilliant result at the Relays, Lit. Shows what company you're keeping and the level that you're now running at. Also very jealous of McF's win/first finish at parkrun! Sounds like Tommy had an 'interesting' race at Caythorpe, but a very good run nevertheless. Charlie and Muddy's excellent efforts I've covered elsewhere, but a threads thumb up for you along with the others too.
Of those training rather than racing, Lou's long reps session in particular caught my eye. Noice. Get a 10k done! Speaking of 10k's - solid looking tune up session, DT. Good to see Pete still cracking on nicely with his comeback, Mace tapering with a mere 70 mile week (FFS!), and Madbee pop in.
Hope Mr V's back to rude health soon, and marrows recuperation is going to plan.
Fingers crossed things will calm down, and I'll have a bit more time to start contributing more regularly again soon. Cheers all!
Took the spikes for a spin with some strides on a local playing field after a warm up in roadies this evening. Felt pretty good, though a different feel even to XC spikes - seem designed to quite aggressively push you up on to your toes. Don't think I'd race above 3000m in them, even if I ever did a track 5000m.
Seems to have loosened some of the tightness off in the lower legs anyway, but racing both 800m and 1500m would probably be pushing it, and unnecessary at this stage. There's also an interminable gap between the two races, and although I still expect the 800 to be my target event later in the year, reckon I've got a better chance of racing a 1500 well at the moment.
With entries on the day up until 2.30pm for a 3.30pm race, it also means a lie in. Best of all worlds.
Did you get the short leg you wanted for tomorrow, Lit?
Don't know what your timings and plans are, lit, but I'm free until 4.30pm when I have to head out to collect MsHew from her conference hotel near Warrington. Now if you'd been travelling last night...
Good luck to the racers - Charlie, Lit, Muddy and Tommy I think? I may also be racing in the new spikes at Derby, though while I am actually up for it this week, the legs are still feeling the effects of Monday's hill session, so I'll see how they feel after a loosener this evening.
Ta for the further thoughts on the Garmin issues - will have a play around over the weekend and report back.