Hi all. I've been able to keep up to date with this board at work but unable to post due to our company's restrictions. I've read lots that I would have replied to, but I've either forgotten it now or it's hardly relevant, but I'm sure there were a lot of congratulations due, agreement with doing lots of slow steady miles (Hadd without the HR monitor as it takes the enjoyment out of running) and I'll skip over the WeightWatchers talk apart from taking the excuse of having footballers thighs for myself.
I'm still plodding away with fairly aimless miles, but not measuring my runs nor timing many of them so I can only guess that I'm doing about 60% of the milage that I was doing before FLM. I have a few races coming up in October - the first is a dreaded 10k, but I really should do something about that pb of mine. It's one of the Cancer Research runs though so it may be too crowded, or that'll be my excuse not to try anyway.
Today I did a league 5 miler and came second in 28:03 or thereabouts.
Well done GR and NM2 - two experiences I don't want myself, but two excellent results from them.
I did the Battersea 2 mile race tonight and came second in 10:31. It was a strange race that I accidently lead after about 50m as 2 kids burst away at the start. It was obvious that they weren't going to last but there wasn't anyone between me and them. Once past them I was desperately waiting to be passed myself so that I could get a feel for where I should be in the field. Normality was restored and I ran as well as I could have hoped for. I don't know how that will compare with the other races in the series, but JEJ not being there gained me one extra place.
It was good though to beat my 2 mile pb of 11:13, and shows what a slow course my club handicap is - only 2 weeks ago I ran 11:33 at my club.
DN - as above very well done on your time, especially to beat your pb by so much.
I got a pb the easy way again on Tuesday, racing a new distance for me. We had our club mile champs in Dulwich Park, and I did it in 4:54. As I've not raced it before I can't compare to anything, but I didn't think I'd go under 5 mins so I'm very pleased.
I've also decided to give a different 2 mile route a go as it is our club handicap that has convinced me that I'm no good at short distances. Each time I run our route my legs are telling me about inclines that I'd not noticed before, and it really isn't a quick course. I'm hoping to get out of work next Monday in time for the Battersea 2 mile race - anyone-else on here likely to be there?
DN - sorry to read that you had a fall, but I well and truly hold the crown on that front (not something to be proud of I know). On Sunday, 2 miles into my long run I fell over a speed bump crossing the road. I carried on my run with the fresh blood adding to my numerous scars from recent scrapes - it really can't have been a pretty sight. I'll have to think hard about running another marathon as I'm not sure I can run 26 miles without a fall!
Talking of which, seeing the deadlines for the applications for FLM is already making me change my mind daily as to whether I'll apply for next year. I would really like to do a foreign marathon, but realistically I can't be bothered to sort out the application and arrange travel, and I can't afford to go with the companies that do it all for you. The ease of just walking to the start of FLM from home can't be beaten.