Posted: 19/08/2014 at 11:55
Great to see Emmy at Leila's Run (briefly, as she quickly sped off into the distance and I didn't see her again until after the finish). Lovely run but not too easy (actually none are ever easy). I finished in 5:06 which was about 20 mins slower than last year, but the company on the way round made it worth while . What Emmy didn't say was that her track marathon was actually on grass - that's ten times harder than running on a flat solid track .
mamafox - I've worn shoes straight from the box for a marathon - but only if they are exactly the same as a previous model that I know I had no problems with. Usually just like to get a couple of short (clean) runs in them though.
slowkoala - a lucky escape . I agree that the landrover probably sped off as it was stolen. A short while ago my daughter's friend was returning home from work through Hertford (quite close to the M25) when she saw a landrover pulling a trailer with a small digger. They were doing work on their house/garden and she noted the digger was the same make as theirs. When she got home she realised that not only was the digger hers, but the landrover and the trailer were as well .
Big G - you must be getting so excited with just 6 weeks to go. That 'preparation' time has passed so quickly. Please keep up the Trotter reports - I really enjoy reading them .
I looked at that Rat Race video. Previously I had been thinking that it would be a good idea to start 100 milers at about 10pm as it would mean you ran through the night when you were freshest and scaredy runners would be more bunched together earlier on . I don't know how that runner carried a pole/camera AND ran - you could see that it was affecting the way he ran slightly - I bet he had a numb arm afterwards. But the video gave a great insight into a long event with how little you can see in the dark and how the hills seemed to loom up in front and those steps . I had to fast forward over the steep, stony downhill on the cliff path near the end - it made me feel queasy