Posted: 07/11/2014 at 18:44
Big G - hope you have a good time in London - sounds like you'll be pampered
Shades - re the hopping, I have a friend who skips (with a rope) every day. She stopped for a couple of months earlier this year and that's when she got an achilles niggle. Since starting skipping again she's been ok.
It's not only the big marathons which have got expensive, some of the 'smaller' ones - not even road ones - have also. Personally I'd rather they kept the prices down rather than give out goody bags full of things which go straight in the bin, medals which you can hardly lift or t-shirts which come down to my knees. A friend recently remarked that he'd done so many of x's marathons that he'd paid for x's holidays.
mamafox - good luck for Cognac . I love the Jocelyne idea. Every time you pass a female you can think (or say out loud if you want ) 'this one's mine Jocelyne'. I'm sure you'll do well - you deserve it.
I usually do a short, flat recovery run the day after a race (or 2 days after if I'm driving home or really too tired). Then I'll just do 6 miles or so quite easy each day, with maybe hills one day, until I 'taper' on Saturday . I really must try to get back to doing a bit longer slow run (10/12 miles) mid week as I think I felt fitter when I did.
sk & KK- good luck with your parkruns.
Iain - how are track sessions geared for xc runners?! Our club xc runners (not me anymore ) need to practise running through a thigh deep stream (don't - you just fall over), how to find your shoe under 6 inches of sloppy mud and what to do when you start to sink in the middle of the newly ploughed pea field.
I've just got back from Shropshire. Did 2 of the November Nightmare marathons (Wed & Thurs). Low key, a few peeps I knew and a flat course of 3 x out and backs along a railway line. 4:50 and 4:56 but couldn't go any faster. Bit stony but nice countryside with fields, woods, the river, farm animals and lovely old houses. Had to step aside for tractors a couple of times and on Wed I stood off the path while the hunt passed! Civilised start time of 10am and I stayed in the local YHA at Coalport which was 5/10 mins walk from the start. Nice break .