Posted: 21/07/2014 at 10:56
Shades - congrats on your pb . Will we get a race report?
lily - well done to you and your daughter
slowkoala - some excellent running from you over the weekend
Fairlands Valley Challenge for me yesterday. I've done the marathon a few times and thought I'd mastered the route, so opted for the 50k. They'd changed parts of the route - mainly the last 6 mls which was completely different, but also the beginning and one or two mid-way bits - so I ended up with my nose in the instructions the whole way. Had to stop twice to wait for following runners to catch up and confirm path and also stopped to help a young girl who thought she was lost (she wasn't) and couldn't work out where she was on the instructions. Ran mainly by myself but there were lots of other runners and walkers on the route so it was never lonely. Usual mix of country lanes, paths, fields and woods. Nice views, but these days I tend to have my eyes glued to the path in front of my feet
Bit overcast at first, but extremely hot and very humid . The promised light showers never arrived - instead the sun came out and toasted us even more. I've never drunk so much during a race before! Bit disappointed with the water stations - bread pudding is nice (if you like it) but too heavy to eat while running. I just had a teeny piece at one station. Otherwise all that was on offer were a few jelly beans and some softish biscuits. And they had run out of coke at the last station so had to have orange squash. Luckily I had some dried apricots with me and they kept me going over the last 6 miles which did seem to drag a bit and was almost continually uphill. We kept thinking we were due for a long run downhill into Stevenage but it never materialised. Plenty of walking today - my energy levels (as well as strength) do seem to be wanting at the moment. Finished in 7:04, though don't know how they're going to work out accurate times as many runners (over all distances) didn't start at their allocated times and started early. Overall a good day out, met up with lots of usual suspects, and only 20 mins drive from home .
Hour after I arrived home we had a massive thunder and lightning storm. Torrential rain flooded all the roads and garden paths, and just made a grey curtain out of the window. Eldest daughter was doing a dressage test in Essex when the storm hit. She got drenched but pony was really good and she came third