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You'll get there SG.
Well done all - Have read through, great report Bus, sounds great - but not as long and better paths would get me up there I think. MH at the GSR, the Abbo gang, Jools and Pete managing his calf.
So - after handking this cold with kid gloves for 10 days, I thought it was kill or cure time and was entered for the Southern xc relays at Wormwood Scrubs. We went via Rickmansworth Parkrun, ran round with the kid, in just under 25, it's fast (Dachs had a go at sub 16 recently..) but we got stuck too far down the crowd at the start and didn't really recover.
Relays were good, unfortunately the only shower in London all Saturday was just on 2.30pm as we set off on the slightly shorter 4.6k (officially 5k) course, I was 1st leg for the B team. Great when you are trying to fight a cold off! To my surprise I didn't cough and felt pretty strong. There was one or two muddy patches, but nothing major and came back in 10th in 14.26. The A team ended up with bronze medals and the B team were the first B team in 10th.
Felt pretty horrible that evening, but a hot bath and some painkillers sorted me out. No running at all now though until the chest clears, hoping to do the LFOTM though. Only had one shandy in three weeks! Must be the lack of beer making me feel crappy
The Bus said:
More than one lemon involved there
Seems a life time ago now, but I mentioned that random co that came in to do Blood pressure readings about 6-8 weeks ago, and took me sky high! Top number 162!
Was re-assured that a pal at work's machine subsequently took me 138 and even 1 day into the worst of vertigo the doc took me at 140...
So the 24 hour test has come through, I have it strapped In place, and the still reading was 128-(not sure on the low number but near 80)
Then 5mins later walking it took 131-80
That's more like it!
Very possibly, but the work reading was just done badly, I'm certain.
These readings are every 20mins, and I've had about 3 or 4 top number readings under 120 now, so who knows what the actual average will be, if that's how they do it.
Listening to people at work will test it tomorrow
Hopefully you'll get a fully fit, flat out effort job in!
Apparently Great South Run and Cabbage Patch 10s are the same day next year (though I can't find anything online to confirm the latter)
That'd be stupid. The 2 biggest fast 10milers in the south of England clashing!
It does depend what you like in a race of course, and of course the GSR has a big "tail" to it, but don't for a second be mistaken about the front end quality.
CP this year had 30 sub 60. Only thirty! For this supposed emporium of fast "Proper" runners.
Even Maidenhead on a scorcher and surely slightly harder course had 31!
GSR had me in about 77th or so 30seconds under 60 last year - so the top end is still stronger than CP's top end.
It'd be like saying Wokingham is a "better" race than Reading for the same reasons...Wokingham being more clubby, easier parking, cheaper etc, and Reading having the "tick off" status, the big stadium finish, higher quality etc. But similar to GSR, if you want the highest quality front end in the country, it's GSR or Reading half.
I'm sure Bus, like me would list the GSR (2012 version especially, over last year's underwhelming hard work one!) as one of his best ever race experiences. And not just for the free buffet
Having said that, I quite fancied the idea of the double, so it's a bit annoying having missed both, that I'd have to choose (if I'm actually even racing - never take it for granted!!)
If they really clash 2 of the few big 10milers they really are imbeciles.
It'd be up there with last year, where they clashed Reading half, Eastleigh 10k, and the 12 stage southern relays, all on the same day!
For even more farce, if you recall, they were all snowed off! You couldn't make it up!
Bus - I'm not sure any of those have posted in the last year, I know ALD popped in for one post in 2019 though... I chat regularly with him and MeeMeep on the old fb, but nothing beyond strava for Johnas. I think Stevie See has fallen out of it a bit, which is a shame, top guy.
Looking forward to you being hungry for a race or 2, and hopefully if my legs/breathing/body ever get used to the idea of being fit again, we can get a few little race trips going like the early 2010s!
Aley - sounds like being able to turn out is a small mercy for now. That's better than nothing, and a building block.
Simon, we're in that darn window of cold lottery aren't we. I tend to sneeze a few times a day due to the air conditioning/office hubbub of germs. Never quite sure when something will floor you for a bit
Yeah clash is official...this from their FB page