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Good explanation PMJ. I've picked up a few oddities like that on runs/bike rides - left a few others too
The Bus said:
One thing that is odd though, is how you reset your own expectations and feeling of what feels 'good'. All these runs have been around a minute per mile down on, say, 2 years ago, but they don't feel slower necessarily, and when pushing hard in the last mile, it feels fast, even though the pace is telling me otherwise! Nature's way of easing you into old age gently I guess
Stevie G said:
Wonder how many bits of that Thames Path 100 are like that - it sounds impossible to get wrong, but I bet you can add mileage on those sorts of bits, especially when knackered.As I wonder for the Marlow stretch, is the route through a couple of fairly subtle footpaths emerging at the Church? Or is it all the way following the Marlow 5 route in?
Jools - is your Blaisdon 10k going ahead anytime?
RTTS on those terms sounds great fun, SG. I’d be up for that one day. Happy big birthday for tomorrow. An excellent outlook on life. You could write the mindfulness podcasts I listen to!
Hope you enjoyed the foray into the Cotswolds, Reg. Was the swim cancelled?
Some very definite progress there, Bus 👍.
I did go through a phase of always running the route between Cheltenham Racecourse and the train station the morning after the Gold Cup. £30 my biggest find 💰
PMJ - good point on running data proving cold hard facts. Might start ignoring it!
A second ever mile race last night: the Bourton One Mile Challenge. Ran 5:21 there two years ago - I thought that was slow back then, so a painfully slow 5:39 this time. Have run a 5M at that speed!
Nonetheless, a fun evening. 1830 start, rolling waves job. A one mile charge into the town centre - which is essentially the tourist capital of the Cotswolds so very picturesque and lots of atmosphere.
15ft elevation - so nothing really, although the consistent ascent on Strava looks hard!
Good to do something well outside my comfort zone - both physically and mentally. Would like to try a track mile sometime.
15M buggy today. 7:50 pace. At least I am half decent at this niche activity 😆
Saw this - a friend or someone in the running club. Running Everesting in a day. All on the middle hill of my three hills route. Bloody hell!
Stevie G said:
About 10 or so from my club are doing this Race to the Stones ultra this weekend. 2 days, 100k split in a half, camping in between, although you can be a maniac and do it in 1 sitting.Could be fun one year. Would have to do it in a group, or with a pal though I think, rather than just trying to beast it. That wouldn't be any level of fun.
Yeah i'm with you PMJ, waste of money and it's just a glorified hike. Always some really good runners in the mix tho.
Reg Wand said:
Nice work SC.I think there's a lot more to the attraction of the RTTS and similar events than just the bare ingredients. Having it organised for you, sense of occasion, lots of fellow runners, route marking I assume, even a medal for some. It's also nice to have a fixed date in the future to train towards for those that need the motivation. Also if you're trying to impress your family and friends it sounds better if you can use a name of an event rather than just saying you went for a long run