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Great photos Tommy - I like photo 3 best. They went up Holme Moss in the Tour de France when it was in UK so there are easier routes to the top :-)
Presumably you can choose your own route on these type races provided you arrive at all the checkpoints?
Tommy, that looks amazing, however i'm sure it was gruesome to actually complete!
That must have been a nasty bug to have laid you up for a week, Muddy! I'd be delighted if I could achieve both of those times/paces! Too early, given I am not running an Autumn mara to start thinking about that stuff yet.
Decent 5k effort, mcf in the circs.
Bit of a sharpener over lunchtime for Saturdays 10k of 2 x 1k and 1 x 800m off 3m then 4 x 400m off 90s at 10kp. I step out of my office and it was like an oven. At the end of my warm up I was already very hot. Fortunately the one side of the race course is heavily tree lined so I was able to run the entirety of the session in the shade. It was still hot but not as brutally so as it would have been in the sun.
Couple of short easy runs with some strides next couple of days planned. It looks like i've lucked in with the weather. Saturday morning is forecast as cloudy and 18c with 7mph breeze. You can't really ask for much better late July.
Skinny - yes for the most part you can take whichever route you like, although a lot of the time there's a footpath or sheep track to follow, in addition there was some parts of the route which we flagged for us to follow to avoid areas of the peat bog which have been badly eroded.
There was a warning on the instructions about avoiding the 'small cliffs' as you descended one of the hills, these are the ones on the first photo.
Half hearted attempt at a session with Bob last night, was distinctly lacking in energy/pace. Rest day today.
I think i'd have said, "It's bloody hot and we really shouldn't be out here doing a session anyway and I don't want to kill anyone so we are going to keep the efforts short, the intervals long and the pace/effort manageable".
I took to the treadmill for last nights loosener and strides. Magor 10k in the morning. Conditions look reasonably decent.
Skinny - That's what I wondered. Are you still managing a couple of run's per week?
DT - sounds like you were a bit unlucky with the weather. the paces you were hitting in training seemed to suggested you were on for a PB. Some of your sessions did seem pretty savage and as muddy has suggested on occasion you may have left some of your best work out on the racecourse perimeter track. Having said that, if you can hit that sort of time in less than ideal conditions you must be in decent shape and perhaps a couple more tune up races between September and Telford will help get you the time your training suggest you're capable of. Enjoy your holiday!
I've had a couple of easy days as I was feeling a bit beaten up from the fell race and then a hardish week. Couple more weeks of nothing particularly focussed before starting on the plan for a half marathon PB attempt at the end of October (where is the year going?!).
Muddy, good that the easy week has refreshed you
DT, still a great time and I think if you had more runners around you this would have pushed you on.
Tommy, easy couple of days after they hills are deserved.
Managed 6 on Friday and 12mls Saturday for 36mls , hoping for the same this week.
Bob, sounds like you are definitely finding your form. Fingers crossed it returns fully very soon.
Yes I saw Lou's leg injuries on the fb. I thought the hospital had stitched them all together?
Just back from a long weekend in Lanzarote so easy 6 planned a little later to ease back in to things after a few days off.
I would definitely want to prioritise a marathon given what happened in London. I don't really see the benefit of doing Hull at 90%. It will still require a degree of training, taper and recovery. Perhaps defer your enjtry where possible or just write it off.
You'll be recovered by mid November so well placed then for a 10k and/or 10 miler from then onwards.
Always a shame when the weather interferes to such an extent, Bob.
Yes tempo at lunchtime with 3m at mara pace then 2 mins easy then 3m at my usual tempo pace. Came out 6.41, 6.42 and 6.48 and then 6.32, 6.39 and 6.32.
London GFA entered this morning.
Muddy, yes, I forget that mid June was that long ago now. Time flies by!
Bob, yes and no! The system is akin to Boston. Essentially benchmark times are set that entitle you to put your name in the hat. There are then 3000 places per sex. If there are more than 3000 names in the hat then then qualifying time is reduced evenly across each age range until 3000 people remain.
I'm in by 7 minutes so for me not to get a place the qualifying times will need to have to come down to sub 2.52.55 and 2.57.55 and so on. You only have to look at RB rankings to see that there aren't 3000 men (at least who have an rb profile) to make up those numbers. The numbers drop quite dramatically as you move minute by minute from 3 to 2.55. I haven't entered the ballot as a back up in any event.
Easy 14m yesterday to round off the week.
Ticking over this week towards Saturdays parkrun.