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Spent a heap of time in the garden today wielding my new friend the pole hedge trimmer, plenty of climbing ladders and reaching out into the great beyond to lop branches that thought they were beyond my reach - ha ha - every one of them has been felled - toe has held out against all contortions and is mightily bendable - time to give it a trial run tomorrow I think. It was great cross training if only I hadn't eaten all that chocolate and drank all that beer in celebration of becoming yet another year older!
Slow Duck spoiler coming, go and listen before reading this quote if you want to hear the full story "I'd already fallen over more than I'd done in any other race before, I had a bump on the head, my shorts were all ripped to shreds, my arms were bloody, and I was drifting off whilst I was running...I am really, really keen to have another go" - can you tell he loves running - what an adventure - and all that happened in the first half! He is amazing!
I need that discipline SS - I have watched the deadline for the C2C approach and done no strength at all - call my self a runner - well I don't actually.
Ooo London! Well done those in so far! I have checked my e-mails and there is only a likkle spider hanging in one corner, even the junk is an empty trunk
Got out on the C2C last weekend and ran 9 miles out of Penrith and back looking up at the looming Pennines and laughing in their faces.
Sorry you are not 100% Becca, but as you say, it looks like you have time to recover. Will you be racing against the donkey, dog, cat, and rooster?
SS I am indeed into a short taper now, really needed that 18 miler last Saturday though to complete the shorter (13 mile) longer (18 mile) alternation my mind needed to satisfy itself that I had "done all I could" to temper myself for C2C - I've had my running time disrupted for several weekends (including episodes with Guinness and Turkish Delights ). I ran the Capenhurst 5k tonight in sub 27 starting from the back of the pack and slowly working my way through the field to a crescendo of a sprint, felt really good and did a heap of stretching afterwards - hip flexors indeed! I'm heading up to the C2C course again this weekend, really only planning to walk as I try to understand the course directions and the transitions from open road to bike only paths. Sunday was all about that from Consett onwards last weekend. Its really boosting my confidence becoming familiar with the sections I have visited. Still plan a little run sometime Saturday or Sunday too. Then it'll be the final approach to the big day. I have Friday off work to travel up to Whitehaven and the start
Ha ha - SS - the madness is strong in me two crew in a campervan who in theory will take shifts to sleep but in reality are so pumped about the event like me that they will not sleep a wink I think. If you have never run through a night from dusk till dawn I recommend you give it a go. My qualifier was the only time I've ever done that and a thunderstorm passed directly overhead - absolutely fantastic - and terrifying - the land was pretty flat and I was scared at getting struck - but a handy bridge to duck under wasn't far off...
Aha! So I'm still in with a chance of running without signing my life and kids over to the charity slavers? They reckoned it was a prudent move to apply irrespective of whether I had a place or not; if I do get a place my oath of allegiance is cancelled, although as usual I did not actually read the T&C committed to
I've been given a couple of stats on how to be successful in life; first 40 miles need to be rattled off Comrades style in 8.5 to 9 hours. It then gets a bit hilly but as long as I can get to 100 miles within 27 hours the likelihood is that I will successfully transition to the end within the 38 hours for the event medal. I am sure there will be some 1owrez style finessing outside of those parameters just to keep you on your toes, if you bother to watch of course. There is a link on the website to monitor the run and they will attach a tracker to me just before the off. At the moment that link doesn't do much so I wont paste it here in case some other thing is used on the big day(s)
I have discussed with my team what happens if the 38 run out and I'm not there yet, of course I expect to carry on to complete what I started, the tracker has to be given back after 38 hours though, so if I disappear from screens it doesn't necessarily mean I have given up. They tried to lock me down to what would be a reasonable continuation strategy; mainly an attempt at reassurance from me that if I was too far off the end I would stop anyway - I didn't want to get that black and white about it though - I will be reasonable on the Sunday though if it is looking like a rather tall ask; I don't want my support team to go down the pan even if I am prepared to go that way.
This London thing appears to have a chicken and an egg involved with it - if you wait to discover your ballot entry was unsuccessful in October all the charity places will have been hard allocated by then. To get a charity place you need to pay an up front non-returnable registration fee (given the charity accepts you) prior to the end of August. If you consequently get in through the open ballot that registration fee is still lost but the burden of collecting the big amount you committed to for the charity is removed... but hang on then... doesn't the charity place you just released become available for someone else to use?
Anyway - I didn't think it was worth the risk - so when the charity I picked saw my collecting prowess they bit my arm off at the neck and made a place available to me. I've just stumped up the registration fee and can declare I am running London
SS - Ta - I was thinking that if I did get a successful ballot place then I could defer it so next year would be plain sailing. Unless VLM can somehow detect that you are holding both types of entry concurrently and do something about that.
Debra - I am dead lucky that my company now double matches a lot of charity donations, every £1 I bring in they will add £2.
SS - depends where you want to run, there are a lot here:-https://marathons.ahotu.com/