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Looks like an epic account Debra - I will absorb it later
Max, brilliant performance - that pace is a Comrades qualification alone over that distance, remarkable over that terrain! You are definitely in Comrades form.
I have been floored by yet another man flu bug, can't believe how unlucky I am this year, each time I get close to scraping that sub5 something else kicks me feet out from underneath me. Did manage to get in a 2:20 half on Saturday before it struck though. So frustrating not being able to capitalize on that for now as I pathetically wheeze and cough my lungs up all over the place. And did I mention the pain, the pain! My brain is scarping against the inside of my skull and screaming at me to stop every movement I take truly man flu!
Max, that's great running at CTS - congrats. Glad you enjoyed my Viking 100 tale.
lowrez, sympathies! Hope you're better soon.
Debra Bourne said:
So, it's taken me 10 days to finish and post this: warning, it's quite long - but then so was the event!Viking 100: https://runningape.wordpress.com/
I think someone has recovered from the man flu. Shook it off with a 5 miler a week ago, managed 18.5 on Saturday and got 10 in yesterday morning for the annual charity event at work. Will definitely make the Manchester start now.
Thanks Terry If its a cold day, it can get quite warm under that mask... I wonder if I should risk it... its still going to be a challenge to sub-5 it so maybe I should just turn up non-descript and sober and grind out the qualifier. Mind you, the attention you get when dressed up is a very good taker-awayer-of-the-pain so...
Well my friend Buzz said he would lend me his rollerblades if it would help? Can you see the trekkies over my shoulder (the orange bridge sentinel safety officer wasn't an actual scifi character though).
I found the discipline of holding a gun for 10 miles a very positive posture enhancer, even though it was just an inflatable weigh nothing prop, my core is still sore a couple of days later but in a good way. I've probably got into a bad slouching habit these past few years.
The showoff within me is extremely tempted to run in character! Maybe minus the gun?
Debra - read your blog last night - what an epic run - you have had an amazing year Well done
JAR, that picture was about the only time Buzz was anywhere near vertical! We had to take him to the toy hospital to recover. He did 16 miles in that get up! Looking at the prediction Manchester is currently going to be colder than the day we did this, I am going to need some "clothes" to stay warm if it stays on forecast.
Good luck at the RAF 100 Debra
Becca, well done!
I managed to run Heaton parkrun in 24:04 today - thought I was under 24 as I was ahead of the 24-mins pacer. Oh well. Nowhere near a PB, but good to run relatively fast for a change from all my long runs.
lowrez, thanks; I will let you know how it goes. Manchester temperatures are looking rather low, aren't they? We had 4 C for the inaugural GMM - but that was temperature before factoring in the wind chill (gale-force winds), rain and hail... here's sincerely hoping you don't get that.