Salford's Andi Jones. (number 3, here at Wilmslow half) and much to my surprise I'm told that another top local marathoner
Chris Cariss is making a major comeback. Remember his 2:15 in 2004 ?
An ordeal which Yamouchi descibed as "interesting". Let's hope that the experience won't detract from Sunday's performance for the UK's only chance of marathon success.
It's to be hoped the week is going better for you marathoners out there and that after all your build up the tapering is going well and the energy is flooding back!
Meanwhile, as one resigned (probably!) to limiting my racing exploits to half the distance, the week up to now has been about recovering carefully after Sunday's 10K, whilst upping the volume a touch in a week without a race at the end of it. So I followed the very easy 5 on Monday with a couple of outings yesterday. A flat grassy prelunch with a hillier 3.5 on the road in the evening. A rare run from our Complete Runner shop to home.
I was "invited" to join a group of simialarly mature (presumably retired) runners for a speed session over in Airedale today mid morning but I've learnt to be cautious returning to race pace and so opted for a solid 8 miler on the road instead. I'll go offroad tomorrow (Thursday) leaving this week's track session until Friday.
The skies have been spectacularly clear today, no sign of that ash, but the chill in the air was still prevalent and made the initial miles into the cooling breeze hard work on my fragile lungs. But going back to the marathon the forecast is for the temperature to rise.
Add sun screen to your checklist!