Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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A Forecast To Fear

by Russell Turner - 17:08 on 28 September 2020

Six days to go – and the Met Office weather forecast for Sunday on the Black Isle is for heavy rain all morning and well into the afternoon, when it turns to light rain. It least the wind isn’t awful. Of course there’s plenty of time for it to change, or it could turn out to be wrong, but it might be time to remember that my big ambition was to be home in under five hours; recent hopes of a 4:30 finish may have to stay a dream.

Which is a shame. Today’s run was a rehearsal of the final 10k, which featured four miles of 6:1 run/walk then two miles (cunningly planned so they’d be downhill) going for broke. The last one saw me knock 10secs off my mile PB for 7:22.1 (or .7 – Garmin can’t make its mind up) and a 58:52 finish. Add that to the 20-mile 3:30 that I completed a few weeks ago and I’ve an impressive new marathon record. Whether I could repeat it after having run 20 miles is another matter.

There are now a mere three (or possibly two) runs of 20-30mins before Virtual London Marathon Day. I’d say it couldn’t be wetter than my first Yorkshire Marathon in 2018 but that would just be challenging The Running Gods. The forecast for the Elite runners in London is perfect: cloudy, cool, light breeze, low chance of rain. It’s the same for York and Glasgow. Even Inverness has a marginally better forecast than the Black Isle. It’s a conspiracy.

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