In the last week or so, I’ve seen friends complete 150-odd miles of the Marathon des Sables, triumphantly PB at Brighton marathon, get amazing parkrun PBs and generally be awesome. Having still been in downtime mode after Seville, it’s made me want to pull my metaphorical socks up and get back into training. Well done everyone who raced this weekend – from Tara’s brilliant PB at parkrun (and amazing age grading) to my friends Susie, Sophie, Shaun and Tim for conquering the desert in the MdS. You are all heroes.
My significant achievements in the last week include ice cream eating PBs (both for speed, and quantity, naturally – it’s important to go all in on these things you know) and generally having a lovely time in sunny Barcelona. Oh, and being consoled for being back in London by getting to wield the scanner in junior parkrun yesterday: I tried not to let the power go to my head. I also did a spot of parkrun tourism myself on Saturday, heading over with some teammates to Dulwich Park. And what a glorious day for it was – the first real warmth in the air, a beautiful park, a flat and fast course and bonus cake and prizes. The run was celebrating its sixth birthday and I won a huge gold chocolate medal (the best sort of medal, clearly) and a water bottle for coming third lady. My teammate Mark ran a brilliant PB of 16:54 – a whopping 88% age grading – which bodes well for London next weekend.
And talking of which … All London marathoners: an important service announcement for you. Step away from the weather forecast. There’s nothing you can do about it, it is what it is. Stay calm, stay relaxed, do not waste emotional energy worrying about it. (And yes, I know that’s a lot easier said than done).
So, over to you, come and share your weekend triumphs below the line. And a note to anyone who has the day off work today – Boston Marathon is on the BBC on the red button …