Minni v Dubai Dave
Brol - I'm also tempted by Berlin. It would have to be a short weekend though since its during term time. I might be able to wangle a day each side.
Date for the diary!
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Nice session Minni, looking good for that sub-1:30 attempt You'll probably pass me with a mile or two to go when I've run out of steam after going off too fast! Had a look at the GER course on streetview this eve and, apart from a flyover over an A road at about 3 miles and an underpass back under the same road at about 10 miles, it's pancake flat - not even the slightest incline to speak of
Definitely worth a go based on that session I'd say Minni. How tough did it feel?
I love dead flat courses You can just settle into a rhythm so much more easily.
FRC, it's next Sunday. Freemers and Spoons are doing it too.
Erm, I hadn't checked the pace of the MP mile and that came out much faster than I would have expected based on the effort, so a good start. The first mile of HMP had a long gradual decline stretching about half a mile (so was going to feel easier) and I turned at the end of this so mile 2 had the incline. I didn't check my garmin until I was about three quarters the way up and was surprised to see I was still well under 7 m/m, so this gave me a huge boost. The rest was more or less flat (Freemers it was on the route we did last weekend).
This will make you laugh though. I hadn't really been checking my garmin that much and I was about a third into mile 4 thinking it was feeling quite easy when I checked and it read 7:11! Neither wonder it was feeling easy so had to put the foot down!! The last mile felt hard, partly because it was near the end but also because it had got really dark and I didn't feel comfortable being on the road without a torch, also the couple of stops for traffic meant I was then playing catch up. However, I figured this was good for sprint finishes!
I don't feel as if Iv'e done enough at that pace to know if I can carry it through but I think if everything else is right on the day then a PB might be there. I'd be happy with that.
Was your dancing that bad?
I'm up early since I'm on registration for our local Sportive this morning (you know one of those bike rides that not a race - can't see the point personally! ) We have 300 entrants, the maximum, and they are in for a treat because its going to be a stunning day. There's also a 2 day mountain marathon starting from here this morning.
Simon - Even though my running is getting better I don't think I am in PB shape.
Carrot - Cheers for the info, do they require a med certificate?
Minni - Good quick running on your session, you be careful I've nearly been hit a couple of times in daylight down country lanes. My race is a 10:30 start. You can say desk flat if you want, makes more sense than dead flat.
Good luck to all racers.
Lets start the day off with a race report
Dubai Desert Road Run 10K.
I hadn't done this one before so had no idea what to expect. A bit early in the season to expect too much as still 30C+ and I hadn't exactly tapered for it. Did my normal 3K warm up, all parts working and lined up about 3 rows back from the front behind the inevitable guys in Bermuda shorts, chubby people with MP3 players going at full blast and 5 or 6 very tall thin Africans.
The hooter sounded and I elbowed my way through the folks who casually walked right from the start and set off in pursuit of the lead pack. First K came up in 4-00 oops better slowdown, tucked in behind the 2nd and third lady and went into cruise control, 2nd K came in 4-17 which was more like it and I sat behind the girls while they each kicked trying to drop the other one. It was a two lap course so through halfway in 21-19, feeling very comfortable. On the second lap I began to notice that it was getting rather warm but stayed steadily between 4-15 & 4-20 min/K's, I noted that my club mates who were chasing me were falling back and I stayed with the 2nd lady when she finally managed to drop the other girl. A quick sprint down the finish shoot and a 42- 24 finish.
So negative splits which was good & a feeling that I really hadn't gone nearly as hard as I could have. Ah well its only 37 seconds off my PB from this running life and it was warm so hope to be better at the next 10K in three weeks.
Finished 27th overall and 1st M50, been a while since I won a running race.
Bling to prove it.
Hopefuly that has set the tone for a successful forum weekend.
DD - awesome bling. Congratulations on a great 10k
Thats a great start to the weekend.
I'm hungover and I ache
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