Carterusm with Spoons
Ok, it wasn't fast and it wasn't pretty, but we did it!!!!
Thankfully it was a bit cooler yesterday evening, but even so, when we saw the route, we knew that it was never going to be speedy! It started on the athletics track (2 loops) then went into the park where we did 3 loops, there was a killer hill (and I do mean killer!!) so steep that it was hard to actually run up it! There were grown men in club vests walking it, so our first challenge was not to walk! At least before the up hill there was the luxury of a down hill, but again it was so steep, you couldn't get maximum benefit from it, it felt like you needed to keep the breaks on, to avoid taking a tumble!) I checked my Garmin after the first loop and we were under an 8 min mile, but there was no way I was maintaining that! By the time we finally made it up the hill, my legs felt like jelly, I must have used some new muscles somewhere, as I felt I had no power in my legs!
The second lap wasa bit easier as we slightly slowed the pace, but knowing we had to take on the hill a third time was enough to make you weep! But, we made it and by then I was geting into my stride and by the final loop round the track to the finish we managed a sprint!
Time was Slo-o-o-ow (56:12) but this one wasn't about speed, it was about comeback! I hope to get closer to my 47:58 PB at the Salford 10k in September, which I believe is flat!
Oh, and we pinned our wedding photo to our backs, so lots of congratualtory comments too. All in all a fab night!!! Woo hooo!!
Rachel- who cares about time for this one- you're back! Well done, sounds a fun but tough race, and your photos on backs looked ace congrats to you both on many years of marriage and running!
Big g- good times, I'd be proud of those.
don't be disheartened it was not faster than you've done before. 2 factors immediately stand out: a) you did it with the club before. Competition (even subconscious) spurs you on a lot more than running yourself. I know if you were with other people you'd be pushing that tiny bit extra to beat/keep up with whoever was in front of you! b) temperatures in March were likely a tad more optimal than the moment's heat.
Rachel - great stuff! Sounds like you both had a blast! comeback complete - well done.
Speedy stuff BigG! AliB is spot on .. when you did it with the club in March you will have naturally pushed a bit harder.
Well I ran my long run this evening as I'm away for the weekend. The temp was still 26 in the shade when I left at 7pm (was 28 at 5pm!) and when I got back just after 9pm it was still 22!
I ran 14.1 miles @ 9.02 avg pace and boy was it hard work - I am hoping the heat was to blame as it felt harder than it should!
Right - off for some shuteye... Up at 3.30am to catch plane to Gatwick!
Rachel - excellent stuff, good to see you back in action. By the way, did Mr Rachel let you win ??
Ali - how is the jury service going ? How many years did you send them down for ??
Ricky - could it be that you are running the longer runs too fast ? If you are following P&D and your MP is about 8:30 they say you should be running between 9:21 - 10:12 per mile on your longer runs. Of course it could just have been one of those days and the heat not helping either
Here are this weekends races:
July 14th – Dartford HM - Oirish
July 14th - Whirlow 12:12 trail race - Carter
carter- jury duty finished yesterday so I'm having a day off today before back at work tomorrow. About to head out for 15 miles or so in the lovely Aberdeen sun (don't worry all you English folks it isn't nearly as hot here- only about 19 degrees I thnk...)
Welll.... turns out the weather forecast lied, it was NOT 19 degrees out there, it was freaking boiling and the view of the sun from my window was a bit deceptive...much stronger than I had anticipated...Went out but knew straight away I wasn't going to do 15 miles in that kind of heat just past midday. So I decided to do 12 and gosh was it hard. 10 minute miles and to be honest I don't think I could have gone much faster.
Ran along the beach for most of my run and at the end stopped at the beach and had a dip in the sea to cool off. It was blissful.
Oh well. Happy I got a long run in if not as long as planned.
Good stuff Ali.
I went out at 3 with the intention of running 20. Like Ali, I found it really hard going especially as the first 8 miles or so were a gradual climb up into the peaks. I got to 12 miles and my knee started hurting. I hobbled to 15 miles and couldnt carry on anymore and ended up walking home. Some rest is in order methinks
You have to listen to your body carter. Better walking home than ending up physically and mentally depleted trying to run the whole way. At least we caught some sun today eh. Does lift the spirits, this weather.
Seems like the heat is making everyone tough out their long runs.
Rachel yes - yesterday's LR was Slightly fast however I ran the last 2 miles at 8.30 pace which lowered the average a bit.
30 deg forecast for tomorrow @ Goodwood! Factor 12 I fear may be futile....
Wow. Been busy the last few days with little time to do much so have not been on. Will read back tomorrow to catch up.
Well done Rachel for completing your comeback. You must be pleased.
Best of luck to all those who feel suicidal this weekend and go out racing.
I went out tonight with not much of a plan. Started off at reasonable pace over the first 2 miles, picked it up for the next 2, slowed a little for mile 5 and then realised that I could get a reasonable 10k time so I pushed and ran 6.25miles in total.
Conscious of the ankle all the way round but it is just there rather than painful which I know sounds strange.
Splits as folows :
8:20; 8:10: 7:46; 7:33; 7:57; 7:31; 1:52(7:14)
Average 7:51 min/mile.
49:09 for 10k.
Pleased with that.
With the tempratures supposed to be very high tomorrow I might have a rest day and go out again on Sunday (early).
Plan to enjoy the weather tomorrow. Little fella is at footie and I might just lay out on the sidelines and take in some rays.
Good morning all. Just to clarify I am not running a HM this weekend, logistically it would of been a nightmare getting there so scrapped the idea a few weeks back.
In all honesty I think a few more solid LSRs are in order for me now in my build up to Thames Meander Marathon, with 6 weeks to go I am concious of the need to spend time on my feet. The tempersture for today is around 30 but light rain tomorrow which suits me down to the ground for an 18 miler.
Everyone have a great weekend whatever you are upto. I look forward to the sunburn stories on Monday.
Parkrun 5k this morning and managed to chip off 29 seconds from my PB coming home in 21:08.
God alone knows where that came from!
Well done Oirish, I guess it was hot but not too hot at that time of the morning ?
Well done Oirish. I did Barnstaple parkrun this morning in 21.29 which is a PB for me at that distance, although I've never done Barnstaple before. I genuinely thought Barnstaple would be 20-30secs quicker than my 'home' parkrun of Killerton (Exeter) but my PB at Killerton from last week was just 3-secs slower. Barnstaple is a good event though and I'd do it again
Colchester has two bloody horrible hills in it but isn't taking place next week so I might try another local run, flatter preferrably and see how close to sub 21 I can get. I'll probably discover that I am better on hills than I am on the flat.
Carter - It was fairly warm, I was dripping when I finished and another hour and it would of been murder but I think it was just about right being warm enough to be nice and loose without combusting once I got going.
18 miles in the morning for me, I am getting up nice and early to get it done. there is a pub garden with my name on it and I'd hate to let it down.
Oirish - well done on yet another PB. You are putting a marker down for the rest of us.
Big G - good to see you back on here and going strong. The strong silent type .... A PB is a PB and every couple of secs on a parkrun counts.
I am thinking of doing my local parkrun next Saturday morning. I need to check the time but if it starts at 9am I think I can squeeze it in and be back home in time to take the little fella to footie.
I am guessing that most people took it easy today.
I am thinking of getting up early tomorrow and going for something greater than 6 miles. Do not want to rush the comeback but need to see if I can sustain something a little longer at a sensible 9 min miling. If it goes ok I might even consider starting my marathon training next week.
Of course I am expecting Oirish to have completed his long run well before I get up as I definitely do not do silly o'clock.
have never really been an early bird so failed miserably at getting up early. So as it is now way too hot I will go out later when it has cooled a little or at least when the sun is not so hot. Enjoy the weather all.
Well done on the PBs oirish and big G. Good times. Believe it or not through all my races and time running, I've never run a 5k.... Even a 10k feels a bit short and fast for me...but I would really love to try one soon. Wish I could do park runs but the perks of working in retail mean a Saturday off is not really much of a chance for me!
Carl- I am definitely not an early bird either. Always been a night owl. I will too go out later today, maybe around 5 or so for my run.
Have a lovely day all.
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