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Sarah Osbourne with Minni

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03/02/2013 at 18:55

Training Diary for forum 6 sub 3:30 (VLM) 

Week 5, (Day 34) Aim; 6 mile XC race (with a 2m w/u and 1 mile c/d)


Me and my friend got to the race a little late so I only managed a 0.5 mile w/u

The XC race was actually quite exciting and fun in the end...but more so once I had finished and could reflect back on the 6 miles.

The race started down a short path before it turned left in to a muddy field. I was hoping to start with my friend and use her to pace myself, however soon as the gum went , I seemed to loose her as a few men and women got in my way. I still dont understand why slower runners go up near the front at the start of a race.

As I entered the first muddy field I spotted her and focused on catching her up. The sludge in the fields was horendous. Each time I put my foot down it was swallowed up by a puddle of mud and water and felt as though it was trying to steal my shoe as I tried to take off.

I ran from field to field, climbing styles and ducking under electric fences. I have to admit at the point I was wondering why I had decided to do this race. I had a sneaky peak at my watch at this point and was disappointed to see that it was only at 1.51 miles.

I decided to concentrate on my friend in front who I was closing in and just pretend it was a training run that we had gone on.

We left the fields and then entered a woods. This wasnt much better....the paths were sludgy, and there were hurdles made up of streams to jump and step stone across and falled tree trucks to jump over. At the point I was 4th lady, and my friend in 2nd place, only seperated by another lady who appeared to be struggling on the hills.

Just as we left the woods and entered another field I past her. This gave me some confidence as I realised that it wasnt just me struggling in the deep mud and strong winds.

On leaving this field I was blessed with a short stretch of road, it felt like I was on a track, a had a spring to my step, my feet felt light and I ended up passing my friend and the first lady.

Unfortuantley this road didnt last long, after climibing over another style we ended up in another field which was up hill and straight into the wind. The lady who was first originally came pushing past me and I let her so that I could use her as a slight wind breaker. At the top of the field and hill I managed to over take her and was hoping that she had burnt out a little.  This was at mile 4.

The next mile was down a dirt track so slightly less muddy and slightly down hill. I felt like I was flying down there. At the bottom there was a huge puddle..I though I had seen the men infront run through it and it was about up to their ankles, however as I ploughed through it, it came up to my knees and had bits of ice in it.

After this the final mile was retracing out path down the 4 fields that we had run through which were seperated by styles and electric fences and patches which were muddier than before.

I got to the last field before the last stretch up the concrete path to the finish when that lady over took me again. I tried my best to catch her on the final stretch but I just couldnt.

I ended up coming 2nd lady 11 seconds behind the first lady (although it felt more like 5 secs) and 20 secs infront of my friend.

By the end of the race, I had enjoyed myself, it was fun getting covered in mud and the race between us ladys was quite exciting. Im really happy with my position and pace, considering the 20 miles I had run on friday. I think even if I hadnt run on friday I would have still been happy with them. I was also told later that the lady who had beat me mainly runs fell runs for the hallamshire harriers (a good RC i

03/02/2013 at 19:01

in sheffield.

My average pace was 8:25 min/mls for 6 miles

My total milage for this week; 43.5

03/02/2013 at 19:07

For week 6

Originally I was going to have netball training on monday and a netball match on Thursday. But due to me being in sheffield on wednesday and thursday I have managed to find someone to play instead of me on Thursday night.

I have decided not to go to training tomorrow as I have only just got back to York after being in sheffield since wednesday and will only get to spend three evenings here before I have to head back down there again. I play netball 30 minutes drive away and dont tend to get home until half 9-10, this together with the fact that I will have a lot of catching up to do at work tomorrow so will probably find it difficult to leave by 7pm means that im going to give netball training a miss tomorrow but will replace this with a run instead. Im just waiting for Minni to get back to me to see what she thinks I should do next week

03/02/2013 at 19:13

My muddy feet and legs....just glad that I wore tracksters!

03/02/2013 at 20:40
Well done Sarah, good effort!

My race went well too, but I wasn't second man!

I got there early in case it filled up, it was a miserable drizzly morning and the race hq was in a leisure centre that could have been a detention centre. The timing chips were ankle tags, very appropriate. The atmosphere was great though, Very efficient organisation and a friendly bunch of runners. Because I was so early I got in good warm up and was feeling confident at the start

My splits were according to the garmin

Plus about 30 seconds, so I don't know whether to average that across each mile or whether the garmin was inaccurate on a particular mile or what.

Overall I was very pleased, I was comfortable until the last half mile when I had to work a bit, I was only overtaken by one bloke, and I'd passed him in the finishing straight but he came back. Certainly didn't feel yesterday's ten miles. I didn't hang about, it was cold and drizzly and I knew I'd suffer if I didn't get warm so I got changed and came home after a cup of tea.

I think that time would be indicative of around 3.39 so still being conservative about London but it was overall a very good weekend running wise
03/02/2013 at 20:50

Hey Sarah - sorry I haven't posted on here for a bit but have been following and you and Minni seem to be doing a great job. Well done on second lady

Just try a bit harder next time and you may win!

I agree about people starting in the wrong place. I would say that with the way you are running you will always be one of the first ladies so you need to believe that and get there early and in a good place. Keep up the good work!

03/02/2013 at 21:23

Well done on the race - sounds like seriously tough conditions but a huge amount of fun at the same time! I used to do a lot of cross-country racing when I was school and it was always a bit of an adventure - it's a totally different experience to road or track running and it seems to leave a bigger smile on your face at the end, doesn't it?

sarah osborne wrote (see)

The lady who was first originally came pushing past me and I let her so that I could use her as a slight wind breaker.

Haha love your tactics I'm going to remember that next time I'm in a windy race!

03/02/2013 at 22:20

Great race and to come 2nd lady off the back of a 20 miler is very impressive indeed. Hopefully it won't be too difficult to get those trainers cleaned up!  It must be very encouraging to be running 20 milers so early in your training plan. How many 20 milers are you hoping to fit in before race day?

03/02/2013 at 22:49
Sarah - very well done today. What a result! You are absolutely flying and the extra miles seem to be doing you good!

Sarah will update but although she's due a cutback week we feel that this should be done the week after next as a mini taper for the HM. I've recommended a session that I did this week for her Tuesday night speed session - 1400m intervals at 10k pace. A bit of an odd distance but they worked for me.

Sarah you asked about the benefits of training on hilly routes. I really don't have a choice because of where I live but I do have a 14m loop that is more or less flat with only one real hill and I use this for my MP runs.
Edited: 03/02/2013 at 22:50
03/02/2013 at 23:49
Haha, Mr P, you made your race sound quite fun with the ankle tags! Luckily it was dry for me (except when I was knee deep in that puddle). It sounds like you had a good run, and having to work in the last bit just shows that you gave it your all which is good. When they work out your predicted times, according to a recent race time, should that be when youve tapered for a race rather than doing a long ish training run the day before? Im still staying positive that you will achieve your goals.

Hi DS2, hows your running going? I met a very nice mechanic on saturday who came to my rescue after a pot hole snapped my suspension spring in half so it was pointing towards my tyre...I was told that my car was unroadworthy and dangerous. He offered to repair it on Monday but as I was in sheffield and needed to be in York tonight he kindly repaired it on saturday instead.

Hi Steve....Ive got to admit I loved the race more afterwards than during it and enjoyed it more knowing that we were travelling back in my friends car and I was going back to my parents to shower!! I do love mud....although its been pointed out that there may have been some cowpats amongst all the mud too! Glad to hear that your fighting fit again and running well.

Evening Ady, thankyou....I wore my trail shoes and left them at my parents in the garage to dry hoping by the time I go back down on wednesday they are at least dry and possibly cleaner (little hint to my mum if she gets bored). Before I started my training for London I knew that my weakness was endurance so its very encouraging that ive done two 18 and a 20 miler now. I do have a couple of quieter weeks coming up with Barcelona half two weeks today and Belvoir challenge (15) three weeks as yesterday before I step it back up again. Originally I would have still been on my first 18 miler if it hadnt been for the brass monkey being cancelled. Your training looks to becoming along great....cant wait to practice the jelly baby carbo loading recommended by Ruth!

Hi Minni, thankyou, it was nice to be in a race...its been a while now with missing brass monkey. Do you have a race coming up any time soon? I do like hills...where you live sounds so pretty and picturesque.
03/02/2013 at 23:56
My schedule for week six;

Monday; resistance training + 3 mile recovery run

Tuesday; 8 miles which includes a 2-3m w/u, 5 x 1400m (0.85 mile) reps @ 10 k pace (6.55-7.00 min/ml) with 90 secs recoveries + c/d

wednesday; Rest day (running clubs AGM in Maltby)

Thursday; Rest day

Friday; 20 miles outdoors, steady

Saturday; Rest or 3 mile recovery run

Sunday; 10 miles; made up of 4 miles easy, 4 miles @ MP, 2 miles easy

Total Mileage; 41-44 miles
04/02/2013 at 12:58

Puffy - sorry I completely missed your post last night.  Well done!  Getting progressively faster in a race is something I can only dream of.   Really good that you didn't feel the 10 miles either.  Looking good.

04/02/2013 at 23:00

Training Diary for forum 6 sub 3:30 (VLM)
Week 6, (Day 35) Aim; resistance training and recovery run

Netball training actually ended up getting cancelled so I didnt end up feeling guilty about not going.

I spent 45 minutes doing resistance training today followed by an easy 30 minutes on the treadmil.

For my first mile I increased my pace from 11 min/mls to 9:13 min/mls

The second two miles was ran at 9:13 min/mls

The last .2 of a miles was between 9:13 and 12 min/mls

Total miles 3.2

I felt extremly comfortable throughout....and only had to blow my nose twice (I always have a bad case of the runners nose, it gets worse the more effort I put in)

Edited: 04/02/2013 at 23:01
05/02/2013 at 22:31
Thanks Minni it was a very good weekend.

How did you get on today Sarah? I did a short tempo run, it was really windy here, but I was pleased to get out, I've been looking forward to it all day. Tomorrow is nine miles steady so I'll do a couple of laps of the village before repeating last week's run.
05/02/2013 at 23:02

Well done on your race Sarah!! Sounds as though you had a good run and a fab report too!! Felt like I was running it with you!! (Although I wouldn't have been able to keep up of course!!)

Was thinking today wish we lived a bit closer - would be fab to have a training partner going for same time marathon as me so we'd have some company on long runs!!

05/02/2013 at 23:03
Good evening Mr P, I managed my reps but I have to admit I found it more difficult than the ones that I did last week. I cheated and did mine on the treadmill, although I do love doing my speed training on a treadmill as its easy to judge what you are doing and when which I find more difficult to do outdoors...unless on a track. Did you have much snow?

Always a good signs when your looking forward to getting out, did you have a rest day yesterday? Hope you have a good 9 miler tomorrow. What pace are you hoping to go at for a steady run?
Edited: 05/02/2013 at 23:04
05/02/2013 at 23:09
Hi Sarah, the way your running, im sure you wont have any problems keeping up. Your running looks to be going great despite the little hiccup with your back. I havent had chance to go on your thread since the weekend but im hoping to catch up later this week.

That would have been lovely if we could run together. Its so difficult to find people to train at your own pace, or even train with you when your doing a crazy number of miles.

Just been looking at the website for TR24 again today, it looks so exciting, I cant wait to do it already.....although im not sure I would be looking forward to it as much if I was having to run for the full 24 hours...your mad, but your also an inspiration. Are you going to do it for charity?
05/02/2013 at 23:24
Training Diary for forum 6 sub 3:30 (VLM)

Week 6, (Day 36) Aim; Speed training. Roughly 7.5 miles including a w/u, c/d and 5 x 0.85 miles reps @10k pace with 90 sec recoveries.

After doing my 45 minute resistance training circuit I then went on to the TM to do my speed training.

This consisted of;
a 2 mile w/u starting at 10:36 min/mls and ending at 8:20 min/mls
5 x 0.85 miles at 6:53 min/mls with 90 sec recovery @ 8:20 min/mls
0.71 mile c/u starting at 8:20 min/ml and ending at 9:05 min/ml

I found these reps more difficult than those last week...this could be for a number of reasons such as longer reps and shorter recovery, or maybe it was the homemade fruit cake that someone brought into work which I just couldnt resist...I think it may have weighed me down a little and the brandy did repeat on me a couple of time....however despite me finding these a little tough, I also found them extremely satisfying.....I certainly left the gym with a smile on my face.......No pain....No gain.

I cant believe that I now have two days off running....I will be raring to go by friday!!
Edited: 05/02/2013 at 23:30
06/02/2013 at 17:32
Training Diary for Forum 6 sub 3:30 (VLM)

Week 6 (day 37) Aim; rest day

With the exception of about a 20 minute speed walk today I have completely rested my legs.

I spent all morning in clinic, then had a quick dash to the hospital to complete some forms before driving down to sheffield before rush hour to go to my RC AGM.

Tomorrow I have another rest day planned due to being on a course in sheffield, followed by a trip to meadowhall (which I promised my mum), followed by a journey back up to York
06/02/2013 at 19:33
Hope you're enjoying a couple of rest days Sarah, you sure deserve it! Sorry that was a harder session last night but you still did it really well and survived! The training benefits will be big.

I ran my intervals tonight (4 x 1.5m) and imagined I was you - gliding along effortlessly. I think it helped!
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