Sarah Osbourne with Minni
Andy, isnt my doing Colchester half enough to make u commit ?
Sarah - well done (again)! Great race reports. If that York uni student is running in October you can have your revenge
On the smaller vs larger field/crowd front I much prefer the smaller races. I like to drift off into a world of my own when I do my long runs (I am not a mentalist, I just like to daydream) and in London I couldn't do that because of the sheer noise.
I agree with Angela, it's so nice to be able to run your own race without feeling impeded. For the Welsh marathon it was also great to be able to chat to people on the way round. You can of course do this in the larger races but I find it harder - not sure why. Maybe because of the noise, maybe because you're all bunched up and constantly looking out for gaps or bottles and uneven ground.
Got a couple of sanity runs in this week. Left arch is moaning - think it may have all tightened up a bit after resting. Need to get my rubber ball out.
Right, back to the grindstone...
Well the Brentwood HM is the week before Colchester and I would normally do that, so I'm already looking to change my plans for you
I just prefer to sign up nearer the time so I can make sure as far as possible it's not going to clash with family stuff.
Andy, ok I understand your dilemma!! We better work on the others then!!
No run for me today, though i had plannwd to...alas. Today we went to a thanksgiving in southwark cathedral. My dad passed away just over a year ago and he donated his body to the London anatomy school. There was a service ttoday for all who donated in the last year. It was amazing! Over 300 people in the last year. Very uplifting and makes me think I better get those forms filled in!!
Where is everybody??
I did a parkrun pb yesterday-7th woman overall and first in my age category 24:19 so 18 seconds slower than my 5k pb, then we went for a 38 mile bike ride- it's amazing how long one can go for on a bike despite not much riding experience!! Did a lovely ride mainly in Suffolk exploring the parts we know as constable country.Now plan to run 5 miles today easy.
I have posted a couple of times but sit is weird on iPad at the moment I ran Thursday and could feel some real deep pains so I didn't race on Friday or papark funniest sitting at the airport having a cup of tea before going to kefalonia
I've been finding iPad odd lately too, with super weird autocorrect. Sorry about the pain in rue legs; hopefully your holiday will sort them out! Have a great time!
I did a 10k yesterday, my first competitive race since the VLM. As I mentioned before I wasn't really expecting to beat my PB (43:28) as it's been taking a while to recover from the VLM, and I also had a few glasses of wine on Saturday night which never helps. I also didn't help myself by going off way too fast at the start - I did the first 1k in 3:54 (albeit some of it was downhill), and the second in 4:17 despite a long uphill section. I then eased up a bit but by the time I got to 5-6k I was finding it hard - my legs were OK but my lungs were struggling. It didn't help that much of the race was off-road, which I always find harder than running on the road.
My time gradually slipped back and at one point it looked as though I might not get under 45min, which was my absolute minimum goal, but I started to feel a bit better around the 8k mark and once I was back on the road I managed to pick the pace up again and was actually running quite strongly over the last 1k. I finished in 44:07 which was respectable enough in the circumstances and I was in 27th place out of 263 overall. So in principle I think I should be happy enough with that, but I may have done better if I'd been more sensible at the start.
Andy isn't this the dilemma though...we just never know!
Ive a 10k in June and I'd like to get 45 again, very possible if the wind is in the right direction On that particular course.
Nice Andy, that's a great result! Yesterday was a really popular day for 10ks- which did u do?
ive got the Bupa 10000 next Monday. I thought my legs were doing really well after my marathon, but after Parkrun and 38 mile bike ride on Saturday, my recovery run on Sunday was like running thru treacle. I started to feel sick overnight so I think that might be part of it too. My hr was very high for such a slow pace...
Hi all, sorry I havent been on here all weekend. Went to wales for the weekend and didnt really have much of a signal/internet connection out there.
Had a fantastic weekend, im so impressed with wales. It has such gorgeous scenery and the weather was perfect.
I managed a 14.5 mile LSR on friday before we left, then walked up snowdon on saturday. Yesterday I just ran 5.5 miles on the beach (which I think is my most favourite training run this year...or maybe even since I started running 2.5 years ago).
Snowdon was amazing, although there was far more climbing than I thought there would be, and the low clouds meant we didnt really see much after half way.
Drove back today and had a rest day from running/walking!
Angela congratulations on your park run and on being 1st in your category . I use to attend those services every year when I was at med school to say thankyou to those people that donated their body to the university. Its a nice way to show our respect.
Thats reassuring that biking outdoors is easier than on the stationary bike, although I do tend to just leave my bike in one gear when im cycling outside.
Andy congrats on your race yesterday, it sounds like it was tough race with the hills but you still finished strong. I always find it difficult with 10ks as its a fine line between going off too fast and running at your full potential without dying at the end.
Hi Malcs glad that you managed to escape and get some runs in over the weekend. I have to say im quite looking forward to running York marathon which will be much quieter than London.
Hope you have a fantastic and well deserved holiday Mr P.
Dotty how is the weather looking on sunday? Hope your hip settles down in time for Sunday. I love speed training, I get such a buzz from doing it. I would say make your sessions varied so you dont get bored eg one week do km repeats, then another week mile repeats.
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