For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
A modest 50 miles!!!! I did 30 miles last week and that was my highest since March and only my third week over 20 since then.
9.25 miles round Windsor Great Park this morning. It was lovely for the first mile then the clouds cleared and it got way too hot. Ended up averaging 8:27 per mile but even that was almost too much.
Phew - it's suddenly got pretty warm down here - 29 degrees forecast.
Fortunately I got my exercise in early - just under an hour on the bike first thing and then joining younger Lorenzito for a "light" bit of hill work with the club.
Staying down on the Hampshire coast tonight so could well be a run along the beach tomorrow morning.
Firstly - big congrats to Speedy - not many achieve County Champion status, and I can vouch that it was hard-earned! (Didn't realise you won a stuffed animal as well as the rather splendid shield). I hung around for the presentation - I have a feeling it was my fault you missed the 4th place presentation as I assumed incorrectly where the awards were given. If so, please accept my apologies!
Well, Speedy has accurately described the course and weather, but I'm not sure they can be entirely blamed for my big PW. Like her, sweat was rolling down my face on the start line after 10 mins gentle jogging with strides to warm up. Nice first mile in 6:39, then settled in, only to meet first hill - mile 3 was 7:36. Mile 4 - 6:48, so a most uneven first 4 miles, both gradients and my running. 5 miles came up in 35:25. Just got my head down, but mile 8 was another hill (7:53 for this) and I can see why Speedy says she was struggling by 9 mile point. Reached 10 in 72:26, so second 5 was 37:01, then just a war of attrition to the end. The major part of mile 13 was uphill thru a housing estate and just seemed to go on forever (7:47). It was a relief to turn into the park and head for the track to finish in 1:35:51 (my watch). A PW by well over 4 mins. I had a big mental battle with myself in the last few miles - "this is too hard", "I'm not doing Nottingham", this is my last race" etc etc. I'll try and post a reasoned analysis of where I'm at in a while, but the day belongs to Speedy - County Champ -
btw, you must defend your title successfully, then CC2 will indeed be an approprite moniker !!
Wow Speedy - fab stuff. As I was reading through I was thinking that the wheels were about to come off, but you dug in there and another trophy can't be bad. And the dosh is the icing on the cake. A big well done from down here.
Keir - you can't complain about that, assuming it was as hot in Kent as it was in Surrey. Enjoy the pool!!
speedy well done on a tough day and a great result, £75.00 trainers perhaps?
Birch fingers crossed for you on your race result and time, well done to you too Sir...
Keir sounds like a tough course for the sub 63 attempt and a very warm day, still a very quick time when not 100%
no races for me at the moment but a very hard 17miles in the heat today, lookin forward to a beer ...
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