Stevie, you're right, half marathons are tough work. It's bizarre how different to 10milers they are.
For instance, 2x10miler over 2 weekends last Autumn, no problem. 2 halfs over 5 weeks this spring, vetoed. And I'm glad now, as I find once you've smashed one, you lose the impetus to want to go and do that again for a long old time.
I did the Wycombe half 5 years in a row 02-06, missed a year, and then from 08 a new 10k had been created. I'm so glad, as I feel duty bound to race what is such a local race, but a hilly, potentially hot half where you won't get close to your pb doesn't feel a great idea these days!There is still a nag about doing it though, Marlow half too. but that one would be an even sillier choice. Super tough course, usually nasty conditions, and right in the XC series. Besides, I strangely love marshalling it!
Up at 5.55 today! Shocker.
You've got to get used to doing a 5k on no breakfast SG! 5.55 am starts are gonna hurt on a Saturday!
It's odd with halves, recovery wise. There can sometimes be no rhyme or reason as to how it affects you. This year's Wokingham seemed to have quite a long lasting effect, but two years ago I ran my 20M pb just a week later, last year after Paddock's Wood my diary shows a big week with some fast running straight after and I've done 5k races 2 days after Wycombe in the past! Marlow on the other hand always leaves me messed up for a while afterwards!
16:53, for a 17second pb today.
Feels quite odd though, as without ruining Johnas' report, he utterly smashed me today! Phenomenal race from the fella.
However, pleased to lay that down before too much specific 5k stuff, as it showed me my pacing was a bit dodgy.
Mile splits of 5.14, 5.29,5.34, 35secs doesn't even tell the full story.
The first half a mile was simply too fast, and Johnas reckons I was clocking sub 5 pace .
When you do that, you fall away a bit. So hopefully if that gets sorted, there'll be more to come off over the next few months.=
3rd pb in 2013, matches 2012's tally already!
Good little vibe to the race, good course, and nice catchup with Johnas after, once he'd done some more tempo mile reps
i see i'm in the results as Marlow....I best sort that out before someone from them gets uppity
Nice one SG - cracked the sub 17! Mad first mile though
congrats Stevie - another significant hurdle cleared. Yes that 1st mile looks a little enthusiastic to say the least. Sort that out and i think you will carve more time off with ease.
Good run there SG, congrats on the PB. Next target is sub 16
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I ran King's Lynn parkrun and got 18:53 on the Garmin (so almost a minute down on my parkrun PB of 17:55 at Bushy). Aim was to be closer to 19 than to 20 so sub 19 was a bonus. I need to understand why King's Lynn parkrun is 5knad (near as damn) and not 5k as it is super flat and tarmac paths all the way so if it were 5k it would be a super fast one. Garmin says 2m gain. Run was exactly what the doctor ordered: a few runners out front and then a guy joined me and we took turns pushing and chasing down the runner in front. We caught him at 2.5 laps in and I took the lead of the group briefly but soon the cardio-vascular system said enough is enough so I had to drop back a few metres but was kept honest by another fast finishing runner.
Miles were 6:06, 6:20 and 6:10 so better pacing than normal.
Dinner at my old college definitely helped:
SalmonDuckCrème brûléeGangeneuve Sauvignon Blanc 2010Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2006Château du Juge 2008Blandy's Duke of Clarence MaderiaDow's LBV 2005
Need to make this my regular pre-race preparation
Well done SG. Sub 17 minutes always notable.
I've got a 10k in Dulwich Park (and surrounding roads) in May.
Phil, after that dinner I'm surprised you could stand let alone race (sorry, run).
Unfortunately the PC brigade has stomped on the cigars. I wouldn't have one even if there were offered, but there were two really nice, but empty, humidors from days gone by. The guy sitting next to me was called Twink and he specialises in ovarian and placental functions during pregnancy in the horse, the African elephant and the giraffe: good dinner time subjects.
Way hey! What a morning!! Who could've thought all this parkrunning could be so exciting!?
A PB at a parkrun SG, looks like you can have your cake and eat it after all! That time will only get quicker once you get some 5K specific work in and don't sprint the first mile!
Johnas, also a top result! Looks like all that winter marathon grind had paid off. Show that marathon training can be beneficial if you keep tabs on the speed work also.
Sub 17 fellas, seriously quick stuff!
Was pushed for time so my 4 miler tempo got changed to a 2 (or 12 mins). The warm up was a bit leggy and the first mile was hard... the 2nd was harder! Felt like all out race pace! Did 5:56 and 5:52. I was totally exhausted once I stopped. Just in case I was getting ahead of myself for Trafford this was a stark reminder to keep my feet on the ground! Off out for an easy 7 later.
Good luck to Dean at the High Legh 10K tomorrow!
I can certainly learn from that performance Johnas as can be seen from you increasing the pace in mile 3 rather than my drop off! You also used the guy who won for a race, whereas I was watching things happen in front!
I did have a look at the chaps in 1st and 3rd on power of 10. The guy in 3rd was doing 15;xx and 31:xx 5 and 10ks not too long ago, and looks to be finding his way back in, whereas the guy who won, quite bizarrely did a half marathon in the exact same time I did at Wokingham...to the second! However, that's a harder course, as well you know Johnas!
I'll try to reign the first mile in next time, and probably that'll come out faster overall. I doubt in the 16.33 league, but then again, the WAVA of my HM pb gives 16.35 for a 5k...for some food for thought!
Stevie, 2miles at tempo pace sounds a better bet to me...perhaps on another day just with a 90sec break, then 2miles again. I wouldn't fancy 4miles on the spin!
Good luck tomorrow Deano, lost track abit with your fastitude...sub 33 job is it?
What does everyone do long run wise in a taper week? I thinking of a 12 instead of the usual 16-18. That sound about right?
Stevie, it does, but then over 2hours for a long run seems unnecessary unless you're marathon training anyway.
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