Sub 25 - and beyond!

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18/11/2012 at 17:33

Have just checked the parkrun results table and it has me down for 28:10 which means 57 seconds faster than 3 weeks ago.  Aiming for sub 25 again because I was 25:21 this time last year. Haven't dipped below 25 since 2008. 4 years older at my time of life makes a big difference but I will do it!

18/11/2012 at 18:36

Well done Becky. If you managed 25.21 just last year you should be able to go sub 25 again with the right training and providing you stay injury free. I'm sure you're daughter will be able to advise you on what sort of training you should be doing.

I warmed up for my 10K race today with a parkrun yesterday which is probably not the best preparation. Time was 21.32 which is about 30 secs off my parkrun PB but was very muddy and hard work on the grass sections.

Todays 10k race was much better as was 4 laps on the path of a local park with just a short 100m ish section on grass.  Quite pleased with my time of 44.04 which is my best 10K time for a long while.

Doing another 5K race in London (Hyde Park) in a couple of weeks. Hoping to beat my September time of 20.52.  Have a chance as again all on the the paths around Hyde Park with no slippery muddy grass to worry about. 

19/11/2012 at 10:39

Daz's Preston 10M Race Report
perfect race weather: cool, sunny, no wind
plan was sub-1:20, so aiming for 7:55ish miles which should start off feeling easy but require increasing effort...
7:36 - oops!
8:19 (slight amount of uphill)
7:59 for 39:53 at halfway
8:14 (oh deary me, couple of dodgy miles, 21 secs over, need a couple of 7:50's to finish, and it's that blasted "uphill" mile coming  )
8:06 (not bad, but need to finish in 7:30ish  )
7:32 - held this last mile together remarkably well - this "training" lark really works! - looked down at my watch just after crossing the chip mat (had started it as I crossed the mat at the start) to see 1:20:01 so anxious wat til official results went up... paged nervously down the results... past 1:20 gun time... there's my name... 1:20:14... chip time... 1:19:59

19/11/2012 at 13:48

Well done Daz. That last inspirational mile fixed it for you!

20/11/2012 at 11:42

Thanks Becky, although I really wish I hadn't had to go that fast on the last mile! would've been better to push miles 7 & 8 a bit more to avoid any need for last minute panic stations
even so, it's still one of the best paced races I've ever run - although I guess we all yearn for that "Perfect Race" don't we...?


06/12/2012 at 11:11

Hows it going in here? Missed running this year, working hard rehabbing my achilles (turned out it wasnt just my calf) and hoping to be back in the new year to running normally then maybe a race by summer.

11/12/2012 at 15:31

Hi Akie! glad to hear you are working your way back - hope it goes well...

I'm not planning much in the way of speedy interval/5k-type stuff

my next flat exploit will be Wrexham Village Bakery Half Mara in February - it would be cool if I could extend my recent 10M 8min/Miling to achieve a sub-1:45 Half

I "jogged" the last 2M of today's lunchtime run at 8:35 pace, so looking promising already


13/12/2012 at 10:58

Hows the fell/hill running being going this year Daz? I'm no longer a member at Wilmslow RC as I've not been running and its a bit far from me in Manchester now so not even been to any of their races this year.

Hope to do a parkrun in the new year

13/12/2012 at 11:55

It's been quantity over quality this year, with about 30 fell/trail events
been a bit slow/overweight recently, but have big plans for 2013:
Sub-1:45 Half Mara
Bob Graham
Lakeland Classics Fell Race series completion
UK Ultra Champs series completion
so keeping busy...


13/12/2012 at 15:47

I've heard about the Bob Graham and what a huge undertaking that is, you'll have to keep me informed as to how your preparations go for that!!

30/12/2012 at 00:28

stopped raining with about 90mins daylight left today, so popped out for a few sneaky tempo miles
aiming for about 8min/M:
surprisingly good considering I've not done any of these for about 6 weeks


15/01/2013 at 16:45

4M "race-pace-practice" along canal towpath at lunchtime:
7:50, 7:55, 8:05, 7:45
not bad following one of my best ever fell-race performances on Sunday

looking good for a sub-1:45 Half-m@r@ next month...


Edited: 15/01/2013 at 16:46
24/01/2013 at 10:38

four more yesterday: 7:40, 8:00, 8:00, 7:50 - seem to be getting the hang of it, although need to do a couple of longer (8-10-12M) such sessions before race day...

08/02/2013 at 00:16

4x2M last night:
7:50,7:55; 7:55,8:00; 8:00,8:00; 8:20,8:15
last couple bit of a concern - felt strong, but obviously speed fell away slightly
one last training run on Saturday, then an 8 day taper...


20/06/2013 at 16:38

I am having a bit of a re-think re speed-training at the 5k bracket we're talking about here (20-25 mins)...
bear with...

I've done literally NO speed-work (intervals of 1k or less) of any description for about the last 7 months
I've done a couple of half-hearted speed sessions recently and they've been surprisingly good (I thought it would take me several weeks to work my way back to anything close to PB form)
this culminated today in my running a 400m rep which was only 2 secs slower than the PB I set 4 years ago! I didn't even feel like I was trying that hard

what I HAVE been doing is a LOT of long, slow, hilly miles

I really feel like I could set 1M, 5k, 10k PB's with very little further training... this space...


10/07/2013 at 11:59

did a 5k race last Thursday (Sale Sizzler) and clocked 22:39

that's a bit slower than my PB (21:51) but about 2 mins quicker than the last parkruns I did back in November

it was nicely paced too - no struggling/tailing off towards the end

so I'm now getting giddy and targeting a local evening flat road 5k (Capenhurst) on 21st August for a serious PB attempt...


12/07/2013 at 20:48

Hi Daz, you seem to be keeping this thread going on your own! Good luck with your 5k road race. Would be great if you could get a PB.


Haven't posted here since the end of last year and since then I managed a parkrun PB in May of 20.36 (Nonsuch Park) and went a little quicker still (20.29) on a flat road race.

Have been struggling recently due to the warmer weather. Did the Standard Chartered City 5K road race yesterday and managed to got through 2 miles in 12.57 but badly ran out of steam in the last mile or so and ended up doing 21.28. In warm/hot weather my endurance falls apart.

12/07/2013 at 23:38

I also did that race yesterday Geoff. Went off abit too fast, doing the first mile in 6.17, but managed a new PB of 20:46. Like Daz I have done very little speed work, just upped my weekly mileage doing mostly longer, easy runs.

09/02/2014 at 13:59

Been nearly two years since I trained properly, lots of physio and strengthening of my calves as well as around my fractured right hip means Im hoping to ease myself back in from next month. Very much a wait and see approach but hoping I can finally get back into the swing of things 

09/02/2014 at 19:29

Good luck with the training Sprint.  

Sine I last posted on this thread last summer, I had a good autumn which peaked in November when I set a parkrun PB of 20.19.  Things went downhill somewhat in December/January which was mostly my fault as my weekly mileage dropped somewhat due to the vile weather.

Have recently got back to doing the sort of stuff that worked well for me a few months back (regular speedwork & long runs) and managed a 20.43 parkrun recently.  Doing a 10K race next Sunday so will be interesting to see how that goes.

Hi to all the regular posters on this thread (Daz etc) from the post.  Hope you all have a good year, plenty of PB's and few injuries.


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