Sunday 24th May 2009

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24/05/2009 at 20:09

Greetings all,


Well done to SD and DD looking forwards to the reports
Well done too Michael G at Wokingham

Take care

24/05/2009 at 20:49
Yahoo Comrades! Enjoyed the pics, looking forward to reports.

Think there are probably more than one Trumpington..

24/05/2009 at 20:50

Hilly - nice to see you.

Gobi - take care.

Tipp Top - looking good.

Stickless - well done to your Mum - hope you didn't hurt yourself too much - great post.

Mava - sounds like you are having a wonderful running holiday.

Michael G - congrats on 2nd V45 & 1.20 - great run.

Sharkie - fab - love it - can feel how happy you were.

Dubai Dave and Slow Duck - great stuff boys, look forward to your reports.

Clink - pretty good 5k considering all your injuries - think I might have to have a go at this water running.

Trini - great pics.

RFJ - another good 5k.

What: Saturday - Pakuranga xcountry - 6497m - now that's pretty precise isn't it! You'd think they'd just call it 6.5 ks.  Haven't been able to do much training as my heel has been so sore, but thought because it was on the grass, thought I'd give it a go.

Three laps - fine for the first one - really hanging on for the last one. First W55+ not in sight!! I finish second W55+ and win another sports shop voucher - I've now got $45 worth.

Now with our club it is all about the home-made baking and bringing a thermos along for the tea or coffee. Got up early, made some scones - didn't turn out very well. Went to see gdaughter play netball, back to put some jam and cream on scones - arrive at the venue, enter, help put up the tent, do a little warm up, think why am I doing this?

Sunday - very easy run/walk 6 miles flat with husband - heel still sore.

24/05/2009 at 21:30

By the way, could those of you who race regularly give me some idea of how much it is actually supposed to hurt? I am thinking back to my only previous adult race (some years ago), and on cold nights I can still feel the pain!

On the one hand, I wonder if I overdid it because I felt tired for a couple of days afterwards and my legs were sore for a good couple of days (not used to racing probably).  On the other hand, it was a 5k road race that finished with a lap of the track , and even though I felt like I was pretty much going to die for most of the 2nd half of the race, I actually managed to sprint most the track lap and pass a couple of people.

My other memory is that it hurt so much that for the most of the race I was fairly confident I was going come in at world record pace. Imagine my suprise when I was clocked at a very average 18:46.  Perhaps the fact that there were so many people in front of me should have given me some clue that I wasn't going to break 13 minutes!! Ha ha.

Still, I hear stories about Paula Radcliffe deliberately rolling her eyeballs back into her head to try and block out the pain, so perhaps it really is supposed to hurt that much! Otherwise I guess it means you could have gone faster.!

24/05/2009 at 21:58
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24/05/2009 at 22:44
AB: in terms of racing, I don't think you can overdo it. Some might say that if you can walk at the end you haven't run hard enough! Or is it, if you haven't thrown up...
The important thing is that when you get up for the next couple of days you know you have raced, and you also know that you couldn't have raced any harder.

24/05/2009 at 22:56
AB - Yes agree with alehouse also something i discovered recently you are racing along and you think you are going at full throttle, it is hurting you wish it was over you are feeing sick.

BUT you can push it further and step up another gear.
24/05/2009 at 23:13
So If I feel like I'm going to die any minute and that I couldn't possibly take another step, it's not because I'm out of my depth, it's because I'm doing it right? Good to know.......
25/05/2009 at 00:41
Your time looks pretty healthy to me Andy but not sure it is supposed to hurt that much
25/05/2009 at 00:46
AB- generally when I've been with people watching races they note that the elite runners are barely ticking over and quite comfortable whilst the slower runners are often really working hard and struggling. Personally I know that racing-wise it never really seems to hit me till well after halfway and quite a few of my best races I've felt like I was jogging till halfway. Difference is in then being able to really lower the hammer on the second half.

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