The Middle Ground

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14/05/2010 at 08:18

Beach party! Wow to be a student again...

Turned yesterday into a bottle of wine rest day (having a really shitty week at work!) so will be slightly down on mileage this week as cant make it up today as coaching it to Leeds...

However, on good news got my number for the Penny Lane Striders 10k - number 7 - now that is a good number

Which got me wondering if others got the same buzz from a good number allocation that I do?

14/05/2010 at 08:35
The first time I ever ran a sub 34 10k I had been allocated number 1 (for no other reason than I'd entered very early).  Good vibes...
14/05/2010 at 08:44

Wow that IS a good number

PRF got the dull 103, so not sure how I ended up with 7 (with a purple stripe through it too)...must be some end of number/start of new ones I guess!

14/05/2010 at 08:47
Curly45 wrote (see)

Beach party! Wow to be a student again...

'twas good fun, really cold though.

I got number 69 in a 10k last year. Given how immature I am sometimes, I giggled at it. 

14/05/2010 at 08:51
I finished in the 69 position in the Pennine 10K last year..... its not often you can claim to have done that in public!
14/05/2010 at 08:55

Lol PRF.

I had no.1 for the Longleat 10k.  Was a bit embarrassed though as everyone kept looking at me and I thought they expected me to be really fast, which I wasn't!

14/05/2010 at 09:28
Talking of numbers - I think race organisers should automatically provide a free entry for any past male and female winners of their race.  Nice gesture and provides continuity and tradition.  Discuss.
14/05/2010 at 09:37
Hmmm interesting thought - my argument is not becuase if you taken money out of the race one year by winning the prize then you can put back in next year with your fees
14/05/2010 at 09:40
I say  yes - in fact I see that parkrun have already adopted the practise.... all past winners get free entry!
14/05/2010 at 09:50

In the spirit of sharing, the previous year's winners should not be allowed to compete at all!    But of course they should attend to present the prizes.

I'm definitely of the opinion that free entry should be (quietly) provided to the last finishers in each section, providing them with a goal for the next year, and with that possibly a prize offered for most improvement?

14/05/2010 at 09:51

These days you're more likely to get a free entry the following year for wearing the daftest costume.

"We don't care about the fast guy coming back, but that inflatable penis was brilliant"

14/05/2010 at 09:53

Ratzer,

The Spencer Arms Series in Barnsley has a large element of its point scoring based on improvement.

Its probably hard to believe but there are actually scoundrels who manipulate such things to their advantage!

14/05/2010 at 09:59
Yup I once knew of a guy who looked a lot like me who ran a series of 2 second pbs on that race...
14/05/2010 at 10:05
Moraghan wrote (see)

These days you're more likely to get a free entry the following year for wearing the daftest costume.

"We don't care about the fast guy coming back, but that inflatable penis was brilliant"


Now that would be a stiff one to swallow..........
14/05/2010 at 10:06

If not a free entry, they should at least get an invite to enter the race before it opens to the majority, especially as so many races fill up fast these days.

14/05/2010 at 10:06
Barnsley Runner wrote (see)
Yup I once knew of a guy who looked a lot like me who ran a series of 2 second pbs on that race...

Classy Bubka-ing there, BR!
14/05/2010 at 10:11
parkrunfan wrote (see)
Moraghan wrote (see)

These days you're more likely to get a free entry the following year for wearing the daftest costume.

"We don't care about the fast guy coming back, but that inflatable penis was brilliant"


Now that would be a stiff one to swallow..........

parkrunfan wrote (see)
Moraghan wrote (see)

These days you're more likely to get a free entry the following year for wearing the daftest costume.

"We don't care about the fast guy coming back, but that inflatable penis was brilliant"


Now that would be a stiff one to swallow..........

The organiser would have to have some balls to say that...
14/05/2010 at 11:09

Okay silly people - who's demob happy its Friday then

I really really really want to put this on the Q&A, but am too much of a wuss so will start my own debate here on run/walk/run:

"Personally I can't see that asking someone with untrained muscles and poor capillary network development to do the equivalent of an interval session is EVER a good idea. What does Nicki think on the subject?"

Discuss...

14/05/2010 at 11:35

Indeed!

And not to mention the psychological effect of stopping to walk every time things get a little uncomfortable, that must be well ingrained by the time a race is tackled. Not good!

Far better to run very, very slowly for as far as is comfortable and then walking the rest of the way with no restarting. Building up the running distance before having to walk is the way to progress and develop the muscles in a risk averse way.

All that stopping and restarting on muscles/tendons that must be tightening like a vice in between has got to be causing some sort of tearing............

I wonder how runners ever got started before run/walk/run was invented?

14/05/2010 at 12:04

At least week's 10k, there was a quite chunky guy in front of me by about 200 metres about halfway.  He then stopped dead at a water station and walked through it.  `Yup blown up' I thought.  However he rejoined the race, tucking in with the people who had caught him up.  He stopped again at 4m and did the same and then when I caught him at 5 and a bit miles he stopped dead again.  He started again after letting me get a small lead and then chased me to the finish, me holding him off by 4 secs.  Had he run all the way he could have beaten me comfortably. 

Very odd tactics I thought.  I remember him doing something similar in a 10k a couple of years ago.

So a 35 min 10k runner on a run / walk there.

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