I'll be doing the half marathon again this year, and the Organisers have promised that the race will be the correct distance. It turned out that the cycle race director had no authority to prevent the runners from running over part of the route last year.
Exhausted, I agree entirely that you don't want to get caught up with the slower runners at the start of a race, as you get bogged down at their pace. Also, much energy is expended weaving in and out, with the risk of tripping, or being tripped up. Thanks for the advice on the VLM, but she's not running that, but is doing the Brighton Marathon which is on 12th April. The entry fee was £70, which in my eyes is criminal.
Red, it is very windy here and this morning the heavens opened. Thankfully it was rain and not snow, but the roads were rapidly filling up in the gutters. It wasn't raining when I left home, but on paying the hefty £50 for the Hygienist, the Receptionist said "look at that downpour." I hadn't been aware of the conditions, as I was suffering the horrible scraping and cleaning with the cold water tool. I didn't get wet from the rain as the dentist's car park is quite small, and I was parked close to the door. I had to put the windscreen wipers on fast, to cope with the rain, and the car, which was spotless a few days ago was filthy from the rain water splashed up. I'm looking forward to the lecture, and will do a write up tomorrow.
WtnMel, I also enjoy passing runners in the latter stages of a race, as it is very satisfying latching on to them and then overtaking. LoL at the thought of your occasional running partner doing core exercises in her corset. Well done with your increase in mileage, it will reap benefits.
JJ, I agree that the 20 miles shouldn't be raced as marathon preparation. Alice will be treating it as a long training run, running between 1 and 2 minutes slower than race pace. Unfortunately, I'm not running it so won't be able to ensure that she doesn't set off too quickly. We will both be running the Ryde 10 mile race on Sunday, together with a few other club runners, and I will try to "slow her down" during the first mile or so, and then let her speed off and try to keep up with her.
Last night was 5 sets of figures of eights, each 0.7 mile with the first loop at 10k and the second at 5k pace. I ran each set quicker than the one before, and the last one was 13 seconds quicker than the first. Total mileage was 9.5. This is how I run my races these days, starting steadily and increasing pace as the miles go by. This is the opposite to when I was running my pb's, when I used to start off as fast as possible, and just hang on in the final stages.
Off to the Hygienist in a few minutes.
A rest day today and this evening, we have a lecture with a sports scientist, Professor Bruce-Low, who is the son of Annie, our oldest runner.
Red, I've got the dentist this afternoon and hygienist tomorrow morning. These 6 monthly appointments come round so quickly. I have eye tests every 2 years, and the time between them seems to fly by. My favourite race distance is 10 miles, as it is short enough to maintain a good pace, and not as lung bursting as a 10k.
JJ, yes it will be a challenge for Alice to run 3.30 and she doesn't think she can do it. She does, however, believe that she can go sub 3.40. My aim is to help her to run at a steady pace and not race off too quickly and then slow badly in the latter stages. She is running in the Bramley 20 miler in February, so it will be interesting to see how she gets on in a race environment at that distance.
I agree with everyone that the hardest aspect of running is getting out of the front door. I even make excuses to myself why I shouldn't go to a race that I have been training for and looking forward to. I am, however, always pleased that I made the effort.
We have figure of eight circuits at club this evening, with the first loop at 10k pace and the second at 5k.
Columba, good job that you checked, otherwise you could have been running under someone else's name and them under yours. Well done on your LSD run.
JJ, 58 minutes for 10 miles is very good these days. Is he a vet? Glad your cold is on the turn. The longest training run I have done is 22 miles.
BIW, sorry to hear of your injury. Hope it doesn't stop you from swimming for too long. Curry and wine sounded very nice!
Exhausted, amazingly bad luck to be in a carriage that having got rid of one stinking dog, was replaced by another. Dogs should definitely have a ticket to be allowed to travel, especially as they often occupy seats, and clear carriages due to their stink. Slightly changing the subject, I remember many years ago, on the London Underground, a train came in with an empty carriage, apart from one man. I soon found out why. When the doors opened, a horrible smell emerged, as the man was a dirty tramp. We all squeezed into an already packed carriage, rather than suffer in the tramp's. You are right about long distance runs. Yesterdays seemed effortless, despite doing about 10 miles of it in the New Forest on horrible wet, muddy trails, and having to jump over deep wet stretches. Our last 4 miles were on road, and we even increased our pace, racing each other up the hills. I'm determined to help Alice to 3.30 in the Brighton Marathon, although I think she only needs 3.45 for an entry to next years London Marathon. It's also helping my fitness and endurance, although I'm not aiming for a marathon myself. On the matter of pain and distance, I've always found 10k races more painful than marathons. I suppose this is due to 10ks being run flat out from start to finish, and marathons at a steady pace, increasing in the latter miles if feeling ok.
Bright and mild this morning, so I'm going for a nice easy pace recovery run, although I haven/t got any aches or pains. They will probably develop tomorrow.