Sorry you're still not feeling on top form, DT, but it doesn't sound as if you are too far off given all your trials in the past few weeks. I would be encouraged by that.
That's a bit annoying, Mace. Hopefully just some residual stiffness?
I feel like it's taken me all week to get over Arden 9, heavy legged. I sensibly elected to not do the track 5k on Tuesday as thought it would be pushing it. Instead I did some short hills yesterday and then some strides. Not a massive session but good for speed form and a good strength builder I hope.
Then today was the pink parkrun for breast cancer charity. Basically 4 laps of Leamington parkrun starting at 7am, culminating in the proper one at 9am. Was nice and sociable and ran it as a progressive run - first two laps nice and easy coming out around 26 minutes each, then the third Lou ran with our 4 year old so I took the little one in the buggy. Hard work on the grassy bits and up the steep hill. Did that one at more effort in 25 mins, ave HR of 155. Then the last one at LT pace, coming in at 20:44 and 4th lady. HR of 170. Quite pleased as started at the back of the field with the buggy as still waiting for Lou to come back with the 4 year old I assumed I'd have to take the buggy. But he did show up in the first 100m so I abandoned the buggy with him and then had to work my way up past nearly the whole 500 strong field, 3rd mile was loads faster than the first!. But felt pretty strong and heart rate nowhere near max so pleased with that and 13 miles done for the day.
I've got Monty 5k on Wednesday which should be fun, aiming for more WRRL points and hopefully a decent time as it's flat. So I think just recovery miles and some strides before then. Supporting Lou at Pitchcroft 10k tomorrow. Hopeful for more . Bottle of fizzy stuff in the fridge in anticipation
I might just put them on Lou's side of the bedside table to remind him every day how awesome I am
Nice recovery run earlier. Was glorious off road - had to screech at the dog to stop her chasing a deer that suddenly bounded across our path. Loads of rabbits, pheasants, buzzard. Utterly lovely (barring a few stinging nettles). And then we got to a field with cows and I had to nesh out and run back on the road. Grrr. I really need to deal with my cow phobia.
It's a conundrum. They are temporarily there whilst I find a home for them . The other medals live in the downstairs loo but I think that's possibly a bit unhygienic for a presentation box. The shields live on the hearth. The kids have broken both of my glass awards and are still of an age where they climb everywhere rendering the windowsills useless. They might have to go in a drawer (the drawers I am currently trying really hard to declutter) . Or we could clear a shelf in the study. I prefer it when they give you cash!
Back to the classic distance of 9 miles for this one. Part of the Warwickshire road Race League but not run it since 2013 due to pregnancy and injury. Lou didn't fancy it with Pitchcroft so close so I thought I'd go and get some points. Little expectation really since raced a hard 10k last week and who knows what their 9 mile PB is anyway? Plus spent a bit of yesterday feeling nauseous and with a bit of a dodgy tummy (worlds mildest tummy bug I think as felt fine by the evening). It's quite undulating around leafy country lanes and a lap of a lake so I decided to try and pace around 6:50 to begin with and maybe pick up the pace to 6:40 towards the end.
Set off with a couple of girls from my club (both better than me - one is the small, speedy one encountered on this thread before. The other is small and speedy and runs for England in 100km races. But neither are fully fit at the moment). So decided early on to pull away. Two ladies came past who I know are super-speedy. No chance there. And then saw two unattached ladies, one in blue, the other in pink up ahead. Hmm, possible targets.
First mile is a bit downhill and came out in 6:39. Felt hot and a bit of a struggle really but thought I'd press on. Next a bit uphill in 6:55. Realised it was so up and down that pace was a bit meaningless (especially as i felt like it was hard work already!) and I'd focus on catching the next girl. At this point blue was in front, pink ahead of her. Both looking quite strong so settled in. About half way I noticed that blue had overtaken pink. Now I wondered if she was maybe slowing a bit. My ears pricked up then and started trying to reel her in. I sat a little way behind her for a while waiting to compose myself a bit as I kept crossing the line into breathing a bit too hard. We came up to a bit of downhill and here was the moment. I pushed on, passing her decisively with a cheery well done and a bit of breath holding and then kept going until I was round a corner and could do a bit of gasping.
Next target was blue. A marshall called out that I was now 4th lady. 3rd just up ahead. Well, I tried. I pushed as much as i could and ate into the gap a bit. We had a gap of maybe 15 seconds going into a lap of the field. I sprinted my hardest but she was too far ahead. I could see the clock counting and to my amazement it was beneath one hour. So I pushed to make sure I got there. Garmin says 59.43, average pace of 6:46ish? 4th lady but 1st V35 so another prize for the TTT. We just missed out on the team prize on a technicality over whether you count total position or ladies position. I'm not bothered though, I can buy my own Echo Falls if I want it.
Really enjoyed it, felt like a proper race. And showed me even though I felt a bit crappy after a couple of miles I could still keep working hard to the end. Would have been good to have caught Blue but I tried my best.