PS- Thanks for the race list! Here is some you can add for me. Some summer events I will be doing with the club and lots to keep me busy!
Thursday 12th May: Helensburgh 10k
Thursday 19th May: Clydebank 10k
Thursday 26th May: Dumbarton 10k
Thursday 16th June: Kirkintilloch 10k
Sunday 11th September: Around Cumbrae 10 Mile Road Race
I have done some of these before and loved them. Looking forward!
Nick- well done at your parkrun. Good return to form after the marathon and you're recovering well. It sounds like a stressful morning though! You poor thing.
IBB- great 10k time, well done. Sounds like a good race to be at though I am not a big fan of multiple laps!
washwood- I'm good thanks. So glad that your GFA still stands. Awesome! You've had some great achievements. Hope you feel good when you run again.
Rob- did you do your LR?
Well I got out at the weekend to the parkrun at Perth which is a lovely course and one of my favourites. It starts in a park, moves onto a riverside path, turns around at the top end, you do about 800m on grass, then it goes back to the path and return to the park. It's fairly flat and so is quite easy except the 800m on grass, this is quite challenging as the grass is uneven and wet so it slows you a bit.
I was feeling good and was running it to take it seriously. I was hopeful I could definitely beat my 22:40 from last week's Victoria parkrun, ideally break 22:30 and really get as close to 22:00 as possible.
I knew 22:00 was a 4:25 min/km pace so was looking for that.
First km went by in 4:19 so I knew I had set out too fast. Felt OK till half way, with second km done in 4:31, then the grass bit came. I found it really hard and felt like I was pumping the arms and legs but getting no where. Third and fourth km even slower in 4:32 and 4:40.
However, once back on tarmac path I felt I could run well again and was just counting down to the finish. I passed a small group of guys, along with a wee boy who was running in front of me and also passed them... one of the guys said 'I'm not being beaten by a wee boy... and I'm NOT being beaten by a lady, that's even worse!" The CHEEK of it!!! They then picked up their pace and passed me, obviously affronted at being beaten by a woman, and I tried to cling with them.
I really really pushed the pace the last 500m, and it was hurting so badly... I just desperately wanted to beat that guy. I passed him about 40m before the line and stayed ahead of him and his pals. I also passed a lady on the line to finish 4th woman over all.
Last km 4:13 (now that's what you call pushing it) and official finish time 22:14.
That's still 24 seconds off my parkrun PB but the 4th fastest parkrun I've done so it's up there.
I've now done 36 and have made it my goal to get my 50 T shirt by the end of the year.
Nick- so you had a great time overtaking people at London! STRONG! I enjoyed reading about your race. Sounds like you're recovering well.
washwood- that's a great photo... well done.. honestly such a huge achievement to do two marathons in two weeks. Loved your report.
PS- getting so excited for you. When you run on Sunday what time will it be here?
Sean- interesting point about the VLM race. It's the same at any massive race in the world. I'm not sure if I feel strongly or not about it.
Rob- glad Elle is recovering well. Good luck for you in 4 weeks time. I don't think I could do so many laps in a marathon. But I will really look forward to your report.
Nell- good, take it easy this week, don't feel a rush to get back to things. Enjoyed your report. Your wife is wise. You ran strongly and didn't die a death.
This week I've been at my club twice, that's the most I've been in about six months! With work so busy I've only been managing to get along once a week since about October last year! So I am really chuffed. Tuesday was a speed session. For my pace group we were meant to be doing 8 x 600m with short recoveries, but I missed a rep and just did 7. With a warm up and cool down at either end it was 6.5 miles in total and absolutely knackering. Great to do that kind of run in company though. We were running the reps at around 7 min/mile pace ie. 5k pace.
Tonight I did an out and back run. 1.1 mile warm up, then you had to run a negative split with the 'out' section being 20:30 and the 'back' section in 19:30 in order to hit 40 minutes total. I managed to do out in 20:30 and back in 19:25 so got the timing almost spot on. It's not about running fast but pacing yourself steadily. Then 1.1 miles cool down. Total 7 miles. I like that session, it's one of my favourites.
Going to Perth parkrun at the weekend, looking forward to it.
I tutor two kids in English as a wee money maker on top of teaching (debts etc...) and tonight went round to theirs. As soon as I arrived I knew something was wrong as there was a big police van on the front drive.
Long story short...their mum had died suddenly. She was a lovely lady and very fit... in fact, a fitness instructor and personal trainer.
I felt shaken and sad for the kids I know well. It has given me a bit of a shock. Life is short. Enjoy. Do what you love and take pride in all you achieve.
Sounds corny I know but it's been my thinking tonight.