A few days ago I wrote a big long post! I thought I had posted it but it had disappeared! Bugger. I'll try again tonight.... as I have been absent a while!
So here goes...
Rob- can't wait to hear how you do in your marathon. Crazy race but a fun one. Really excited for you, I love your passion and enthusiasm with your training. You deserve a great time.
IBB- your running is going well and I envied you doing that Wings for Life race! It looked amaaaazing fun!
PS- I'm considering some smaller scale Scottish marathons...undecided yet though... What training plan are you doing this time around, lady? Same as last time? You enjoyed the 6 day plan right?
Nick- good 10k time, and a decent race, even if you weren't quite on with splits. Off road sections always slow you down a bit. Annoying if you thought it was a bit short though. I always would rather a race was too long than too short! I enjoyed your race report.
Carter- sorry things a bit slow with you but glad you're still moving. What was it like tail running at the ultra event? Did you have to coax anyone round/comfort anyone having a hard time or was it fairly straight forward?
Elle- great to hear from you again and glad you're running, and even running fast times since London! Sure Rob will hugely appreciate your support at the Roadrunner.
So for me since I last posted, lots of running gone on!!! Where to start...
Last Thursday I had the Helensburgh 10k... a course with some ups and downs at the start and middle, but some long flat in between sections too... mostly on road in residential areas.
It was a hot hot night, and I was pretty tired. I just wasn't feeling it, didn't have a great race, and ran 47:31. Really enjoyed the evening out with clubmates but was a bit disappointed at time, to be honest. I'd hoped I'd be under 47 minutes even for a hillier course.
Last weekend I was away at a friend's wedding in Oban and went for some scenic coastal road running. Fabulous, and the sun shone the whole time.
This week I've ran a couple of shorter sessions, then had the Clydebank 10k this Thursday.
Last year I ran it in 47:07 which was at the time a big PB. This year I hoped I could take about a minute off that. (Current 10k PB 45:47 but wasn't thinking I'd get quite close to that.)
Well what a change from last week... I had a GREAT race. Really loved it. Cooler night, less tired... lots of my clubmates out again and I ran from near the start with a man who I often train with. He's a good bit older and we're about the same pace. We paced it really well if I do say so myself. First km in 4:43. Through half way in 23:07. Second 5km in 23:03 with a big sprint finish, for a finish time of 46:10.
Clydebank was a two lap course with only a couple of minor undulations and large sections along canal path. I'm doing the third race of this 10k series next Thursday, and my clubmates assure me it's even flatter than Clydebank!
So I hope I could genuinely improve my 46:10 from this week and get close to my 45:47 PB. Here's hoping. Today I ran a parkrun, not flat out, but fast as my legs were willing to go after the 10k on Thursday! 22:42, and very enjoyable too. So a week of lots of quality running. Hope you're all well.
PS- glad you're starting to feel better. Autumn marathon is appealing to me too haha.. I like Rob's target of 3:17 for you...
Rob- when is this mental marathon you're doing, it must be coming up soon? How are you feeling?
IBB- that Wings for Life race looked so fun! What a great concept.
Carl- that's a good parkrun time given all the circumstances mentioned. It's really good for you when life is tough to get in some short fast running to refresh you. I think it's a great idea for you to work on 5k and 10k just now! More manageable too with a busy schedule. What are your PBs for them and do you have any goals for your upcoming races?
Nick- parkrun pacing was fun though as detailed below I was off the pace ever so slightly. My 10k is tomorrow night and I've been training as usual. Last few weeks mileage has been about 25 miles, always with a speed session and long run in there, so I think I'm in decent shape. I hope your 10k goes well. Do report back.
Hello again Andrew- good to see you and hope you will enjoy Chester. Carter is doing that too.
So for me since I last posted....
Saturday I was pacing at parkrun, was meant to be 24 minutes but a combination of a) the course being slightly long (but I know this! So it shouldn't have thrown me) and b) a very strong headwind meant I came in at 24:06. I hope that I still helped a few people to a decent time.
Sunday I ran 12 miles for the second week running. 6 on my own steady, then 6.2 slowly with my good friend who does enjoy running but only shorter stuff and has not done more than a parkrun in months, so it was brilliant for her and me. I love having company.
Monday I ran 5 lovely sunny miles around Glasgow after work. Beautiful.
Last night I ran 3.1 progressive miles. Then a gym session. Rest day today and my 10k race tomorrow! Really looking forward to that.
PS- I know I've said to you on fb but fabulous race and a huge well done. Your marathon was a brilliant time AND you've not been well. You're great. The conditions looked really tough. 5 weeks is definitely good time for 10k training. Get in some good speed work and you will be great.
IBB/PS- I could definitely do with losing weight too to run better. I am 5"4 and 9.5 stone. I am quite muscly and just now a size 10 but still I know if I was half a stone lighter I'd feel better. Hey ho. I'm eating quite healthily just now but portion sizes are my downfall. I just hate a small dinner!!!
Nick- I'm with you on the exercise more instead of eat less but I know that actually just eating less is the quickest way to lose weight. Secret marathon sounds a bit daft to me. But I'm cynical.
Carter- glad the leg is getting on OK. Good you're doing Chester. You've got a great time within you.
Rob- great running both long runs and speed work! Fantastic.
I've not posted since last Sunday when I was tracking PS on the marathon. Last Sunday I finished my week with 12 miles just over 9 minute mile pace. First long run since Manchester. It was brilliant, I felt so good and enjoyed it.
This week I've had a few shorter runs (3.1 miles) and a 6 miler yesterday. Tomorrow I'm pacing at parkrun. Pacing 24 minutes same as last time. Hope I'll help some people to a PB.
Next week got my first 10k of the season at Helensburgh 10k. Looking forward. Last 10k I did was just over 46 minutes. Would like to do similar this week.