Nick- don't know the lodge itself but googled it and know the area well. It is so lovely there- have you been before?
IBB- you're mad! Another marathon so soon. Very brave. What is this one like? How long are the loops?
Carl- good speed work. Hope you've got in more runs this week.
Rob- Great work on continued weight loss. Looking good!
Since Tuesday, I ran 4 miles on Wednesday, and a little gym sesh. A couple easy miles on Friday. And yesterday went to parkrun at Strathclyde.
It's a good flat course, out and back, only downfall is it measures ever so slightly long (about 40m according to the core team). But I've done some good times there before.
It was a pacer day and there was a 22 minute pacer. I decided not to bother with my watch and instead just followed the 22 pacer and trusted him to do his job! I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep up with him. Despite my 21:40 on the track the other week, parkruns are different, with some running on grass etc... it's never as fast as a track 5k and I have not run close to 22 minutes at a parkrun in a wee whiley.
However, he ran nice and steadily and I just stuck to him like glue. Only lost a few seconds from him at the end of the run- but even then, it turns out he had paced to be very comfortably under 22, so I was too. He came in at 21:49 I think and I came in at 21:53 so I was delighted with that. It was a PB for that course, 3 seconds off an over all parkrun PB, and only 13 seconds away from my track PB from the other week.
And my garmin had me down as running faster than the track PB from the other week given the fact Strathclyde's course is a tad long. So I feel I'm in really good form over short stuff just now.
Today I'm toying. I have done my long run for the week already on Tuesday but I might do another today. Next week I won't be able to run so much as away at a hen weekend from Friday. If I feel like it today I will get out and put some miles in while I can!
Hi everyone! Sorry it's been a week but I've been reading what you're all up to.
PS- hope the hip is holding up- did you do your 4 mile race?
Rob- I tried to check out those photos but couldn't view the link. I use MFP but am too embarrassed about my wine consumption to be friends with people...Big well done to you on your weight loss so far, it's great, you're doing SO well. Are you following any particular plan or just counting calories?
Carl- glad you enjoyed your race. It is a really positive thing to be able to go and do races without beating yourself up for not being in PB shape. Not every race has to be fast- goals have to be realistic. And you made yours- so well done! More races will help sharpen you up if you can get to them. Or parkruns which I know you enjoy! Your 27 miles a week still sounds pretty good to me! Beats lots of my recent weeks!
Carter- sorry you're struggling... I've been there before.. sometimes it's very difficult to get out the door but set yourself small goals. Even a few miles is better than none.
Nick- good parkrun and you're getting back to form Where in Scotland are you visiting?
IBB- good luck for your healthy regime and that's a not shabby parkrun, though I do like the word 'piffly'. Your adventure sounds fab- alone or with friends?
So what have I been up to since my track 5k last week... Thursday I had a club run, just a nice 10k. Saturday I went with my club to do the West Highland Way in a day, in relay teams. 96 miles covered in total, me, I was only covering 9.5 miles. My section was very challenging but absolutely stunning. It involved a very steep climb for a couple of miles, sandwiched between a flattish (or as flat as the WHW gets) trail and some very stony downhill running where I nearly broke my ankle a few times!!! Whole thing took just over 2 hours so that gives you an idea of terrain... flat/downhill miles 8-10 minutes, uphill miles 20!!!
I was meant to run Sunday but the legs were NOT having it at all... same yesterday.. the WHW run really took it out of me. But today I willed myself out and did 12 miles at 8:51 min/mile after work. Was glad I saw it through despite being knackered. Enjoyed the sunshine despite getting shouted at by several groups of men in Astras/white vans. How's everyone's week going?
Carl- great time. Glad you surpassed your expectations. Love when that happens. So it's healthy you're back into racing and have had a positive experience. What's next?
Rob- mile race! Great fun thing to do after a marathon! Respect that. I don't know what kind of time I'd do... I think I could go for a 6:15 mile? I've done a 6:45 mile within a 5k before so think that sounds realistic for a standalone... what do you think? Your goal sounds great. Yes my club has plenty of speedsters but is very inclusive too.
IBB- you're right, running laps is bound to add up to some extra. Great time though! Chuffed you enjoyed it too, sounds like a cracking experience. Do it again?
Nick- nice to run with the Mrs. All your HR running intrigues me. I've never once monitored my heartrate and not sure I want to. I maybe like keeping things simple. No, my parkrun wasn't 'slow' just not 'fast' either haha. Nowadays anything 22:15 or below is pretty decent going for me.
Tonight had my club 5k track championship race. Held at a local track. Hot day but had cooled a bit by evening which was good. I knew 1:45 per 400m lap would take me in just over 22 minutes. So that's what I started off at. But felt good so pushed on second half.
Started behind a guy but passed him in the second half. Stayed ahead of him and it spurred me to keep pushing on as I didn't want to lose room to him.
Was keeping track of 400m splits in my head and knew I was ahead of my goal by a fair bit by the end. Last lap the bell was rung and I pushed on- fast final lap and crossed the line in 21:40 (awaiting official time.)
New PB for 5k- track and road- so I'm over the moon. 10k and 5k PB in the space of a week. Boom!
Rob- great report. It sounds like an excellent race and from they way you've described it the atmosphere and general organisation sounds great, especially the idea of having aid stations and never being far away from nutrition is very handy. I'm glad you did a good time, even if not QUITE as quick as you hoped not a million miles away either... and Elle's support sounded fab. We loved her updates. I think you're onto something with the whole diet business, I'm feeling a tad heavy myself recently and realise from friends who have lost weight that it really does make a big difference!!! It's all extra weight to lug around isn't it!
washwood- good running from you and sounds like you're getting back to it... sorry to hear you were injured. Sounds like you are making a strong recovery. Any races on the horizon?
IBB- great marathon time, what a big improvement on Manchester! You must be chuffed?
Saturday I went to Perth parkrun as I was in that part of the country for a weekend break. It was nice but my legs were shot to pieces after my 10k on Thursday. Ran 22:36 for the parkrun which is my slowest time I've done there I think but I couldn't have run faster if I tried! Enjoyed it anyway.
Yesterday legs felt a bit better and I did my long run- 12 miles at just under 9 min/mile through the beautiful Perthshire countryside. It was scorching and I got a bit sunburnt. But loved it and didn't suffer from dehydration or the heat too badly apart from the redness. I started off feeling a bit slow and achy but eased into it.
Today met up with a friend who ran the EMF half marathon yesterday in 1:39 which was a big new PB so she wanted a few slow miles this morning to help her recover. So we ran 3.15 miles at 10:00 min/mile pace and had a good catch up. All in all a fabulous long weekend of running.
Tomorrow it is my club's track 5000m championship. Now last year I ran this just before joining the club- it was my introduction to the club and I enjoyed it but was last female in 22:56.
This year I'd like to see how close I can get to a minute off that time...