Brer, yep Rock'n'Roll. Training has started to make sense again. RHR has dropped 10 beats in a fortnight. Doing a 10k this weekend, if all goes well I may leave Mrs C to dance along and aim for sub 1:50. it's nice to at least feel I'm confident I can get that (even if I can't!).
just started back training this week. Mrs C wanted to get her HM PB at Sheffield, (3rd HM). Only has north of 1000' of ascent, nothing much..... The fact that she set her PB at Vale of York, (2nd HM), few years back (Makes mill ponds look mountainous) made it quite a challenge.
I could have done my own running (Lazy, didn't) Mrs C wanted me to run with her. 2 mid week runs and a Sunday run. I picked the route, she picked the speed. Spent the winter doing 12min miles ( more on that in a bit).
Worked for her. Went from 2:43 on a very flat course to 2:26 on a very hilly (well, one hill but a biggy) course.
And on to Leeds on Sunday. Thought I was going round with Mrs C again but on the day she said she wasn't feeling like racing as it was so hot so sent me off to the blue pen.
I just wanted to go under 2hrs as I knew I wasn't in any shape after so little training at (for me) slower speed. Looked for the 1:55 pacer, couldn't see one so started with the 1:45 on the basis of use it as training and stick with him up the hills to about the 6m mark then jog home.
Where it wrong was losing sight of him in the early stages then realising he was a bit ahead, but not so far that I couldn't close the distance. Which I did, but struggled which should really have been a clue. The biggest clue was seeing that the pacer I had just run hard up hill to catch was the 1:40........ Ah well, stuck with him for a couple of miles but had taken too much out of myself, especially in the heat we had. Let him go and not much longer after that the 1:45 went by. Eventually came in 1:56.
going out for a 10m run in the peak the day before certainly didn't help, not a recommended preparation!
Doing two more races with Mrs C this year, Liverpool in a couple of weeks where she just wants to boogie to the bands so close on 3 hours I reckon, and back to Vale of York in September as she wants to know what she can do on a flat course.