Rob and iBB - amazing running. I cannot imagine how you managed to keep focused for so long with so many laps of the course.
washwood -like you I have been absent with work and life continuing to be hectic leaving little time for browsing the old tinternet. Running has been sporadic over the last month. Did manage a session of the track in the last week and I had forgotten ho much I love these hard sessions. This was what underpinned my running last year and I have been neglecting them this year.
Time to start training properly rather than just running.
Today i raced the London 10000. Coldest bank holiday Monday I can remember.
I was really not sure about this at all. No proper training. Last few weeks have only been about 20 miles per week.
I was in the first of four waves so put myself at the back and it took about 4 mins to get over the line.
Mentally I had prepared myself for a tough race and set a sub 50 mins as a target. Purely from a lack of running leading to a lack of fitness.
Set off at a nice pace and finished the first mile in 7:33. Feeling ok I pushed it for the next 2 miles and covered these in 7:20 and 7:22. As it is more or less an out and back course, it was interesting to see the winner on the other side of the road when I passing the 3km mark. He looked strong. He would have been about 6km and only started about 5 mins before me.
While I was happy with my pace I was not sure if I could hold it so I kept telling myself to keep focusing on the current mile. Mile 4 was 7:17 and I managed to keep this pace for mile 5 - 7:19.
I was hurting by now but kept focusing on the groups ahead of me and trying to catch them, pass them and then picked the next target to catch. I got through mile 6 in 7:02.
By now there was not much left in the tank but kept pushing on and covered the last section in 2:10.
6.34 miles according to my Garmin in 46:03. Really happy with that. A negative split too with my last mile being my fastest mile. About 1:30 off my PB but considering that I would have settled for a sub 50, this was fab.
It would have been so easy not to run today. But really glad I did. Shows me that I have not lost it completely and will give me the boost I need to take control of everything and get training properly again.
Hopefully i will find time to get on here more regularly even if it is only a short post.
What is everyone else up to now we are heading for the summer season ?
Got up early this am and headed out into a beautiful morning in Munich. Asked the chap at hotel reception which way did I need to go to get to the river. He said right. No river. But I got a good 6km in and enjoyed the bright and fresh morning. Weather was rubbish by the time I left this afternoon and not much better back in London.
So have run 3 days in a row, 5k ; 6m and 6k.
Will not run again until Friday.
Nick - sounds like you have a nice new toy to play with.
Nick - yes work life continues to be busy and no sign of it abating anytime soon. I wanted this job I keep reminding myself and I still do. I never anticipated that the travel would become such a big factor and that it would impact my running as much. I am beginning to get things under control and am hoping that soon I will be back in the groove.
Am in Munich tonight back in London tomorrow evening. Managed 5km on a treddy at the hotel before going out for dinner with the company I am visiting. Am thinking of getting up early tomorrow and getting a few miles in down near the river if I can find my way there just to do something different.
I am readjusting my goals for my 10k at the end of the month.
Good run from you at the weekend and if you may want to think about easy runs towards the back end of the week if you are going after that time for a 10k on Sunday.
Did parkrun yesterday. It was tough. Not done this for a long time. Over 300 runners and I started near the back. So the first mile was hard not just because of the hills but getting going was near on impossible. I finished in 24:15 which considering the tough week I had, got home from Gloucester at about 9:30 Friday night, the hilly course, the number of people running and the fact that I have not done anything short and fast for ages, is not too bad, Gives me something to work with.
Another 6 miles early this morning before the sun came up too strong.
Am going to concentrate on shorter faster stuff this months s I have the 10k at the end of the month and have neglected speed work this year. I do miss my late night sessions on the running track.
Hope all is well with everyone.
Early morning flight to Munich tomorrow so need to get some sleep ......