Travelling is getting a little easier as the kids grow up and leave home. I now have to be supportive round exam time (which is basically the whole of May and June) and home for the major festivals (Easter, Christmas and summer holidays) but other than that I am a bit more free to plan and travel as I want to.
This will be my first trip to India so any tips gladly taken. It is a simple exercise to get in, get round and get out. I have 3 offices in India and so it is in, day in an office, travel next day, day office, travel, office and home. I will try and squeeze some running in between but time is normally tight. The trouble is I spend 8 hours in an office and then get back to a hotel with internet and try and do my normal day job as well.
Philip - is it this week you are off to India, or are you doing Sandhurst xc?
Off to India on Saturday 21st and back Saturday 28th so will miss Sandhurst and Handy Cross. I am back for HX but just don't fancy an XC inthe cold and mud after what will be a hard week travelling and training in about 30ºC.
That 14 we did together a week ago seemed to hit me hard. Spent all last week bimbling about at about 8 minute pace and never got a decent training run in. Did the half on Sunday, easy 5 on Monday and then did a wet and windy 10 miles today inside 7:30 pace.
St Neots Half marathon for me yesterday. Odd one and a little out of place. A work colleague lives there and invited a load of us up for a social run many months ago and so I had a clear calendar and booked it in. Since then a number of race dates have changed and fallen on the same day so I missed out own XC race and a few other local races, but decided to keep a date with the half.
I can't seem to get myself into race shape at the moment. I have some long term ideas of what I need to do and always end up shooting at long term goals rather than customising stuff for the short term.
I got up and it was a nice day for running where I live, but a 70 mile drive to flat and exposed East Anglia told a different tale with strong winds clearly going to play a part in the race. Got to the event and was soon at the back of the longest ever queue I have seen for registration. Last year the event was 1200 entries, this year 2000 and it was collect numbers on the day. Chaos! Sad to see this happening to old club races as they get handed over to event management companies.
1 mile warm up and a quick relief in the back of an industrial estate (10 portaloos was never going to work) and form up in the start pen. I had no real plans and thought that sub-1:30 had to be the minimum and there was a 1:30 pacing team so I lined up alongside them.
First mile 6:43 and then we turned left and went downhill with a tailwind. The pace team held even but I decided to let the legs roll and 6:08 for mile 2. Another flattish mile (6:43) then one uphill and into the wind (7:17). The next 4 miles were a square so all combinations of up, down, head and tail wind. 7 to 8 was into a headwind and I was on my own and struggling and a few groups came up to me and I caught and held onto them for a while as each passed but couldn't stay in one. Just after 8 there was a big group containing the lead ladies and the 1:30 pacer and I was able to tag onto and stay with this group.
Back in a pack, suddenly things were easy again. Did 8 to 10 in the pace group and then the two ladies pushed ahead and a few of us went with them. Last 3 were downhill and largely tail or side wind and I managed a couple of 6:30 miles to cross the line in 1:29:02.
So I can run a half in sub 1:30, I need to do two of those back to back in London. Looks like a hard task but I need to draw positives from it. Sub-3 pace feels very easy, and can easily tick along at 6:30 pace for a while. Just need to get the endurance up.
It is hard to judge what impact the wind had. Up front, people who ran 73 minutes a few weeks ago were running 77. I don;t think I was impacted that hard but probably 2 minutes and a 1:27 would feel good at this stage.