He must be in better shape than when he ran his pb or the course he ran it on was slightly tough?
I ran a solo 15.34 3 miles on the canal the other week which suggests a 16.04 or something 5k. Felt flat out.
Some great training going on here. Really jealous of the track sessions too. I've just not been able to factor one in. Think I've done 2 this year. I've a 5k on Saturday and I'd be amazed if I got anywhere near a low 16 as a 100+ mile week last week and a commute from work that's over 9 miles with 1200ft of ascent isn't good for freshening legs up.
All good base work for when I start marathon training though.
Brilliant report Phil. Had me laughing out loud. Nice to get 3rd club spot too.
Likewise with yours Bus. An improvement on last year after yesterday's race too. I'd take that.
I could probably get a decent write up out of my long run today. There's Pendle hill that's 1800ft a fair few miles from my house. Never quite sure just how far it was from my door as I used to drive to it to then run up and down it. I've always fancied running to it, up to the trig and then back down it and home so I had a bash this morning.
20 miles in total with over 2500ft of climbing in it. Averaged around 7.50 pace but the middle 6/7 miles are on the fells. Quads are trashed.
Well done on the win Pete (they all count and you can only beat what is in front of you).
Nice Parkrunning elsewhere too, I don't know how you do it Bus. If I'd had a curry and a few beers I'd have gone easy today and then raced tomorrow but your made of different stuff to the rest of us!
Sounds a great marker there Dean. You know you've plenty of training still to get in so it will hopefully be a successful summer for you on the track.
I paced the sub 20 min group at the parkrun this morning knowing I was going to have a crack at a 3.4 mile fell race this afternoon. I know the 14/15 year old lad who won the parkrun in windy conditions in 17.10 or so and was chatting to him at the finish as I used to do the odd training run with him and his brother. Straight after the parkrun he was off orienteering so in effect a second race.
I then casually mentioned I was doing a fell race that afternoon and his ears pricked up (as he's only a junior he's only allowed to run the ones that are 7k or less). Bearing in mind at 14/15 and competing in the U16 category he's a multiple British fell champion for his age, county champ at fell and XC, had England vests and is the Scottish hill running champion (parents are Scottish I think) and he was 10 secs short of winning the U18 race at 14, it wasn't my smartest move!
Actually looking forward to the race I warmed up with him for a bit. Made a nice change of not having to chase the watch and just race people. Off we go and into the first climb up a gravel path and I'm in 4th. Pretty much 3/4 mile of steady climb and then a sharp descent over a river and then into a long climb. Lungs and legs were on fire at this point but I'd made my way to the front and working my arse off up the sharp climb. Having to really dig deep to get to the top and as I reached the top I had 10m or so on young josh with my 2 other club mates 20/30 yards back.
I knew I had to try and descend quick as this lad lives and breaths the fells but if you've never experienced a tough climb on the fells into a steep descent then it's hard to explain it and do it justice. You go from gasping for air and screaming quads and calves to having your legs go instantly to jelly and having to try and hurtle down an uneven steep hill with grass about 2ft long! The bonus being that you dont go head first into the ground.
By the time I'd made my way onto the gravel path I had a sneaky look back and looked to have 30m on him. Keep it going down the next descent and after the next short sharp climb its 3/4 mile down the path to the finish. I crossed the river and thought I'd have a sneaky look to make sure I had the 30m still.
Shit! He was about 2 yards behind me! He then came past me like I was stood still. He must be less than 5ft and weighs no more the 7st and was bouncing up the last climb while I felt about 20st and was thumping up it.
Really tried to stay with him down the gravel path for home and at one point I think I started closing but his 2 steps to my one were enough to see him home 8 seconds in front of me. So he followed a low 17 5k with an orienteering race and then a win on the fells in less than 6 hours.