Well done on the 5 miler last week Scott. Great session this week too, you're looking really strong at the minute. With another 7 weeks til your target 10k I think a big PB is on the cards.
Likewise Dachs. Great session midweek, a county call up and hopefully you had a good run at the southerns.
Keep it up AG. How are you finding the marathon training?
I was asked if I wanted to go on the reserve list for the county XC champs race. Chances of a call up I was told were 50/50 but I'm in Dublin that weekend which I think is the weekend of Trafford 10k too so a no go anyway.
Not a clue how I was asked as I've run 2 XC races in 2 years. I came 140th at the euro XC selection race.
Didnt do the northerns as I couldn't make the afternoon start so I ran a local fell race. The northern xc had nearly 900ft of climbing in 7 miles. glad I couldn't make it!
Run a couple of races over the last 2 weeks.
First crack at a fell race where there was navigation involved yesterday. Course was marked from the start to checkpoint 1 then it was every man for themselves to checkpoints 2-3 then back to 4 which was also checkpoint 1. Then the route was flagged back to the finish.
I played it safe and just sat in a group of 3/4 all the way round. 800ft of climbing in the first 2 miles and 1200ft over the course ahich was 8 miles, well 8.2 in our case.
One lad was local so a couple of us sat on his tail. Few jokes and laughs were shared as we were pretty much at his mercy from checkpoints 1-4. If he was tired we slowed down. He still took us the wrong way which resulted in the rest of the field catching us up as we got to checkpoint 2. Rain, hail, sleet and some fierce winds up on the moors made it a bit of a slog back to checkpoint 4 where I knew it would be a race for home then.
We hit a Tarmac path and I knew there was 5/6 stiles to cross on the way back so I knew I needed to be in front so I made the break for home. Fortunately managed to hold the lad off in second by about 15 secs or so.
Also ran a torchlight 5k in a local park over a week ago. I ran carrying a torch through a park that was pitch black. I ended up running 16.50, really struggled to see and took a tumble in the last 1/2 mile as we were lapping runners from 2 miles onwards and ended up whacking my knee, hip and elbow. Got beat by a young lad who's never finished within 30 seconds of me over 5k. He ran 16.10!!! Bearing in mind he ran with no torch either! how he could see is a mystery! After the first mile my watch beeps and it says 5.14 and as we head into the fields and I couldn't see him ahead or hear his footsteps on the gravel or his breathing. It was silent. I was positive that he'd dropped out or stood off the course as it was too dark for him. Then spotted him miles in front of me as we hit a car park.
He ran pretty much the same course yesterday in 16.43 in broad daylight.
I ran 5 in 5 days in 2011 for Help for heroes. I'd never run a marathon before I started to plan it either and the only race I'd done was a 10k in 2006.
My goal was to just complete it so I was happy to just run at a very easy pace. I had no idea on training so entered Edinburgh marathon which was 3 months before to see how I coped with the distance. I bonked massively and crawled over the line in 3.31 mins.
I then started building up my training by running on consecutive days - wed, thurs, fri, sat, sun. Started around 8 on each day and built it up to 15,15,15,15,15 before a last week of 20,20,26,26 which was about 3 weeks out.
I was really surprised on just how easy it was apart from some achy legs each morning first thing. I had a cold bath as soon as I got home each day and drank and ate plenty. Winged it pretty much as I had no idea on training etc. far too many people are over cautious with training and don't realise just how far they can push their bodies.
Great going there Dachs. Are you following P and D?
Nice reps Simon! I'm thinking of going to the track tomorrow to maybe do some 400s to try and get some speed back in my legs. I've not done a track session since last April if I remember rightly. Hoping to get my legs used to moving a bit quicker as I must have the best fitness base on the planet with the amount of easy/ steady running I've done over the last 8 months!
Hopefully in a couple of weeks ill start building towards Salford which is on Good Friday.
Congratulations on the bling fellas and also on the county call ups. Nice start to the year!
Not sure how you keep knocking out the Parkruns Pete but well done!
That's my sort of rehab is that AG. If it feels ok then give it a good test.
It was my county champs yesterday but I've been struggling with a tight hamstring since Wed. 12 hour days working on a shit farm in Cumbria with a flock of sheep in the next field for company wasn't ideal. Fucking freezing it was. Got home and had a puncture and then walked through the door to water coming through my living room ceiling.
So a few beers wed, thurs, Friday night with a kebab and chips the night before the race meant I was going into the race in peak condition.
I was only racing to be a counter for the team which I was under the impression was at near full strength. Unless is start running 30 mins for 10k or running for england in the mountains then a county vest is prob out of reach anyway. Turns out we were nowhere near, not that it mattered as Salford harriers were there to scoop the Lancashire gold. Thought it was in Greater manchester?
Pretty much no warm up, I nearly managed a full lap before stepping off the course. Hamstring not happy in six inch of mud and felt like I was running and compensating for it.