Stewart - Shame the race didn't go to plan on Sunday, must have been tough in the heat. I said that to my mate, as much as the 8am start for me on Sunday wasn't ideal it meant we ended up in perfect conditions! Good recovery run yesterday too
Tek - Well done on the 6.5 & 3 miles
OH - Fantastic work on the PB All this racing must work for you! I'm impressed you managed to knock out 13 miles yesterday too!
NN - Hope the ankle is better today.
Ollie - Hopefully you stick to the cutback week plan, I planned an easy week too but if the weather is like this all week I might end up with a lot of miles!
Just a slow 4 yesterday and then a quick gym session. Going out in about half an hour for an undetermined distance.
12&13 (6:24, 6:15) The turning point was just past 11 miles, and I was now 15-20 seconds behind my mate. We exchanged a pretty thunderous high 5, and then the chase resumed! Now I was doubling back on the guys behind, the shouts from other club mates really spurred me on even though my body had ready for chucking it. Quick look at the watch at ~20k and realised I was utterly nailed on sub 85, and ad a good shot at 84. And even more importantly I was almost on top of my mate! 400 to go, and I'm now on his heels. I was absolutely sure I had him, until he kicked and I just couldn't, or wouldn't, hold on! So I just focussed on doing nothing stupid and trying to stick myself under 84. 100m to go, and onto some silly metal walk way covering the grass. Unfortunately I was looking way ahead and not at the surface, and tripped over something! Thankfully stayed upright but that'd have been a bit of bum note to end had I went down. Nice and strong finish, paid no attention to anyone else and was delighted to stop the watch on 1:23:55 A new PB by 3:10
Afterthoughts - Even early on my legs hadn't felt great so was very pleased, and my left foot issue was managed fairly well. It's a bit sore now but never became unrunnable. I had tried to drink a little this time, unlike Alloa and I even had 3 shotbloks at 5, 8 and 10 miles but couldn't stomach any more. Breakfast again was just a banana, and again I think it was a mistake. More pleasingly, I found out at the end that the club mate I was chasing was actually 10 seconds slower than me, so I think I was fastest runner from our club
So a good place to start marathon training from, my worry now is the time I have to be aiming for at Frankfurt. There's only really 1 time I can now look at...
Ollie - great work on the 22, and 92 miles for the week! Mental Must be 2 weeks until I start marathon training, as I think I'm the week after you.
Cal - That sounds a good mix up session this morning
Edinburgh Half Marathon
Had constantly changed my mind over whether or not I was going to run this, but eventually signed up just before entries closed, for a very hefty fee. I had felt good in training, and felt I had a good shout at a PB, maybe even low 85s.
Got through to Edinburgh an hour before the race, but mucked about too much and once I got through the portaloo queue I only had time for 1k warm up. Spoke to a few club mates before the off, but was a bit miffed they were in a faster start wave than me!
1-3 (6:24, 6:16, 6:26) It's a nice open start, and slightly downhill so just tried to get into a natural rhythm which seemed centred on 6:20s. Concerned me a touch but unlike Alloa I decided I wasn't going to talk myself out of a time. If I blew up at 11 miles, well I blew up at 11 miles. Passed a club mate at mile 1, and got a couple of shouts on the double back in Holyrood Park, even that early on it helps! A few minor ups and downs through miles 2 and 3 but nothing to report, tried to stick with a Perth runner as he seemed consistant with my pace.
4-7 (6:16, 6:26, 6:24, 6:32) Caught sight of a club mate towards the end of mile 4, he said pre race he was looking at 82-83, so was wonder if I was going to fast or if he was struggling. Slowly reeled him in over the next couple of miles, and passed him along the prom in Portobello. Despite being right on the coast we had little to no wind, and it was nice and cool. Perfect conditions! Quick check of the watch at the 10k mat, (39:46) so my 2nd fastest ever 10k! Maybe a bit fast... It was around here my left foot started to hurt, so was having to be careful how I landed. I had worn the same trainers at last years Inverness half, and they destroyed my left foot early on so slight panic was setting in. This was probably why I stepped off the pace a touch in mile 7.
8-11 (6;25, 6:17, 6:22, 6:24) The road into Musselburgh felt tough on the feet, but was bouyed around 7.5 miles when I noticed a club mate in the distance. I had a quick check on the watch and estimated him to be 47 seconds ahead of me. As we pulled into, and then through Musselburgh I could see I was catching him. I ran and had a chat with a Glasgow runner during mile 9, but pushed ahead as I realised I was now only 30 seconds behind my mate. Mile 10 takes you past the cut off to the finish, and 11 takes you almost out to the turn. I was hurting here mentally more than anything as it was such a drag, it was only the sight of my mate ahead that kept me going!