Agree with Big G, Keith, good decision (I struggle with anything over 10k in this weather!)
Yes, agree (again with Big G!) re the shoulder hunch thing. I've noticed that whenever I finish strongly in races, I look v upright in the pics, but when I struggle I look hunched up. I think when you are upright you can breath in more oxygen, so it helps from that perspective too.
I thought about getting my son to tailrun with me soon, so he can just enjoy running at the back and having a good chinwag.
Summer League 5 mile race in Perivale this morning. Was a bit apprehensive as this is where there was a huge industrial fire last night which took 100+ firemen to put out all night, but luckily all the smoke had gone. Scraped a 7-sec PB, with 32:40 and 1st lady. Had to miss the relays which was a shame but we had arranged to meet up with OH's family for lunch.
32:40 in Perivale 5 mile Summer League race. A PB and 1st lady again - maybe the smoke (which had actually all gone) put off the faster runners as wouldn't have come 1st last year with that time. Had to go for a family lunch out so missed the relays, but that's not a bad thing given my poor sprinting skills.
Need a cup of tea now before reading your race report Madbee. Hope you have recovered OK from yesterday.
Thanks Kenny, I tried pear and ginger earlier and that was nice!
Good luck to KK, Shades and Keith all racing this weekend.
ET - I've read that Goater book, some good tips in there. I mainly use a track for speedwork now, but in marathon training I used to do laps of a local park for tempo runs and that worked quite well.
I ran the local parkrun with my Max, my 8 yo this morning. He managed 23:02 which is over a minute off his PB. It's difficult with kids though, as I don't want him to only run it for a PB each week as he would obviously not manage it and would soon stop enjoying it. There was a girl of about 10 who we passed in the last mile and she was asking her dad if they could stop and he kept saying 'oh for goodness sake'. She then said that her leg hurt. Made me sad as she's a good runner but will stop enjoying it if her dad keeps pushing her like that.