Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire XC Champs for me today. Tough course, lots of up and downhill, and pretty cold. Long story short, I had an absolute horror show. Lost to people I've never lost to, or even been close to losing to, before, including AG's very own nemesis. Don't know what's going so badly wrong, but I think I'm going to steer clear of racing until I'm able to pull some kind of form together, assuming I can do that - I realise that's a bit precious, but every time I race it's knocking my confidence further. Oh well, it's a run out at least.
Bus, it was a consultant-sponsored external meeting. We haven't been allowed food at Council meetings since about 2008.
SG, I suppose I should start my answer by saying that McMillan can predict me a 2:30 marathon all he wants, but it ain't gonna happen any time soon. Whereas you use MP as a theoretical zone, I have run marathons, and, despite what I should be running, I've never actually run one faster than 6:07 pace.
Prior to my half PB, I was doing these long tempos of 10-12 miles at around 5:50 pace, but I'm not in that kind of shape right now, and I don't really need to be getting anywhere near a peak until February. The focus right now is just on building up the miles and getting reasonable sessions under my belt rather than trying to force myself into top form with big sessions too early.
Simon – congrats on being the fastest old man on the mud in Old London Town.
Bus, sorry to hear that Herbert’s Hole was windy… Good racing nonetheless.
AG, very well done on finally beating James, he’s been running pretty well over the last year or so, so a good marker. I think I know who the ‘child’ was, he’s got an 8:51 3000m to his name, so not too shabby as kids go.
Good stuff at the cross country as well Pete
Never mind Dean, hopefully you’ve got all your bad luck out of the way in one race.
Nice halfs in the wind PMJ and CC82, sounds like there’s a couple of minutes in those.
Congrats on your first bit of international action PP, and nice medalling work too. Good to be so close to making the scoring positions on your debut. Fantastic experience, I only hope I can be in the kind of shape to run that stuff when I hit the 40s in a couple of years.
As for me, work and home is a bit mental at the moment with a combination of big deadlines and trying to get my youngest's bedroom sorted out, but managed to quietly up my mileage back into the 70s on a regular basis. 12 with 10 @ MP on Monday (59:40), and my first 20 since early 2014 today - 7:04 pace in what can only be described as a stiff breeze. Made the mistake of doing it along the Thames, which made the first westwards half a little tricky, particularly when I ran directly into it on the exposed meadows that make up part of the Reading parkrun course, whilst my feet were at the same time slipping on the mud. Incredibly, those were two of the quickest miles of the run, must have been overcompensating. No track tonight, as I have to go and give a talk for work. Hopefully I will get some free food.