Ollie, I hope parkrun went to plan, enjoy the long run tomorrow
Sub17, well done good going after your marathon
Cal, to be honest sometimes you just can't put in the performance you would expect, just keep doing the sessions, eat well and get plenty of sleep, the improvements will come,
First run in almost a fortnight, it went ok no pain in the back of the knee but the Achilles is still a little niggly in the first half mile, but it is a lot better than it was, a few easy training days should see me right, along with the stretching
good luck racers this weekend, I am looking forward to the reports
some quality training and racing already this week, unfortunately nothing from me, I have picked up an injury to my popliteus muscle at the back of the knee so no running since Monday, very frustrating to say the least, I am hopeful I won't be out of action for too long, but I won't be rushing back and risking a longer stint out.
Another week another race, I think I have probably raced more this spring than I did for the whole of 2015. It was another glorious day in the Highlands, the sun was out and not a cloud in the sky and a lovely cooling breeze. A 2pm start, which seems to be the norm up here, which meant I would be running at the hottest point of the day, I decided to wear a cap for the first time to see if this would help keep the sun off and the sweat out of the eyes. Arriving just after 1pm I got registered and went for a short warm up before, just about 2 miles, which is just about right for me. The plan if there was one was to go out at a comfortable pace and not worry about others passing, it was a very small event I think there was only around 80 for the 10 mile race, a lot more for the family 5k which went off after we did.
At 2pm sharp we were sent on our way, the first mile went by fairly easily, it was very warm for me but I felt a lot more in control this week, 8:12. Running along a farm road with a few twisty bits a few locals out on their sun loungers drinking pims in the sun, a little slower in the second mile I put that down to walking through the first water station 8:27. Mile three was a bit more rolling but I did enjoy this section and caught and overtook a few, 7:59. The breeze was now at coming in from the side and it felt nice and cooling but I knew I was due to turn into it for the first time 8:13. Mile 4 was into the breeze it felt okay and I could see the fun runners ahead turning down the same lane we done earlier, half way now 8:10. Turning right and a gentle descent and then some flat over the next half mile or so I took on a gel, more for the placebo effect and turning right again just before the 6 mile marker 8:18. It was starting to feel tough now the breathing was a little laboured but I just tried to keep the tiring legs turning over, another right turn and another rolling section of road 8:13. Another half mile and it was back onto the same road we came down through miles 5, turning right again and up a short hill, the legs were struggling now but I got to the top and maintained the effort, two miles to go 8:34. Mile 9 was the slowest, it was hard on the legs more than anything up the final incline before getting back into the town 8:43. The final mile, I got a bit of second wind coming back in but could reel anyone back in, I was running by myself from around half way, the run back onto the High Street was good there were still a good few 5k fun runners out and the crowds were very supportive, final mile in 7:43, it measured 0.95, so around 8:05 pace. Finish time of 1:22:32 on the watch and a small PB, around 30 seconds.
Another good event and I hope one day to actually like racing in the sun.