shades - well done on a PB no matter how small a PB is a PB.
I went out for a long run today and consciously kept my speed down. I ran the first 8.2 miles at 8:15/mile which was such hard work and after a desperate pitstop i ran the remaining 6 miles at 7:53/mile so in total it was about 8min/mile and i found that tougher than going full speed...now for some rest... enjoy your sunday folks...
afternoon all...Hope things cool down later as i am beginning to get frustrated at this heat..(thermometer peaked at 32 deg) so pretty warm.. ill try take my camelbak out with me to stay hydrated..I have found this week a little tough as i have been a little stiff from sunday's race but i am itching to race again but i need to concentrate on training for chester..
Shades - how beneficial would 2 speed sessions in a week be. One on the track and the other a 10 mile series of threshold miles alternating between 6:20 and 6:00 per mile. it is a tough session but i have decided to try conquer the 3hr hurdle at Chester .
Shades - congrats on your season and course best..
As i mentioned before, Dartford half was sunday and it was a tough but enjoyable race..Was a good test as to where my training and fitness is and I can say i am happy that all is on course for chester!!
I woke up yesterday morning feeling a little apprehensive but excited at it was a race I had not run before. I did my usual pre race preparation of porridge and bananas with a hot strong coffee and got all my kit together ready to leave. Thankfully roads were quiet so it took us about 20 min to get to the event where I found the race HQ and collected my number. I did a lap or so of the park to warm up and stretch and headed to the start line. The mayor of Dartford was kind enough to get the race under way.
I was fairly well down the pack and was getting frustrated as the pace was Very slow as there was a bottleneck to get out of the park. soon enough though the course widened and i was able to pick up the pace and immediately started to climb the first hill. With hills being a strong point in my running I was able to power past other runners and when I reached the top the down hill was attacked with as much gusto.
by about 5 miles in i was completely on my own, I could see runners in the distance but there was no one else around me so I increased my pace to try catch the runners ahead. I caught upto them at 6.5 miles which was the start of another steep climb for about a mile. I passed them, and again i was on my own.Then came a much needed break from running up. A 3 mile stretch of downhill which allowed my legs to recover ready to tackle the last of the hills (which felt like climbing everest with high heels on) i reached the top and saw the 11mile marker to i knew i was almost home and thankfully the rest was all downhill..
I entered the park, did one lap of the park (still no other runners in sight), and then reached the 400m mark which was one lap of the track. My OH and son were waiting for me and I could hear my little boy shouting "GO DADDY GO". I crossed the line and collected my medal and much needed bottle of water and went to meet my family. Average pace 6:56/mile so happy with that..
All in all a tough race but highly recommended and i will be back next year.