I have some asics gel tarthers that I use for races. I can't say I've done a controlled experiment or anything, but they feel faster-the sensation of lighter feet when you put them on is fabulous. I guess you could say any benefit is part down to lighter feet and part down to the mental strength from feeling you have lighter feet. But I'd definitely go for it, try them in 5ks to start and then work up.
I'm also a parkrun tourist, even got to he faux parkrun in Moscow this morning. Done in exactly the same spirit, and the founder has visited them, but they're independent. Same sort of feel and a lovely flat out and back.
I've been in the stadium throughout, other than Thursday's morning session. Loved watching Farah, though it would be good to see him win one while having to belt it. Really looked, for about 2 minutes, like they were taking it on, but he left them to it and they slowed down, bizarre. O'Hare is made of the right stuff-did you see that shove he gave the French, much bigger, runner?! Nice contrast to the passivity of Baddeley et al.
Hi all, resident layabout here. I've not quite caught up, only up to page 1230, but up to there, good to see progression from BBB (nice sub 20, man!), DT, and I can't help but see phantom references to beards whenever WJH posts, even though I knew from the start it wasn't a picture of himself that he'd linked to.
I've had 5 weeks from Ireland, substantially easier than running in Ethiopia, and felt back to some sort of race sharpness, plus hit a long time goal in going under 30mins for 5miles. Even picked up a prize, because they're so generous out there. As I flagged at 3 miles a bus came past, 3 people in in who motioned me to slot in, I did and they carried me through. In that group, though, were 2nd and 3rd m45s, and 2nd m50, all of whom stayed ahead. Yet I was first m40, and prizes are done in 5 year bands, yay!
Since then I've moved on, caught the train to Moscow, via Copenhagen parkrun, and am now here for the world champs (watching). It is unbelievably cool, though I am in a privileged position because dad is working out here so I have a pass-most days sit right over the finish line, slightly different for the 100final. Took a photo in the iPod while watching and not looking at the screen; very pleased with how it came out:
Just a quickie, Pittsy, to echo Mr V's thoughts - my 10k was slower than yours (though, macho ego massage alert, not by much) and yet I'm thinking that I'm getting close to sub 18 pace. I think you'll bash one this year. I had a few last year and would love to get back there.
19.00 at Ally Pally parkrun for me this weekend, had a fun race (the event may not be one, but I was most definitely racing/encouraging the youngster ahead) probably not worth much under 18:30 on a flat course but that's still a step along from where I was, and I think (hope) I'm advancing week by week thanks to some good training.
Thanks for the good wishes all - and keep the "luckiest b*****d" style comments coming, Duck!
Good training there, TomK. At this point I'd look at that progression as a huge morale booster, and ideally zero in on it being a bit more consistent, even if the average is slower, with a shorter recovery. But for working out where you are and what you can do, that looks great. Same for you, BBB. I hope you have a training log (probably should know that) and that you keep a record of those splits - I think there will come a point, even if it's a year or so away, where you look back and go cor, look at that, I'm well over 30 seconds quicker than I used to be over a k rep.
Sorry to have missed you on Sunday, Simon. Didn't see anyone during the race, really, other than the 3 clubmates running the opposite way to us to give a cheer. Those dogs! They were certainly running alongside, though not in front, at least not of me, albeit looking like they were going to. Credit to the - obviously taken by surprise - owner, she didn't say a word against us, just concentrated on getting the dogs under control. Not particularly well, but I think that's fair enough - I can accept these things don't work perfectly, so long as no one looks to deflect blame etc.
Trained with my local (for now) club last night, 15x200m up a shallow hill. Very tough, hanging off the back, then did a slow exploratory 12m today. Tomorrow's another training session - this club offer 'training' twice a week, and I'm determined to keep at it till I head to Ireland at the end of the month. I've run with two clubs for short periods, not stuck at the training and then watched my pace-peers head on to faster things, so I'd like to keep pace if I can this time!