That does sound a bit hectic Phil. What's it like when you have raced in America? Much the same at the smaller events?
Small time club racing in America is pretty much the same as UK, but big time racing is nothing like UK. Americans are big and brash and much more show-time, so there is a whole load of hollering and yahooing and back slapping for a race that is generally much lower quality. You have to applaud them for getting out of their couches and taking part in some sort of sport but it is just a small step on the ladder and a "well done old boy" would suffice.
I wonder if the pattern of someone on this thread will be repeated?
For those who don't know, the pattern is, go all quiet for several days, sneak off somewhere and race without telling anyone first, then come back bouncing like 'Tigger' if they pb but hope that no one noticed if they didn't.
So, Sunday is Marlow Half. No SG on the advanced entry list but probably worth opening a book on it anyway.
DNS, DNF or time.
I'm putting my money on 1:21.
Of course I'm making trouble: have to fill in the gaps when RicF pauses for breath. SG loves me for that.
I definitely think that as I get older I have to concentrate more on recovery and on differentiation. I did a long spell this summer of 40 odd mile weeks which were basically 6 similar runs. It was only when I went back to a more structured plan with long runs, tempo etc and then recovery days between that the form came back. I used to be able to do pretty much what I wanted and things worked out but now I have to think a bit more. The biggest thing may be accepting that fast miles have moved form 6 minute miles to 6:30 and so what used to be 7:30 recovery runs were at fast + 90 seconds so they now need to be 8:00.
Odd spell of running for me. I did Cabbage Patch 10 miles 9 days ago which was a planned hard race and I was happy with that. Went to New York and got a bit carried away in Central Park on the Monday after so did 10 at 7:30 which isn't fast but was not a recovery run, and then I knew I was out for a few days with long haul flights so backed it up with a couple more runs that also weren't recovery runs. Two days off on Thursday and Friday (but not rest, one all day flight and one decorating) and then parkrun which I did in 20 minutes (so 6:25 pace) and then a club champs run on Sunday which was almost 9 miles at 6:28 pace off a suicidal start (this was a dead rubber for me so I had to follow the leaders in the hope of a win and I paid for it with a 3rd overall when I should have had a chance at 2nd).
So really no surprise: a hard race and then no real recovery and a few more hard runs and 22 miles at race pace in 8 days and yesterday and today my legs feel heavy and slow. Need to get it into my mind to accept a cutback week (I am off to Cambridge for several fancy dinners at the weekend) and then come back strong for a 10k in November.