Sounds like an excellent LSR/race AR and a very good time for not racing.
KR - Congrats to little KR. I heard about that trip on Radio Leicester. Same races targeted as me. I also use Cooks Lane for hill reps. Only race issue is a potential session at a 20/20 match the day before Prestwold. Hoping to duck out of all day drinking in the hope of another PB!!
Gul - Cracking early doors running. I remember the joke. Pleased it was only a joke!!!
Good luck with your racing Speedy and Jools (nice warm-up..18miles!!!)
Hope all goes well tomorrow OO and all went well today Keir.
Good session Blisters. If you are locking your bike make sure you remember the key/combo!!!
10 mile x-country run for me this morning which ended up as just over 12 miles as I am crap at navigating and working out how far it is to get home. Nice run though!!
KR - Impressive 7 mile time. I take it your races are Prestwold, Watermead, Huncote & JF10? I should see you at most if not all of those. Why doesn't the Hungarton 7 feature on that list
PMJ - Reading back through your posts yesterday and your stats gloom. When you started in June 2011 I am right to say that you were not coming back from a period of injury? You are coming back into form very strongly at present so nothing to worry about at present. You have plenty of time to improve the 5mins over the marathon without smashing your shorter distance PBs. I ran VLM 10 mins slower this year but have lowered PBs in both of my races since. You never know but I may have the same aim next year if I can get through this one injury-free .
5.5 miles for me this morning with 7x random hill sprints varying from 200 to 800m and varying inclines. All paced between 5.25-5.32m/m except for the last long one on the steepest hill which was at 5.44 pace. Trying to focus on at least one session a week of good quality hill speedwork to strengthen my legs.
Swithland 6m league race today. After one very short run since returning from holiday I was not too hopeful of having the endurance to beat my 35.59 PB. However, always up for a test I decided to go off too quickly (as usual) and ticked off the downhill first mile in 5.40. Then comes a flatter section followed by a long uphill drag over a pitted pathway which means losing time due to dodging potholes. Mile 2 done in 6.01 and mile 3 in 6.17 (mostly pitted path).
Mile 4 was mainly downhill so opened up my legs a little and found a "comfortable" 5.43 from somewhere. Mile 5 is flat so tried to continue the same hard effort and overtook two guys in front and closed up on a few more (5.54).
The final mile starts flat but then rises for half a mile until a final downhill 400 metres. I picked off two more on the flat section and then a group of four on the uphill section before turning to sprint for home. The final mile completed in 5.48 for a watch time of 35.23, 35th place and a 36sec PB.
Very happy with the result and the way my legs held out, even though my HR was higher than usual. Bodes well for a summer of shorter distances.
Evening all. Back from a two week holiday consisting of no running and so much food I've put on half a stone!!! Today's 6 mile league race was likely to go one of two ways (excellent with rested legs/falling apart after 3 miles). I'll post a report in a bit.
Only had a selective read back as so many pages gone by in the past fortnight.
Speedy - Excellent marathon PB. All of the hard work you put in gave a thoroughly deserved outcome. Definitely capable of sub-3 when fully healthy.
Brilliant Bike-It, especially given the recent lurgy. It's on my bucket list but only when I can convince Mrs H of the extra time away training!!
Well raced yesterday Ant and today AR; and good parkrunning by KR & Gul.
A different way to run a marathon RFJ. Saw the photos on FB. Looked fun!!