Mick, it's amazing the daft things we do isn't that then mean we can't run; mine was lifting a fridge with builder and hurting my knee 3 years ago now, wow time flies.
John, great Parkrun - that time is coming !!
You asked about Lakeside as you'll see from the link that course is a bit convoluted but there are now sharp bends, it's not pancake flat just an incline in the 2nd and 5th K .
NZC what a great performance in the marathon when you weren't in training for it, you must be very strong mentally to run it without the training.
Yesterday I ran the Southsea Parkrun for the first time since our return, 4 weeks ago, to the original course. We had a strong wind in our face on the way out, I tried to stay relaxed and went out at about 8:20 on the way back I managed to get a really good rhythm going with the wind and came back at 7 pace. Finished and Garmin said 22:18, I was amazed until I notice the course was short by 0.21 of a mile However, the race director uprated all the times so my official time is 23:58, which I'm pleased with as it's the first time for a year that I've dipped under 24. Race director said he'd "refund" the entry fee's for anyone who wasn't happy !!
Today ran a wet and windy 14 miles, including two laps of the ladies 5m route which has some lumps in it. I think I might use this route for my long runs and just add in extra loops as the lumps will help leg strength and the repetition the mental side.
John the reason I joined my current club was that I had a choice of two "speed" sessions a week, I don't run any other sessions at the moment with them, and feel this is beneficial. Certainly I ran my best times at my old club when running with a group on speed work.
JJ that sounds like a good target to me
The Lakeside ( Promenade as was) 5k series started on Wednesday evening, 24:20 which wasn't too bad just a couple days after the half and choosing the run pre-race meal as for most of mile two I wasn't sure it was staying put - sorry too much info. It gives me a good base to work from for the next 4 races.
Today was an undulating 9m run at 9.11 pace which I was pleased at. It'll be a short run tomorrow and then I'll see how the wind blows on Saturday before deciding whether to "race" or run the Parkrun on Saturday.
Survived the half, but came back to loads of Facebook comments on our club page that one of runners had been seen running with Paula and the Steve Cram mentioned him and the club, caused a stir
Graham what a great return to the 5k and fantastic age grading, brilliant.
Well best laid plans and all that, start happens and they all go out the window so I wasn't quiet sure what state I'd end up. The stats can be seen here. The first mile or so was horrendous with too many pinch points and then we headed off to the first hill, well bridge actually, at mile 4 which we went over and then back over it was quiet sharp on the first ascent but a nice descent on the way back.
At this point I was running at 8 mm pace after a couple of 7:44's. Miles 7 thru 10 had some significant ups, particularly 8 & 10 where I adopted the run/walk strategy so were somewhat slower. Mile 11 was downhill so recovered the pace but 12 and 13 were a struggle at 8:23 pace - finished as one tired bunny in 1:46:30 and AG of 67.47%.
Before I went away I wanted sub 2, but thought I might (on a good day) get 1:50. Last week I felt some of the Portugal mileage was paying off as the legs felt stronger so thought I might eek out a 1:48 so where 1:46 came from not quite sure but not complaining.
Great news that knee isn't damaged Mick and hopefully that will enable you to get back running again.
Likewise good to hear that TS's back injury isn't "serious" but obviously still some investigation to after your test this morning.
John you are now so often in the 21's that it will soon happen, most probably when you don't expect it.
Over and since Easter I've managed to keep the mileage at just under 30 miles a week despite a number of distractions.
So far this year we have gone from engaged daughter to no engaged children to one son and now step daughter both announcing engagements. Just to make matters "worse" they are both getting married next year, Darrell on 23 April and Hannah on 23 July - Liz and I are really pleased as they both make lovely couples. Hannah did cause a bit of emotion yesterday when she asked me to walk her down the aisle, which I am delighted and very proud to do although it does spoil the wicked step father image I've worked so hard on !!
Tomorrow see's me running the Southampton Half, in a very fetching pink and orange vest advertising our adoption services at Hampshire. This, together with the Lakeside 5k on Wednesday, will form the base point from which to build my marathon training plan.
Marathon madness struck again, after Darrell finished Brighton in 4:43 after a very difficult last 8 miles, I signed up for the 2016 edition. I've justified it to myself by saying it gives me two chances to get a GFA for VLM in 2017.
Mick, blimey you certainly go the whole hog. Hope all the ailments are sorted asap.
Graham glad you had a good holiday.
At the moment I'm knackered from tracking youngest son, Darrell, round Brighton - would have been less tiring running it !! He did great to halfway, OK to 30km and then the wheels fell off big time, it appears besides his football training he'd only done 200 mile training. However, he finished in 4:43 - proud Daddy !!