Thanks Red, I'm hoping to continue improving my race times this year.
JJ, I ran our Solent Half Marathon last year in 1.42.58, so I suppose sub 4 hours is possible. I won't be doing any marathons this year though. The New Forest Marathon, where I got my PB of 3.12, and Half have been cancelled this year, so we are holding our Solent Half on that day which is 28th September. Entries are now open, and we are hoping to get our limit of 500 runners.
Tonight is our infamous hill session at Ipley Crossroads in the forest. There are 3 hills, and the sessions are different each time. Sometimes it is 3 continuous minutes up and down the same hill, and others could be running down one hill, up and down the second, up and down the third for 3 minutes. It could be something completely different this evening.
Exhausted, that was a very good marathon time. I know that I'll never get under 4 hours again. I agree with you that the noise of the crowd is off putting, that is the main reason that I have never, except for the first two years, wanted to run it. I find that when spectators clap and shout encouragement, it makes me want to go faster which for me is not a good thing. I do appreciate, however, that it is the crowd that keeps many runners going.
Matsmum, what a stressful day for you. Hope the yoga (I nearly typed yogurt) does the trick.
Ran a very pleasing 8 miles this morning over a hilly road route, in bright sunshine, but very cold, strong winds.
Matsmum, well done on your tempo run, some good mile splits there. Yes, I also felt like I could have run for ever. Pity every run isn't like that.
Last night's sprint session was held on grass, instead of the planned gravel trail, as so many club members turned up. I believe it is what's called the London Marathon Factor. We ran into a very strong wind, which made things much tougher. We ran four sets of 30, 45 and 60 seconds with 15 seconds longer run backs. There was an untimed recovery period between sets. Total mileage 6.5. I made a conscious effort to raise my knees and kick backs higher, which I think helped me to run faster. I certainly ran further on each sprint of the last set, but that could be because I take longer "getting into my stride."
Off for an easy road run soon in bright sunshine.
Exhausted, how did you get on on Sunday? We are keen to see your race report.
Surely you meant 17 minutes, which is a very good time and you deserved to start at the front. With a time of 1 hr 17 minutes, you should have started at the back of the field. Was it a parkrun? These are usually very friendly events and even if you were impeding the faster runners, they certainly shouldn't have pushed you out of the way. Take this as a lesson learned, and for your own and others safety, start in the field according to your ability.
JJ, thanks for that. I will try putting it into effective action this evening, when we have a sprint session comprising 4 sets of 30, 45, 60 secs.
Red, my next target Hampshire Road Race League race is the Alton 10 mile on 11th May. This is much hillier than the recent Salisbury 10 mile, so will probably be a slower time. I will be doing the parkrun on Saturday, and probably the first RR10 race on Wednesday evening 23rd April. This is at Netley and is three circuits round the park, including a stretch on the shingle along the beach. RR10 races are free and for club members only, club vests being compulsory. They are a series of 10 races, hosted by various clubs, are off road, and between 4 and 5 miles in length. I believe it was at last years Netley that I first met Diana, who was running for Totton.