Red, I will also be upping my mileage, as one of the ladies that ran with me this morning has entered the Bournmouth Marathon which is in October. I have agreed to run her long runs with her, to help her get her miles in. This will also help me for the Club's Solent Half Marathon in September, where I hope to get 1st in the male 65+
We ran 9 miles in the forest this morning at a steady pace and it was a bit cooler than yesterday.
JB, very wise not attempting the parkrun. Much better not starting than DNF.
I ran 8 miles in the forest this morning, starting out at 11.10 and therefore running under the mid day sun. Who said mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun. I incorporated four 60 second sprints (2 outward and 2 return) and a hard 7th mile which included running up one of the hills we use in our hill reps sessions.
Red, well done doing your run and back by 6am. You must have got up very early.
Red, pushing harder up hills will bring great benefits. You will get stronger which will enhance your endurance and stamina. As you know, I'm a great advocate for hill work and it works for me. I'm guessing that you're plotting an endurance race for your 60th, but will keep it a secret until after the event.
JB, I agree with you on age related results. When you are 60, you will enter into a new category and will be the youngest, giving you more chance of featuring in the top 3, and of course, having a new WAVA. I find that continuing to try to break back into the 80% ratings is keeping me motivated. I find age breaks very frustrating, and JJ will back me up on this. Most races have 60+ and 70+ which means that when you get to the upper limits of the category, you are running against runners nearly 10 years younger, giving you no chance of a prize. You do, however, have the consolation of calculating your WAVA, so if good, will compensation for race position. In my parkruns, my WAVA's are usually higher than the first placed runner, so this gives me the reassurance that age related, I'm maintaining similar standards to when I was at my peak. Hope your parkrun this morning goes well.
Another bright sunny morning with temperatures forecast up to 29 degrees. I'm off for a forest run soon, and will probably turn it into a fartlek session, but with longer recoveries than usual.