ES - I get that sometimes, it just doesn't feel smooth/natural. Sounds like it's cleared now though.
Not such a good run last night (perhaps not surprising). We were in 3rd place after the first leg and I was running leg 2. I set off about 25s after SC2 who was in 2nd place. I never quite felt "right" but worked as hard as I could and think I roughly held the gap, or maybe lost a couple of seconds. Time was around 9:14 I think but wasn't wearing a watch so that's just based on looking at the finish clock and deducting the time our first runner said he'd done.
We overtook SC2's team after that but ended up in 3rd - 1st place was Bedford with a very strong team, and then 2nd place was also Bedford with a team that had one slower runner and then I think the other 4 were guys who had also run in their A team! So they won't count for prizes and I think we will be given 2nd, and first in the county champs (being in a different county to Bedford).
SC2 - I thought it might have been her. She must have enjoyed drafting me - not many people of my size to slipstream in most of the races she does! I did notice you were very wide for a lot of the race but there wasn't much you could do about it at that point. You probably ran at least 1,530m!
Blimey Dan, that looks a bit sketchy. At least it was dry, I certainly wouldn't want to do that in the wet.
TT - sounds like you're doing enough to tick over and I've no doubt you can make some massive gains in those 8 weeks.
Well, I don't know where my good form has come from but I had a great run last night. 35mpw with not much other than running with the dog seems to be working well for me, on the shorter stuff at least. I've done quite a bit of racing, so maybe that is helping.
My wife wanted to get out of the house for a while (she's already bored of being on maternity leave!) so came to watch and seemed to enjoy it. We watched the fast 3,000m race (won by Andy Baddeley in 7:58 with a young Tonbridge guy right behind him, then about 15 others under 8:20), then registered and went home for a bit. Came back at 8:30 to watch the last few 1500 races - looked like SC2 had a decent run but looked in a bit of pain in the last 200m!
My mate and I were in the last 3,000m race which ended up starting at about 9:50pm. To be honest conditions were absolutely perfect so had no excuses really - the only problem was the large number of runners, about 25 I think and all having an estimated time within about 45s of each other. So I lined up right near the outside to get a cleaner first lap but was on the 2nd row.
I ran the first 400m or so in lane 2 but at least was avoiding the clipping of heals that I saw on the inside. First lap was 70s which was perfect, then 800m in 2:21, then 1km in 2:56 at which point it had stretched out a bit and I was on the inside in single file. I remember thinking at that point that it was absolutely perfect for a fast time - nice conditions, I'd started at the right pace and was just following others going at the pace I wanted. The next km was fairly uneventful, just holding 71s and actually feeling OK - working hard but felt strong. Went through 2km in 5:54 and thought a PB was on as that only needed 3:01 for the last km.
With 800m to go I started to try to push on a bit, although in reality I probably only picked up to 70s, but was catching a few people. At the bell the clock said 7:41, so I knew I had a PB at that point and it was just a case of how fast I could go. At 600m to go I had passed my mate who holds the club record of 8:51, so thought that might be on.
Just to keep you in suspense, I don't actually know the final time yet as the clock stopped on the first runner (8:3x), but my wife timed it at 8:50, so it is probably somewhere in the 8:50/51 range. I asked my mate afterwards what the exact club record was and he said 8:51.99 so I should have beaten that, but hopefully it's more like 8:50 (8:4x would be amazing).
Interestingly with 800m to go a lady pulled alongside me which took me a bit by surprise. I don't know who she was but she finished in about 8:54 which is the 4th fastest by a British woman this year.
SC2 - yep, see you later. I think I'm going to register at about 6pm, watch the fast 3,000m at 6:45pm then go home for a couple of hours. Will aim to get back around 8:45pm for the fast 1500s (maybe inc. yours). I'm guessing they will run way over time as usual and I probably won't be running until about 10pm!
We've got a decent team out tomorrow evening so should be competitive but will see which other clubs get decent teams out.