So Lou and I booked a babysitter so we could both do the same race last night (and we made the most of "date night" by going for a curry afterwards). Stratford Summer 6. It was hot so felt like hard work but early on in the race I settled into 3rd place behind my clubmate and there I stayed. Ran 39:48 so a nearly 4 minute PB (since my last 6 mile race in 2013) and won twenty quid for 3rd lady. Didn't beat Lou though. Made the mistake of ordering my curry too hot though.
If 14 miles feels ok, Muddy, you're def on the way. Especially with no drink and escapee gels in the heat.
We had our annual Interclub race this evening (4 local clubs). Our club were hosting and as it happens our men's captain is a farmer and so we had it on the farm he works at. So a 2 lap, 5 mile course all off road over farmland - lots of rutty, ankle breaking potential and some tough climbs that you had to do twice. Fun and games. I was third lady and our club won overall and the ladies team also won. Men's team second. Tough though!
I managed to procure some vouchers today so might go and try some on.
Nice parkrunning, Charlie. Have you got any more races in?
Ran Northbrook 10k today which I'd expected to do quite well in. Although it's really quite undulating the profile goes up and down to a peak at about 7k and then a fast downhill finish. Having done it in 2013 and come in about a minute faster than at the Two Castles a month previous I fancied my changes for at least a PB. Wasn't to be though. Legs just didn't seem to have the power on the climbs that I needed. Bit muggy. Headwind on the downhill bits. Just wasn't on today. Came in around 42:03, quite far from where I wanted to be. Finished 6th lady (3rd from my club though) but got the V35 prize and the team prize. So some salvage.
In a fit of impatience yesterday at Ikea I took the stairs (5 flights) rather than wait for the lift. Maybe tired my legs? And then hoiked a load of heavy flatpack around. Certainly tweaked my back a bit so maybe that. I dunno. The HM training plan starts tomorrow though so that will be more of the focus and the races can just replace tempo runs.
No, because I don't think they combine results as you have to be in the same race as someone to have "beaten" them. But anyway I beat him once in an Interclub 10k race in 2013 when he was coming back from injury. To be fair it's really rare we're ever in the same race! I think Lou will go quite a lot faster when he hasn't got a cold. Also I think he needs to go out a bit more aggressively to get out in a good position and then just hang on from there. So my coaching will be the same as for XC - go out like an idiot, hang on and hope you don't die. Because otherwise you'll get stuck. By the time it's really awful you've got less than a lap to go. 1500m again next month