DT - you finished bang on the same time as my clubmate, Carolyn. I'll ask her if she was running next to a mental guy shouting and dry heaving next time I see her. I'm sure she'll remember. I think I would. I'm not sure how you have the breath to roar. I'm trying to inhale through my eyeballs and bumhole at that point in a race.
Hello. Sorry I've been away for ages. My foot is more or less better but I seem to have misplaced my mojo and not been doing a fat lot. Then I raced the Interclub in July. Which was horrible and slow. Then I lost even more mojo so still did hardly any training. But it was my birthday last week and there was a race on it. So I did that. Rowheath 5k. I managed a pedestrian 22.50. But...it was slightly less horrible than before and I found myself exceedingly irritated to be overtaken by the girl who I'd raced against at Hilly. So maybe some competitive urge reawakened?
So anyway I decided to stop pissing about and do some proper training. Which saw me heading to the park for a 4x800m interval session on Friday and a 12m long run on Sunday. The first proper sessions since before the marathon! Thus prepared I thought I might enter Godiva 5 since Lou is injured and not doing it. Determined not to go off too fast and with few expectations I managed 36.15. Which isn't all that far off my 5m PB. So just need to sort my head out and get back on it. Kids have been off school/nursery for the summer which makes everything much harder to fit in. But back to work in a couple of weeks so there should be a return of structure.
Nice to bump into DT afterwards. I could barely breathe at that point though!
Right, going to attempt to catch up on all the thread shenanigans. I could be some time.
Lit - there were 4 teams in the interclub. All except one got a full team out. We are around 200 members I think. Think we got about 25 ladies racing? Quite nice because a lot of the people scoring aren't particularly quick so much more inclusive than usual.
Nah, no team medal, sadly, Skinny. I think I was 9th counter or something out of 15! The marathon plan is very good for making you fit anyway so will probably work in any case, was just curious as to your reasoning. You'll probably be fine in your 10k if you pace sensibly and try and pick it up later. My head was just all in the wrong place anyway.
Congratulations to Muddy on MORE prizes! Flying at the moment!
Skinny - I thought the thinking was that slower runners should train for a half as if it were a marathon and quicker runners (i.e you) should train as if it were more like a 10k and then just hang on? I've been looking at the P&D half plan for the next few weeks and think I might follow that one.
Last nights Interclub race did not go well. I'd decided to do it despite not being race fit yet because I thought it would sub for a tempo run, be a good social and I may still earn some points for the team despite being a bit slow. I guess I did meet these objectives but can't say the actual "racing" part was much fun.
On Weds afternoon I decided I feel like I was possibly coming down with something - headache and the beginnings of a sore throat but took two paracetamol and womaned up. Arrived at the venue and chatted with clubmates for a while before handing over the kids to Lou (who'd already taken the opportunity to get a quick run in). Based on Saturdays parkrun I thought 7:30 mm might be ok. So in a fit of crass stupidity I ran the first mile at sub 7mm pace and then my legs fell off. Limped around the remaining 5.2, progressively slowing every mile, wanting to lie at the side of the road and cry. Finally crossed the line in 47:58.
On the plus side our ladies team won and I'll have been a counter I think as it was first 15. And I feel like crap today with a streaming cold so there is some explanation for my poor showing. To be honest I don't really know what I was expecting given I haven't done any speedwork since the marathon and a month off due to injury.
I'm hoping to do BRAT 5k on 12th August (my birthday) and a 10k the following weekend but hopefully I will have got my act together a bit by then.