The site seem to have settled down again thank goodness.
John, I'd be pleased with that time if I were you, especially as you don't really train for the longer distance. An average pace of under 8 minute miles has to be good. You're right about the quality of the field though. I'd expect you to have a higher age category placng than that. I wonder if last year's race was part of a Masters' championship, which would explain the larger oldies numbers. I've come across that before and different races are chosen each year.
busbar, you need time to recover from that half marathon and tough track session. Take it easy for a while. You've earned a rest.
Track session this morning and not too different to Busbar's last night. My times were a bit quicker but a) I hadn't done a HM a couple of days before and b) we didn't do a 1600 between the two sets of 4 x 400. Very tough session from you Busbar!
So, 8 x 400 in two sets of 4. One minutes rest between 400s and four minutes between sets.
WD60, no point in exhausting yourself. Listening to one's body is a big part of what it's all about.
Mick, back on the old treadmill then. Hopefully you'll still be able to get out properly during the winter when conditions aren't too bad.
TS, good run and even better beer!
John, good luck for Sunday if I'm not on here before then.
Columba, you did your bit marshalling and at least you got away fairly soon. I was talking to a marshal at the XC on Saturday afternoon who had been out in the cold weather since 8:30 that morning. I did thank him.
Busbar, yes, disappointing for Spurs fans. I was at St James Park when we played you in the final game of the season. To beat you 5-1 was one of the craziest results ever. Sissoko was the driving force behind our performance that day but most Toon fans would agree with me that you're welcome to him. He couldn't be bothered most of the time and we're doing very well with a set of players who actually want to play for the team thanks very much.
TS. interesting and reassuring that you had the same experience. I'm sure that if I hadn't raced so soon after the jab, I would have said there was no reaction whatsoever. I've not had the jab before and wasn't planning to this year, but we're going on a cruise in February and my wife said she'd kill me if I didn't have the jab and got flu just before we were due to go. I took her literally!
John, I had two falls in quick succession a couple of years ago. Hopefully, like me, you'll not have another one for ages (that's done it....)
Busbar, congratulations for not only keeping up with the pacer but actually finishing well ahead. I'm not surprised you're happy with that. Well done.
I had an interesting cross-country race yesterday. You may remember that the over-65 men now run the shorter distance with the women and that in the first race of this season I had a battle with another male runner who I managed to beat with a stronger finish. Today we were at it again and it was neck and neck most of the way.
Then a funny thing happened which I've never experienced before. I was still just in front of him with about three-quarters of a mile to go when I suddenly lost all energy and my legs went quite wobbly. He passed me and from that point I was really struggling to finish, stopping to walk for a few strides, something I've never done before in a race.
During most of the race I'd felt fine, although running hard to try to beat my rival was never easy. I drove home trying to explain what had happened. Had I run too hard and completely mis-judged the pace and just run out of steam? Were last weekend's 10K and a windy track session mid-week still in my legs? Neither really seems to explain it from previous experience.
I was still pondering it when I got home and then remembered. I's had the flu jab the previous day. I'm now sure that was it. Under normal conditions, even going for a training run, I reckon I wouldn't have noticed any difference but putting my body under such a strain in a hard race was just too much in the end. Anyway, I felt fine after a few minutes rest after the race and still do, so no harm done but I'm having a rest today just in case.