SK - you're dead right. I think 10Ks are the toughest of all the distances. It is definitely like two 5Ks back to back. You are for sure getting there and you will definitely make it, probably much sooner than you think!
Wow, 100m on a 5K is quite a chunk!
I haven't done sub 19 for 5K yet. Did 19:03 and 19:02 (current PB) but neither were anywhere near when I ran sub 40. At that time I was doing about 19:22. That's at Orpington which is quite a tough course though.
Yes I should get a snazzy T-shirt but I think there's a backlog at the moment so no idea when I'll get it. Just nice to make the milestone. Malcs Jr. claims he's done 51 because I apparently 'deliberately' forgot his barcode one day.
sense - I'm finding that my 5K, 10K and half paces are getting closer as time goes on. 5K is about 6:10 and the last half I ran was 6:30 with 10K somewhere in between.
Malcs Jr. is 13 and currently a hormonal nightmare. His PB is just over 22 mins but his times vary a lot. I think children struggle with the mental side of distance running. They are not disciplined enough to hold back at the start and they fold too easily in the middle and towards the end.
I've run with him a few times to help him pace it better. Once he masters that he should be able to go even faster.
Keep us posted on the scan.
Angela - your photo link isn't showing here but the click through works - wow, that is one dangerous looking bit of bling!
Heading out earlier today as it's already boiling here. I'm sweating just sitting down!
Sense - good to hear that the calf has improved. That abdominal issue sounds weird though. I hope the scan will help identify what it is.
Core work is painful for sure but it really does help. I did a load when I was doing the comp and I really believe it made a big difference.
Is it the Sri Chinmoy series at Battersea that you're talking about? I did two of those last year. They are excellent races - very well organised, great value and more or les flat. I was planning to do a couple this year but my 10K training got off to a slow start and the only 10K they have there before TR24 is this Saturday. Don't think I'm ready for that
The others are all 5Ks. Maybe I'll see if I can get up for one of those. Have you booked any yet?
SK - wow, well done on your racing! Awesome to bag a few victories as well!
Sub 40 10K tip: find a flat (preferably downhill) course Joking aside, clearly you're almost there. You only need to run 3 secs a mile faster - that's nothing. Lots of intervals seemed to help me when I was going for it last year. Consistent sub 20 5K's definitely helps with confidence too.
Freemers - excellent PB and congrats on the bling!
Not bad for someone who's "not doing much right now"
I would love to joint the bling off but sadly I am blingless
Chicksta - lol, love the digital detox!
Great to hear you're feeling better now. Surely you are due a decent run of good health now. You've had it pretty rough over the last year. Here's hoping you have an illness and injury free run in to Bremen!
I've had my first two weeks of full training since the spring and I'm starting to feel like I'm getting back into it. Did my 50th parkrun on Saturday with Malcs Jr. (also on his 50th). Season's best of 19:21 so pretty pleased with that. Not looking forward to training today and tomorrow in the heat!
Tim - I dunno how they work it with GFA. I've never heard of anyone who had a valid qualifying time being turned down which would suggest that there isn't a limit. There are no details about what the acceptance criteria are other than the qualifying time.
If that's correct, and there is no limit, then I guess it will impact on the number of available ballot places. However, I'm sure they set the qualifying times in order to let in an expected number of qualifiers. That is bound to be calculated based on years of past experience.
In short, I don't think the GFAs will have much of an impact on the ballot places.
Great stuff on the guide running! DS2 used to do that and he thought it was brilliant.
What was your conclusion on Salazar?
Sense - many thanks! You can borrow my flag any time
Have you not entered the ballot then? Or did you enjoy supporting so much that running VLM comes a lowly second place now?
Sorry to hear about the niggles, what are they? Are you having treatment?
Mr P - damn achilles! Hope it sorts itself by Sunday.
Mr P - lol - we were a pretty gruesome looking bunch
Tim - I do feel for you. It's hard enough dealing with running related injuries but something freaky like that is tough.
Baby steps as you say. You will get there - you have before. I hate being patient so I am definitely on rocky ground dishing out this sort of advice.
At least you can run, painful though it may be. It would be a lot worse if you were on doctors orders to rest up completely. Each run should get a bit easier. Keep chipping away.
Re. the GFA entry, it's not a secret, it's on the VLM website under 'how to enter'. They had been reporting there that application entries would open in mid-June. I believe you have until 24th July to apply, be accepted and pay for entry.
Gingermagic - the magic is back! Blimey, that NDW sounds like torture. You're certainly going for it on the ultra front. 100K! You're a crazy man
I will keep my fingers crossed for you in the ballot. With the new system this year letting more people into the draw I would imagine places will be even harder to come by. Really hope you make it!
Oxon White - if you follow the plan to the letter then yes, I believe they are all intended to be done at full 5K pace so feel free to go for it!