That's a real shame when you had big targets for this Autumn DT!
Excellent long run there Dan! Good to see things progressing well for Dublin.
Victory 5 yesterday and can't have too many complaints having got a time I pretty much expected (31:09).
Pre race was interesting bumping into former club mates, if a little surreal when being dragged into their club photo for the race! All good banter though and nice to see many of them! Also had a pre-race mishap with the realisation I'd left the Garmin at home. However, there were enough local rivals to run with so it wasn't too hard to judge the pace (and shouldn't be what with a fair few years of running now). I also managed to drop my Samsung mobile (the £15 quid cheap brick type) at the first km point in an attempt to check my split at this point. I get laughed at for having one of these but despite being trodden on and previous times where it has been dropped in water, etc, it lives to see another day having been found later on! However, lesson learnt in that it really isn't worth compensating for a forgotten Garmin in this way...besides I honestly don't think in my experience that running with or without a watch makes much difference either way.
Without splits it's a little harder to split the race up into whether I ran faster or slower at the start/latter stages although do think I had one of my normal faster starts with the pace dying a little in the last mile or so....lost a few places in the last mile or so which was indicative of that. Collapsed to the ground at the end so the effort levels must have been ok, or maybe the lactate levels had gotten the better of me at the end yet again! Can't complain though as the RB handicap is now creeping up again and I think this would make for a low 39XX 10k. Legs could also have been fresher having not had many rest days recently so overall, pretty happy with yesterday's result.
Thanks everyone. Wasn't a PB Mr V - about 30 odd seconds off but with feeling fresher I do think it could be threatened on a good day. Got me thinking actually about feeling 'great' with everything coming together for a race. I can't remember who posted about it but do think that one performance appearing on a ratio of 1 out of every 10 races (give or take a bit) applies to me. Out of all of my races over the past year and a half, I can say that the Llanelli Half last year and the Lakeside 5k two weeks ago were amongst those races where everything seemed to click on the day nicely.
Quiet on here again it seems but good to see you still sticking with the speed work CB! Was it an early morning session by any chance?
Good to hear about marathon prep going up a gear Dan. What is your target time? A former colleague ran Dublin a few years ago btw and referred to the hillier parts but its been amongst his favourite marathons to date!
Excellent Mr V and with not feeling great at that! It was certainly warm on Sunday. Splits might not be relatively so bad if the last 3 miles or so is net uphill?
Haha! Cheers DT. Indeed, it was the Cardiff 10k on Sunday. Conditions were perfect with a slight breeze to cool things down a little. Perhaps its being more used to summer warmth at this time of year or as Mr V says, it wasn't too humid so perhaps this is why it didn't affect me so much?
Anyhow, I will keep it short for now as not got a lot of time....I would give the final time a par performance (39:31) but was very pleased with my pacing which appeared to be pretty much spot on for how I felt on the day. The course was net uphill over the first 5k with more downhill sections but with one more significant incline at 8k on the way back to the finish. Went past the 5k marker in about 19:45 and past brother at 6k roughly who is struggling at the moment. Last bit (0.25 mile) was in 5:36 m/m so perhaps shows how it was fairly consistent pacing to have a relatively strong finish at the end. Was surprised to see a number of PBs on the results mind so perhaps the course wasn't much harder than previous years (Run Britain course rating might show this?) but here come the excuses - I think being away last week with a lot of driving/walking (as well as running) and a brisk Parkrun on Saturday left my legs feeling a little heavy but this wasn't a targeted race as such in the end anyhow. Definitely felt they lacked a bit of extra zip on the day. Can't complain too much though as it's two minutes faster than the Wyvern 10k from a few months ago.
Victory 5 next Sunday now - the races are coming thick and fast this month. Again, it will be good to run a decent time but the race that will matter the most over the next month or so is the Cardiff Half with the Bristol Half hopefully giving an indication of what could be possible in that which is a fortnight later from that.
Excellent racing TR on anything but a PB course by the looks!
Great looking session there CB. What race plans have you got coming up?
Good luck on Sunday Mr V hope you manage a strong performance. Weather conditions should be good for racing by the looks of things.
Good progress there Josh. Managed some strides last night myself. Always bemoaned my lack of speed but after a track session the strides seemed to be fairly quick for my standards.
Decent mileage and quality there Dan.
Hope you are ready to run again soon DT. Yep I'm very much a night owl too, if it wasn't fit the running id be much worse at getting up. Parkrun has changed my weekend routine more than anything and a lay in is now 9am on any given day rather than anything up to midday as used to be the case on the weekend! Always prepare for a race differently to a Parkrun too (early night, watch what I eat in the days leading up, etc).
Going to take it easy up to Sunday now with the Cardiff 10k coming up. My mum is even running now and will be giving that a go with my OH and brother who is returning from injury (and has been suffering having IMO done too much earlier this year eg Liverpool marathon not long after VLM). Just going to enjoy it rather than aim for a specific time so guess its a B race with this in mind.
Off to Cornwall for a few days now so be good to have a few days off the running! Still can't and have failed to get my head totally around the Run Britain handicap stuff although don't really need that sort of system to tell me when I've had a good race.