Dachs - a 73 is a decent return. im not sure its a plateau but more of a PB will come from nowhere now. you are done with running pb's every time so there will be a few sighters and then a breakthrough race. im sure you are not done with PBs at that disatance.
Simon - good luck on watford tonight. and understand the weather situation as i raced last night in it.
800m for me last night. Still feel underbaked and not ready but i have to race to see where i am. targeted 2.00 to 2.01. But lots of things conspired to screw that up. it was raining constantly. numbers looked down (and hardly anyone over by the 3000 start so i thought there would only be 2 3000 races before the 800s. so decided to get my warm up in. my race was due to start at about 7.20. finished my warm up in the rain and cold for just after 7. then they announced another 2 3000 races so my start time was pushed back to 7.40 ish.
so took shelter in the stand and then went for a jog to loosen things closer to race time. they then said i would race at 7.55. just before the BMC races (they have to start on 8pm on the dot) so i jog and get my stride in ...in the rain. strip off for the race only to be told at 7.55 that we wont be racing until after the 5 BMC 800m races. so another 30min wait. So its been 90mins since my warm up. and its raining. watched the BMC races then managed a few more strides.
now its time to race...eventually. Off in lane 1. settle in a good spot just of the leader. bit of jostling and thru 400 in 58/59. i feel good and bang on what im after. i decide to relax on the bend but im the only one...loads of 20somethings come flying past. im in 7th so i tuck in. down the back straight i decide to increase the pace but am blocked. splashing through the puddles on the track. we hit 600 in about 1.32/33. which is down. on hearing that split i move early and work through the crowd and into 3rd as we get to the final 100. at that point i accelerate hard and fly away from the crowd and into 2nd. closing on the breakaway leader. but i dont get there.
crossing the line in 2.02 and 2nd place. unlike the mile last week im ok with this time. its not fast enough anfd im behind where i was last yr but with the delays to the start, the weather and the fact i felt ok straight after tell me i must have more to give on a better night. we shall see
Seems so long since we had a beginner predict big things only to struggle once it's apparent the improvent curve doesnt carry on in perpetuity. you might be able to do it, you might get injured again, you might not be good enough.
i run 40 miles a week and my event is 800m. So 20mlies a week for a 5k is on the low side.
you should post your training and times here so we can enjoy your rise. Is It Too late for Rio?