Bushy parkrun for me on Saturday as was daan saarf visiting friends. Tired and hungover after seven hours of driving and several drinks the day before, coupled with being late for the start and no time for a warm up made it an interesting and surprisingly quite enjoyable run trying to work my way through the masses (1200 runners!!). I managed to overtake 700+ of them to finish a whopping 493rd in an official time of 25:XX, watch time 18:12. Decided to run back afterwards to add some miles and ended up completely lost. A great day all in!
34 miles total last week, my 4th attempt at the comeback. It also included a 10km road race in 34:30 which i was happy with after a disappointing period of training. Just looked back, I've averaged 22 miles per week over the last 10 weeks. Hopefully this comeback will stick, 4th time's a charm as they say!
Yes you obviously all could see what I couldn't, running 10,000m in track spikes without lots of practice is a very, very silly idea. In hindsight i should have just stuck to racing flats. One week later and I'm almost walking comfortably again! Tried my first run yesterday and it was very slow and uncomfortable but definitely feels like it is improving so hopefully will be back in a couple of days.
Dachs - I forgot to congratulate you on your London PB. So eh, congratulations! You certainly looked like you gave it your all going by the photo evidence.
CharlieW - Good luck for this weekend! Hope it's not too punishing in those conditions!
I'm very close to signing up for Frankfurt this year, would just like to see the back of this right leg issue first. Which would probably mean taking a few weeks complete rest and missing more of the summer racing season. What a dilemma.
Well done Padams! And a podium finish too, must be a great experience. You mentioned that your ultra plans for this year have come to an end (congratulations on the baby Padams news!), are you planning something else running wise or just keeping the Autumn free? I found the 10,000m very tough in the end due to the pain in my calf muscles. It's hard to tell how much of a factor that was in my performance and i probably won't get another chance to run one until the same event next year but I will be doing some road 10ks in the next few weeks so will be interesting to see how they compare. 4 days since the race and I'm still struggling to walk properly, I really wasn't expecting such problems with wearing track spikes!
Hi All, Been pretty quiet again as haven't had much to report but have been following everyones posts, particularly London marathoners. Well done to everyone that took part. Not going to try and cover everyone as there is so much going on but..
Padams - Good luck for MK, hope it all goes to plan.
ES - Welcome back from your hiatus, glad to hear you're on the mend.
Commiserations to those that had to miss London, just a bit of extra fuel for the fire for Autumn hopefully!
Well done to those that PB'd at London, RS and Selbs from memory (apologies if I forgot anyone..)
Well done to the ever consistents, good to see the high mileage gamble paid off CW.
Welcome to the new posters, some great marathon times being logged. I'm sure you'll love it on here.
Bainspj - Good luck with all the re-settling and hope you get back to full training soon.
RB - Congratulations! I saw the video of your finish that you were a little embarrassed about, I would be delighted if I could move that fast after 53 miles! Great debut performances from a couple of my fellow club members I'm sure you will have noted, plenty more to come from them. Looked like a great day and yeah an absolutely stacked field. First 3 men all broke the previous course record!
As for me, it's been a mixed bag of late. Got the wonderful news that last years Manchester marathon performance now counts for nothing! 4 months hard training all wasted. Oh well, was thinking about doing an Autumn marathon anyway, this just confirms it. I saw that London are going to accept the Manchester performance for GFA entries for next (but with 2 mins added to your time). Will be interesting to see if they will accept it for Championship qualifying entries as I might be tempted.
Training has been disappointing, been struggling with a problem with my right leg which seems to be due to mechanical issues in my hip. Been doing lots of stretching and strengthening and it's definitely getting better so hopefully can get back to full training soon. I've missed 3 races already because of it. Had signed up for a 10,000m track race on Friday and had all but written it off. But after a nice week in Lanzarote doing absolutely zero training I got back on Tuesday and the leg was feeling a lot better so decided to give it a go. Was lucky to end up being the fastest target time (33:30) in my heat so got the pleasure of a pacer for company too. I decided not to tell the pacer I had zero confidence in hitting the target time and figured I would just give it everything in a do-or-die attempt and see what happened. Felt surprisingly good once I got going, clipping along nicely on the pacers heels. Pacer dropped out at about 5,000m, just as my track spikes inexperience started to show and both calfs (calves?) started to tighten up. Held pace for the next few km's and then calfs started to get really painful and it was just about hanging on. Only dropped a few seconds to finish in 33:37! Out on my own the entire second half with a steady headwind on the home straight to compete against so absolutely delighted with that. My first ever 10,000m but a good chunk faster than January's 10k road PB (34:05). Very surprised with this as training has been poor for almost 2 months but I guess it just goes to show that the big winter training stays in your legs!
Haven't been able to walk properly since though...
The night was topped off with the opportunity to have a chat and a picture with 3 of the future Olympians that got selected after their London performances. Would put up the photo but I have no idea how to..