Cheers for posting it Dachs. After last weeks 12x 400 which I'm calling my first session, I've 4/5 weeks until the last Lancaster 5k which I'm targeting. It's the 3rd one in the series tomorrow night and I'm going to run it to see what I can manage. I'm going to keep my mileage where it's at now (60+) and hopefully get two track sessions and a tempo in each week.
Im also thinking of throwing a 10 mile race in instead of one of my long runs. I ran 58.40 a couple of years ago and I've not ran one since and i should shave a good bit off that. ill do the tues, thurs session that week then miss the weekend tempo tomorrow it.
RicF, if I didn't race I'd still definitely run. I enjoy the easy miles but really have to work myself up to do the sessions and racing. I'm not a fan of racing at all in all honesty. I hate chasing the clock. Thats what appeals to me about the trails and fells, it's the conditions and others you race and not the clock. That's what I've enjoyed about doing some races this summer, racing the runners and not the time.
I can also put the palm of my hands flat to the floor when stretching.
That said the physio i see always mentions how tight my quads are, my right one barely touches my backside when stretching it. I also get a slight bit of a niggle on the outside of my knee when doing that stretch on my right leg.
Don't think I'd ever swap for an office or desk job mind you. The thing I get off workmates SG is about not wanting a full English breakfast everyday, chippy for dinner then 8 pints and a curry at night. When working away the breakfast, 8 pints then the curry used to be the norm.