Happy Birthday TickTock, will you do me a favour & please have a drink for me later on ?
I had a glass of Cava & a bottle of Peroni lager on New Years Day & haven't had a drink since, all that sounds well & good, but unfortunately feel close to cracking up & the real "Marathon Training" hasn't started yet, not sure if that bodes well lol
Have felt very tired this week after my Half Marathon & haven't managed any "quality" this week, jogging is all I have been up to.
This morning; 5am alarm call, out the door at quarter past 6 & 9 mile run down to Battersea Park to take part in the 10 miler down there.
The initial (optimistic) idea behind this morning was to run down there & run the race in under an hour, sub 6m/m, I managed this session last year at the Sidcup 10 & it wasn't pretty but I managed it. This morning, first mile 6:11, then a 6:00, then another 6:11 before I realised it wasn't happening, finished the race in 1:03, my worst 10 miler by a long way, but I still think I managed every mile sub 6:30 m/m on very tired legs, I wasn't up to scratch but not a bad / wasted attempt at a Marathon style session.
19.16 miles with 10 miles "effort" not a great session, but not too bad!
Good luck everyone in Bath etc tomorrow, weather seems to be on the turn!
Well done everyone that ran the National yesterday.
Not trying to wind you up Toro, but I ran 1:15:35 earlier on at Tunbridge Wells HM, conditions pretty much perfect; crisp & still.
Still only a few hours ago, but feel like this is one of my best races tactically, I was off the back of a big pack of about 10 early on, quite a long way off the back actually, there were two others in between me & the pack one of which I caught at about 5 miles. Then "The Hill" One guy from Tonbridge had had enough & was walking then overtook someone else towards the top, then ended up having a very good ding dong for about three miles with a fella from Sevenoaks, another chap from Tonbridge blew up somewhere around the 10 mile mark, then I managed to shake Sevenoaks Sid just as we were coming back in to the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells, saw Julian Rendall, another Tonbridge runner maybe 200 metres ahead 2 miles to go, I managed to reel him in with about 250 metres to go, not an A race for him by the looks of things, infact it wouldn't surprise me if he was at Parliament Hill yesterday, but still a decent scalp for me to take.
Very pleased with the way I ran this race, I became stronger in the second half, no doubts about that, was disappointed to come round the corner to see 1:15*, I felt I had definitely put in a sub 75 effort over a hard course, but from about 5 miles in I definitely overtook 7 maybe more ( three of them had blown up, but that's not my fault ), very pleased with my 4th place finish, the best I have managed previously down there has been 9th place, nasty weather now!
Talking about "VLM", what are everyone's goals / A races for next year ?
I am going to TRY to;
Run under 75 again at Tunbridge Wells HM ( big shift at the coal face will be required to do that )
Run a PB at London 2 months later.
Have struggled a lot with my weight for the last 2 or 3 months always stuck around 11 1/2 stone, I feel cr ap at 11 1/2 stone & good at 11 stone, fingers crossed my weight seems to be finally moving in the right direction. In the wider scheme of things, I eat well, but eat too much bread, need to only eat bread 2 or 3 times a week, instead of grazing on bread & other junk that seems to stagnate the, or at least my metabolism, I like eating, but there must be some kind of compromise. Just need a little bit more discipline.