SG, lots of the young phenoms don't even continue in the sport past 15/16 or into their 20s, let alone their 30s or 40s.
At my old club when I was a kid, we had two good young runners, both about 2 years younger than me. One was massively talented, was placing in the top 3 in national age group XC stuff quite early on, the other was fairly talented but really pushed hard by his father, to the extent that he got into arguments with his coach (my dad) who wanted him to rest more.
The really talented one dropped out of the sport completely at about 16.
A Po10 search showed that the other one got down to about 30:06 for 10K, before there being nothing from about the age of 27.
It would be good if there was some kind of moral here about how I with my comparably mediocre ability ran well into my 30s, but that rather ignores the fact that I dropped out of running at 18 as well.
It's just a sport with an incredibly high drop-out rate, which is unsurprising given how few people can make a living at it.
Ric, really hope things work out for you health-wise.
Good to at least see you enjoying your running SG, even if you're not in racing shape yet.
Dean, I did think you'd be PBing as well, but still a very fine time, and with the races having stacked up in the last couple of weeks and all the other things that went with them, it's still been a great end to the season.
PP - 100 mile week! Crikey. I'm struggling to break 50 this summer...
Very promising tempo AG.
SC - speedy reps on the slippery grass. I'm entirely with you on the sleep. I get between 5 and 6 hours a night. My main problem is drifting off on the sofa and awaking fully clothed at some point in the early hours of the morning. I need more sleep, I know I'll feel better and run better, but can't seem to change my routine.
Back at Watford last night for a crack at a 1500 PB. PB is a lethargic 4:24.8, so I'm confident of beating it, and I've got my eye on 4:20. Ditch the watch and decide to go by the big clock at the finish line, with the targets 52, 2:01, 3:10 each time I cross it.
As always, my first few metres sees me at the back of the field, but I use the start of the first bend to place myself about 4th, so that I can get a clear run on the inside. Through 300 in 51, feels OK. Keep the pace consistent and move forward to 2nd on the next lap, and go through 700 dead on 2:01.
This is where I made the mistake that many people make, and which I knew beforehand I should be aware of, and switched off for lap 3 when I should have pressed the pace. This meant I hit the bell off target in 3:12. Annoyed with myself, I try to change the pace, but a couple come past. Try to kick, but can't change the pace really, and finish in 4:21.84.
So, a PB (3rd PB in 3 weeks!), but not quite what I was going for. 4:20 is going to be about where I top out without specific, long-term middle distance training, and I don't have the natural aptitude at these distances to justify that. So I will probably just do the odd 800 and 1500 in the vets leagues for fun, but not bother with going to meets like these for those distances next year.
I had also entered the 3000 on the off-chance I felt sprightly afterwards. However, rather than sprightly, I felt a bit sick, and a 3000 wouldn't have been pretty (or fast), so didn't bother. Shame, because for once I had been drawn at the back of the fast heat, rather than the front of the second heat. Never mind, there are a couple more 3000s to get under 9 in September.
Finally! Nearly nine years of competitive running and I've just managed to come last!
A British Milers Club 5,000m race in Eltham on Wednesday evening. At one stage I was ahead of two runners, and they didn't come past me, but looking up the results afterwards it appears as though neither of them even finished. Lazy buggers!
Finish time: 15:58.57.
Bit disappointed at the lack of goodie bag or a wooden spoon.
PP - with that time, you wouldn't have been last in one of the world championship 5,000m heats! Someone ran 16:02...
Of course, it's possible that he might also have DNFed had he been behind you.
Dean, you absolute monster. Really excellent 1500 PB, you've timed your training perfectly to peak right at the end of the season, and then recover to go again next year. Sub 4 for 1500 is just going to be a matter of time I think. Will watch the video at some point.
Good tri-ing Iron.
Also nice to hear Bus's garbled holiday messages.
I was actually entered for a track 5K down in Southampton on Sunday, but didn't realise when I entered that I was double booking myself, as we had tickets to take the kids to the Lion King in London. Glad I didn't run it in the end, it must have been pissing down, and people's results look a bit slow.