Happy belated birthday SS, and good reps. However, beware trying to push on from a period of PBing - that's what resulted in 3 months of underperformance for me post-Wokingham. Should have just taken 2 weeks easy and built up again.
More track 5000s Simon? I'm looking forward to my first one in June, but that's just against old men.
Last big 10K session last night. 3 x 2 mile with 4-5 minute recoveries, as per McMillan. Did the same session 10 days before Leeds last year. Happy with the outcome, I think on that basis that a PB will be tough but isn't entirely off the cards at Bristol, depending on conditions - will look to head out at PB pace and see what comes out at the end.
I'm planning my first Watford 3K for a bash at 8:59 for1st July. Anyone else looking at that one? Simon, SG, etc?
It's pretty hilly. Egford Hill at about 10 miles is a killer, and reduces many to walking. I've done it twice and, as well as the hills, it was a roasting hot day both times. Don't expect a fast time and you'll be fine!
Great sub16 in the conditions Simon, this wind is a reet bugger.
Nice reps SG. The trick is not to worry about what Dean would be doing.
So, Vets track league last night. I was down for the 800. Aim was just to enjoy it - a nice no pressure hammer down blast. No expectations on time - the main aim was to avoid getting beaten by the B String runner, who is 4-5 minutes slower over 10k, but had cranked out a 25 second 200 earlier in the night off long distance training.
The wind was strong and cold, but the evening had at least been sunny. However, as we lined up the heavens opened. Great. Let's forget about PBs!
A and Bs ran together off the curve. I get an inside lane draw, which will help, but I don't have a quick start, so I know I'm going to get swamped by the 18 strong field, which is precisely what happens. Drift to the outside and push past the mass down the back straight and attach myself to the back of the lead group of 5, but the slow start then surge has already cost me energy. Into the wind from 200, but I've got a little shelter. I'm in 4th now and 3rd is starting to pull away. Through 400 in 65, but legs are tiring, and by 550, they're swimming in lactic and I'm treading water. Back into the wind, and there's no hiding place now, and I'm slowing badly. Someone comes shooting past down the home straight, and two more try to overtake, including my B String. Since I am the team manager and decided who was A and B, I am NOT losing to him, so I throw the kitchen sink at these two, pull back alongside and dip to beat them both by a fraction of a second. 5th place in 2:17:06.
Obviously, 2:17 is not a true reflection, but that wind reduced times across the board by several seconds. I will do some speedwork and try to have a proper crack at 800 over the summer.
Then leg 3 of a 4 x 400. No split times here, thank f***. Take baton in 5th, about 30m behind 4th - eat up the ground, and overtake him by 180m, but in the home straight he comes back, and my 800 lactic has gone nowhere, so can't respond. Another guy is on my shoulder but I have enough to hold him off and hand over in exactly the same position again.
Had the kids with me, and they had a great night, shouting support at me, and hooting with laughter at the racewalkers. They were even inspired to do their own comedy racewalk round the edge of the track, tho I feel my 6 year old should have been DQed for lifting off.
Firstly, what a few days for SS - having struggled for PBs the last few years, to get two in a few days is great stuff indeed, showing the benefit of patience. Great 5k in particular, squeezing under that 17 barrier impressively. That's some first mile in your half marathon as well, were you still subconsciously running the 5K?
Nice racing at Staines Bus, PMJ and Ric. Excellent age grading score Ric, and nice Zatopek-style redistribution of trophies. Solid run Bus, even if not what you wanted, and the puke at least shows you did all you could do on the day. Good job PMJ scraping under 40.
Bus, I won't be disrespectful to Ben and claim I could have hovered up the win there. He's running really well at the moment.
Matt, I hope your partner doesn't browse this forum! Nice running anyway, but can't say I can see the point of 2 people running together, unless it's just to make sure than no-one dies out on the fells. Still, at least you don't have too much recovery to do for next time.