Dean - think that's pretty promising, you're not too far off at all.
Hope Watford went well Simon
Good work on the reps Bus, just put a wind asterisk next to them.
12 x 600 at the track last night came out as 1:51, 1:49, 1:51, 1:50, 1:49, 1:47, 1:48, 1:49, 1:49, 1:50, 1:50, 1:47. Tried to hammer that last one and run a Simon style 1:37, but as you can see such speed is well beyond me. Still, decent paces and volume.
Sounds like a really tough event AG, and can't imagine how unpleasant an off-road hilly half marathon must be after all that other stuff. Shame you couldn't hold together for the run, it does sound like a bit more long stuff is needed.
Well done on the official PB CC82, they all count.
Scott, I wouldn't say I eased off - merely stopped worrying about the watch and tried to enjoy it. AG, I suspect there would have been a quicker time in there if a PB was at stake, but can't imagine it would have been massively quicker. Maybe 20-30 seconds.
Racers - have used and liked Hyperspeeds in the past. Boosts are good, but for me they aren't light enough for the short stuff. Currently racing in Mizuno Wave Ekiden, probably the lightest road shoes I've ever run in. I almost wore them on Sunday, but decided at the last minute it was a bit of a risk having never gone over 5K in them.
As for me, I was up in Swansea for the weekend. Main reason was the Swansea Half Marathon, but also a chance to return to the city where I did my degree for the first time since about 2000.
Lovely weekend, got sunburnt on the Gower, and ate far too much.
Fortunately, my 1:11 from last year saw me sneak into a free "elite" entry, meaning I got to hang out in the elite tent with internationals like Dewi Griffiths and ... well, just Dewi Griffiths really. Course is pancake flat along the seafront, a straightforward out and backer, so hopes were high for a PB, calling upon my marathon mileage.
However, after a 5:23 first mile, it became clear it wasn't going to happen. First half was largely into the breeze, and soon found myself in no-man's land, and the pace needed for a PB was just too hot to handle. Just knew deep down it wasn't on, so resolved to stop worrying about the watch and try to run relaxed. For that reason, as well as the lovely route, past all my old familiar areas, I really enjoyed much of the race, despite being on my own and not running as well as I'd have liked. Support was really good.
At the turnaround, I was able to calculate that I was about 11th - despite there being about 8,000 entrants, the front end is somewhat light - and this kept me honest. Overtook someone who was in some trouble to move up to top 10, and thus it stayed to the end. A solo run really, although I had someone in view ahead the whole way. Started suffering the last couple of miles and the pace dropped but by then I knew it'd be 1:13:xx regardless. Some irritating uphill cobbles sapped the momentum, but with less than a mile to the finish it wasn't the end of the world, and ended up 10th in 1:13:27.
Definitely recommend the race, decent organisation, great course (if it isn't windy), good support. I will certainly want to return at some point.
Whilst I enjoyed much of the race, I am a little disheartened by how I can't seem to get close to that 1:11 again. Maybe that race was just a one-off, one of those rare events where everything came together on the day. Hard to imagine being able to run 2 minutes faster than today again, and 70 minutes is starting to look like a pipe-dream.
May also need to accept that I've well and truly plateaued, and that, if I want to improve again I will need to do something different - maybe more mileage, but more particularly all the things I cheerfully ignore, like strength training, eating sensibly and actually getting enough sleep. Something to ponder.
Never has such a short, informal race generated such a monumental race report SG. Every step, breath, thought and detail described beautifully. I almost feel like I was there with you. Great stuff, and good to see you back. Now, let's see more races, and try to keep the paragraphs per mile ratio the same.
Excellent PB Pete plus old man trophy. Edging down towards the 60?
Scott, that kind of race was clearly there waiting to come out. That's two races back and a 1st and a 2nd. Could be the start of a great little run.
Dean, I'd love a 4:31, but appreciate it is below your high standards. No, Les wasn't in the 5000, he did a 4:17 1500 instead, which is all he needed to do to win it. Can't blame him, he'd done the final leg of the Ridgeway, so had even less time to recover.