Mcf- yes, its my greatest moment in running! I came second in the 5k. Basically there was a table of seemingly random and donated items and I got to simply pick what was there. Obviously the further down the distances the less choice. I had a litre of aloe vera gel which I then sold on eBay for about ??15. I then received a rather cool pair of cuff links in the post as v35 winner. I think if you win the event there are gift vouchers and if you wing age group there is a defined prize. Everyone else picks off the table.
I've suddenly started thinking about raceways as my wife is off that day. However, given I didn't get home until 2pm yesterday she might be less enthusiastic.
The only issue is that runbritain didn't think it was so tough, rating it 0.2. I think I'm as much part of the problem in that this was probably the first big race in the region, if the year so a lot of people were out who had not raced all winter and so their handicap dropped then they suddenly pull out a performance about that newly reduced handicap, RB assumes it was easy. Mine went from 6.2 to 7.6 due to no racing therefore my 1.28 along with lots of others doi g the same, made the course look easy.
Thanks both. Still have a smile and a bit surprised as I was worried the endurance might not be there, the speed endurance. My injury happened early August, I did no running for rest of August or September. In October and November it was random and I didn't keep a record. December came out about 25 miles a week, but all easy.
January I decided to start running properly so came out 40m a week with a xc race or hill session and a mp session each week and a long run of about 12 miles. In between all of this I have kept the higher end systems going at spin classes.
I think im going to keep going as I am for a couple more months. I had planned to start doing track sessions in preparation for a 10k in 7 weeks but I think just throwing in some regular lt stuff might just be enough and minimise injury risk for now. People I finished around today are all regularly running 5 and 10k times that I would be delighted with.
Alehouse, what's the thinking re running everyday? Everything I read shouts about a complete rest day, however, I feel worse for that and would rather just a slow 3 miler. Just wondering how you view it?
CB- Keep doing what you're doing and the gains will come. I've been meaning to take my lad to junior parkrun for 8 months now. I'm just worried he is too young for the distance. He'e 5 in April but quite small. How old is your daughter?
....... a howling headwind. This really destroyed my momentum. It was however short lived and following a few other twist and turns I heard someone in the crowd shout just after 11, 'keep some for the downhill to home'.
That spurred me on and suddenly I found myself on the shoulder of my clubmate, seemingly from nowhere. I debated sitting there and taking him in last 800 however I could see from his shoulders and stride, I was in far better shape so took him just into mile 11, and that gave me another impetus to keep going. I was surprised at this point that there was no screaming desire to stop. Every mile I was chipping about 3 seconds off my average pace and if anything was wanting a couple more miles.
As we dropped down to the finish and the noise of the crowd I suddenly tightened up, worried about my normal vomit scenario. It was ridiculous. I had hammered the last 5 miles and felt great. The finish was downhill, there was no reason for this. At my very worst, I hear my name called from the crowd, it was Lou and I acknowledge him as I passed.
Then I hit the 13 mile marker and my watch has ticked over pb time but was still on 1.27. A young lad comes from behind and suddenly I feel good again so engage him in a finish. I can't recall if I beat him, i was just delighted to cross the line in 1.28.14 and banish the demons of last years halfs and put myself back where I feel I should be. Last mile splits were 6.20, 6.43, 6.39, 6.23, 6.39 and 5.51 for last bit.
Afterwards I met back up with Muddy and we had a wander to try and find Lou without success. We then stopped at the Harvester for a cuppa and our day was done.
I was 67 seconds off a pb and I look back at mile 8 that lost me 50 seconds compared to if it was a flat mile. I definitely feel that there is a pb in me somewhere soon after that.
I just need to decide where to take my training over the next 6 weeks. I have only done one LT session this year, albeit I did 3 xc in January, and wonder if I really need to start doing track sessions just yet. I'm thinking of maintaining my now staple mp run and perhaps pulling that out from 6 miles to 8 and maybe doing some short LT sessions. I still think i've got more to gain from keeping it nice and easy.
I was surprised with my HR date today, particularly finding my average was 177. I've never had a hr in a LT session above about 168. This suggests I should be working at closer to 180 in an LT session which seems high. Mcmillan tells me that my 10 and 5k should be solid pbs based on today's times. The guy that finished directly behind me in the results routinely runs theses distances at what would be considerable pbs for me in both distances. All this does this at the minute is back up my suspicion of bias in this distance.