Hi Madbee, I know nothing about head torches. I have a pretty basic one which does the job for me but isn't particularly bright.
To date I've done 1435 miles so far this year so hopefully will be above 1500 by the end of the year which will be an average of about 30 miles per week which sounds about right even though I have ran two individual runs in excess of 30 miles this year.
Turkey Trot half marathon to come on Sunday, not sure if I'm racing it or pacing a club mate. Will see how I feel over the next couple of days I guess.
Muddy - Not really, I seem to be able to recover quite quickly. Having said that I did fall asleep on the sofa on Sunday afternoon after my 10 miler although this possibly had more to do with a late night on Saturday as much as anything else.
Looking ahead to the start of next year I'm not going to race (apart from a couple of XC's and parkruns) until a HM in early March. That's the plan anyway...
The National XC relays at Mansfield. 5K in just over 20 minutes and about 40 seconds quicker than last year.
A 3K race. I was hoping to go under 11 minutes but it was undulating including a drag uphill for the last 50m, pitch black and the course was covered in wet leaves, finished in 11:15.
The following weekend I attempted to do three races in one weekend including the double header on the Saturday which has been joked about at the running club; a 16 mile challenge race (mix of road, trail, cross country with a few cake stops) followed by a 10k XC race in Kettering. The Seagrave challenge was great but the weather was appalling, finished the race in about 2:15, which left enough time for some soup and apple crumble and custard at the finish before a quick change and an hour's drive to Kettering. I had about an hour to loosen off / get warm again before the 10k XC race. It was tough going but I stuck at it and finished in about 45 minutes and only 15-20 places lower than where I normally would expect to finish.
On the Sunday morning I ran the Leg it Round Lathkil fell race which is my favourite fell race. I struggled a little in the 3rd mile but pulled it together to finish the 7.1 miles in just over an hour which was 3 minutes quicker and 40 places higher than last year.
Last weekend I ran a hilly parkrun in 21:10 for 10th place on the Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon I ran in the Midland 7 XC race which had a ridiculous quality field with speed youths from across the west and east midlands. I finished the 7 miles in about 48 minutes and managed to hold off a guy from another local club who usually beats me so was pleased with that.
Next up is the Turkey Trot half marathon on the 11th December. Busy busy
Good looking reps thee, Pete. Hope you manage to find a race in suitable weather before the year is out.
Muddy, looks like a good race schedule. Kudos for races rather than sessions!
So before I forget about it completely, here's my brief report from Ljubljana marathon...
I arrived in Slovenia on the Thursday, Friday we made a trip up to Lake Bled and had a run round it which was just about 3 miles. Saturday was supposed to be a day spent relaxing but we ended up walking round Ljubljana etc so not ideal the day before a marathon.
On the day I decided to start off with a couple of club mates who were targeting 3:15, this was slightly optimistic for me as I hadn't really done any specific marathon training and was relying on the mileage from ultras and 24 hour events. The opening 10 miles was very controlled as we made our way round the leafy suburbs of the city and were consciously pulling back to target pace. As we approached halfway the course got much quieter as the majority of runners were doing the half and they peeled away to the finish.
At about 25k, one of my club mates fell off the pace a little bit which left us and we slowly pulled away. At about 17 miles another club mate eased off a bit and stayed about 100 yards or so behind us. Myself and my cub mate Gary were going along great with the miles ticking by nicely in the 7:25 region...however at about 19 miles the course turned sharply to the left and as we went round the corner I felt an acute pain in my right hip, it felt like I'd been stabbed and I pulled up abruptly.
The rest of the race was a pretty sorry affair with me managing to run with a limp for a short sections before having to walk up anything that resembled an incline. at about 22 miles my club mate caught me and he was in a world of pain struggling with his calves. We ran together for a while before he pulled ahead on a longish hill which I had to walk. With 5k to go, I managed to summon some strength from somewhere and resolved to not walk again, I caught and overtook my club mate and coming back in to the city the crowds lifted me and I managed to finish in 3:27.
10 minutes slower than London but all I all I was pretty pleased with the result given the lack of specific training and the weird hip pain in the race.
After the marathon I took a couple of days off as a precaution but haven't had any issues with my hip since (touch wood this continues).
Ljubljana is a great city and I thoroughly recommend it as a city break.