Congratulations Rich! 9lb 9oz - a fair size like!!!
Getting my legs going again after the marathon - lovely weather for it today. Only been out for a couple of very slow short runs this week, but went round the 10k loop today not looking at my watch at all until I finished. Averaged 7:05 per mile and it was easy despite the heat and hills. Feeling good
... 1 hour 20 mins off my PB! Not to be sniffed at!
I felt great to have pulled a good performance and time in those conditions but there's obviously a bit of frustration that I had to run through 8 miles of brutal headwind because I think I'd have got sub 3 without it. I'll obviously never know so I'm not getting hung up on it and I am delighted with a 3:03 to my name now. One year ago I was delighted with a 93 HM.
Shorter, quicker stuff for the summer now and probably be sticking to that for the foreseeable future as I'm not going to have the same time to marathon train for the next couple of years.
Hello folks - sorry, I'm hopeless at keeping up with this thread, but thought you guys would like to know how I got in my sub 3 attempt at Edinburgh, so here's the race report I sent my coach:
So - prepared pretty well on the morning and was feeling pretty calm to be honest. Strolled down to the start and had a wander about, checked out the elite tent and caught a glimpse of my hero Steve Way. Had a bit of a jog and tried to stay warm as it was fairly cold and drizzly. Bumped into a couple of clubmates that I hadn't even met before and had a good chat before the start. The time actually flew in fairly quickly and then we were off.
Settled into the 6:55 pace pretty easily and notched off the first few miles a touch quicker than target pace but it was all downhill. I was starting to feel a touch uncomfortable and had to have a very quick pit stop just after 5 miles and do a 'Paula'. By this time I'd settled into a wee group of runners I'd recognised and I pushed on a little bit after my pitstop until I caught that group again clocking a 7:00 mile.
Then it was time to push on to 6:48 pace - this was the bit I was nervous about - what if I struggled to find that pace? Admittedly ridiculous as I was constantly having to hold myself back. I then found a new group to run with and one guy in particular with a help for heroes t-shirt that seemed to move through the crowds exactly a yard in front of me for miles and miles.
From about 7 miles to halfway I barely remember a thing other than the back of help for heroes guy!
I went through halfway at 1:29 and thought (naively) that sub 3 was very likely at this point, thinking that the wind wasn't anything like predicted and I might just be getting away with it. At 14 miles I saw something I'll never forget. I got the distinctive whiff of shit and thought it was some weird sea air then I clocked the female runner who had very obviously had an accident. I was just about to fall into step with her (as she was running as if nothing had happened!!) but I pushed on a little bit to leave her behind. Not the nicest thing I've ever done, but you know...
Next few miles I distinctly remember thinking that I was looking forward to turning back as the wind was getting up a bit and felt like I was running into a headwind...!! Think I was at about 16 miles when the elites came flying the other way. Couple of Kenyans, local Edinburgh lad, Steve Way and a guy dressed as batman. No shit - guy dressed as batman must have been close to 2:30 or maybe quicker!
Then we turned back just before 18 miles and the wind just about blew me over. Turned a few corners and kept hoping I'd turn out of the wind but it kept just getting worse! I managed to push through it for about 3 miles and more or less stick on pace but then we started a climb and the pace slowed. I'd left Help for Heroes behind at some stage about 18 miles I think and I just felt like I was passing runner after runner despite my pace slowing with each mile. Everyone else was clearly suffering too. I kept hoping that the wind would somehow die down and I'd manage to push on and keep sub 3 alive but at about 23 miles I think I realised it was gone so just concentrated on getting to the end. The legs were getting heavier and just before 25 Help for Heroes pushed past me and I tried to hang onto him for a while but he was looking strong and I just couldn't muster the push. I think if sub 3 was a remote possibility I'd have found another gear and dug a bit deeper but I knew it was gone and quite a few went past me in that final mile. Managed to push on a little bit in the final wee stretch but didn't even try a fast finish. Got a lift when I got a shout out from someone that recognised the vest and then a wee bit later I saw my wife and daughter but I just cruised in for the GFA time. 3:03:39 in the end which is more than...
Hey Rich - cheers, yeah really chuffed with it if A little annoyed with the bloody wind - can do nothing about that though unfortunately.
i won't be racing in June at all - recuperating and getting ready for some shorter races over the Summer. Probably take in some of the AAAC track races - there's a 5000m in July and a 10,000m in September I think as well as maybe doing 1500m and 800m just for a laugh...!
i need to get a road 10k time on the board as well - the PB is still sitting at 40:04 but I'm confident of knocking a chunk out of that. There's the Moray 10k but that's not until September. Think I might give the Peterhead 10k a bash in November too - I've not ran there before. I'm not going to have the same time to train over the next couple of years now due to a change in work circumstances so back to the shorter stuff for now. I might not even race HMs for a while.