Rich - just caught up on the thread! Quite a lot has happened since my last contribution!!
glad to see you're on the mend.
I'm in Inverness for the HM tomorrow. Target is PB (currently 86:03), but hoping to go at least sub 85. Training has been going well - up to high 50s mileage wise now the past few weeks.
That XC race last month was good fun. 5th place, couple of mins behind Steve Buchan from Metro who is 35:35 10k runner and finished ahead of the leading lady who is a 37:37 10k runner - well chuffed! The course was good - 2 laps, 1 absolute beast of a hill per lap and then loads of downhill. Tough but good!
Rich - good work on the 14 miler today. Good to get back out there I'm sure. I did 13.75ish yesterday instead of today as we were staying over in Aberdeen last night, so today wasn't going to happen for a run.
It was f***ing windy. At some points I felt like I had a parachute on... Different loop from usual and one I used to do a couple of years ago. All on the road and very undulating. Came out at 7:55 average, so happy with that.
Because I ran on Saturday instead of Sunday, it meant 7 days in a row, including 2 long runs, so over 62 miles for 7 days (48.55 for the actual "week" Monday - Sunday) - that and just shy of 210 miles for the month of January. All records for me!
Got to head up to Alness tomorrow all day for work, so might struggle to get the 30 minute recovery run in (which won't be a disaster). I'm heading to Haddo XC on Sunday, so I'll see you there!
Oh - and yes, I think I hinted at that in my last post re: people heading out quicker than they should, therefore, you'll be in their way rather than the other way round.
I've become pretty good at not getting caught up in the excitement at the start of the race. I always keep a very close eye on my Garmin because what feels comfortable at the start of a race is normally way too quick. I just make sure to take a look really early and a few glances and if I need to slow down, I do. On my HM PB in November, I was targeting 6:40 per mile for the first 6-7 miles and then cranking it up in the second half. At the start of the race, everyone flew off as per normal and my first look at my watch showed that I was going sub 6:00 pace! I felt like I was jogging...! I actually said out loud a couple of times "slow down" and I settled right back down and went through mile 1 in pretty much bang on 6:40 (after passing LOTS of runners even in that first mile as their early enthusiasm was haunting them very early in the race).