Hi all glad to see we are all doing quite well given the weather, sometimes its just nice to make the effort and get out there even when we think its a bit cold. Im trying ot build up mileage a bit an dhaving done quite a few 10k thought I would try a seven mile race. it was billed as the longridge 7 road race. good I thought no mud no fields to go across will be quite pleasant. the sun was shining and I drove about 50 miles to get there from Yorkshire to Lancashire. Nice little village and I thought good around more little villages lol. They rolled out the starting mat on a litttle residential street and a few hundred of us set off. not knowing where i was going just followed the herd along some streeets and up the very steep high street. Turned and corner then up more hils and that was how it was more hills and more hills. Kept thinking there would be a downhill soon up and up we went lovely scenery nice when we were almost above the clouds and the hill walkers seemed to be lower than us. It was more like a mountain trek than a run and the wind was howling and blinding sunshine. I just wanted to finish and eventually there was a downhill and the finish line. My friend and I laughed afterwards and we thought of it as a good training session for our more normal runs. i did it in 1hr 22mins which I was amazed at as it was hell at times but the next race I have planned is 10 miles and is flat hooray and cant be as bad as this one.
Hi Sam I had my trail shoes on this morning while doing parkrun. I dont think they helped they are great on the grass parts but think they proved leathel on the tarmac bits. It was icy and just no grip on those bits so much so ran on grass verge next to it wish i had worn my normal running shoes but doing a 7 mile tomorrow and didnt want them to be soaking wet from today. In conclusion trail shoes are great on grass but i dont like them on the tarmac bits.Our parkrun is half and half and still think normal running shoes are best as like to catch up my time on tarmac stretches and like to feel in control which i didnt feel today.
Andi I look at all those plans how to train and what you should do when. I have found best to just go out when you have time feel like it and run how you want and hopefully further than last time. I swim a lot now too and find my running improves my swimming and vice versa. This has made a difference to my run times but I still think it depends how you feel on race day and what the conditions are like and what the course is like. Just do your best and dont get too hung up on times etc. We all want to do our best but as a friend of mine said recently you have to enjoy it then the time will improve. i think that is right and im starting to relax about it now and my times are improving. Have fun and it will sort itself out with regular running.
Well done everyone cant believe people stand in the 50time zone when they know they will be much slower thats aweful. i thought people stood in correct place and let the faster ones go. Anyway well done on the sub 60 times people one day maybe I can manage that. its the taking part that counts and learning from the course and next year when we all do the various courses again we will all get pbs. So come on chaps lets get our next races booked
Hi guys hugs to all miss things on here for a few days and all sorts happens. Someone said they had a problem with their feet think it was Andi can I suggest body shop hemp foot cream. it has really helped my feet my toes were feeling very bruised and brittle.
Just back from the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k did it in 67 mins which I was pleased with as was nervous because it was such a big race 9000 people there but it was ok and fairly flat. Think I like road races rather than the mushy field type ones I have encountered recently. i do like running at this time of year rather in summer.