The Derby Runner XC League is a different competition, DTS2.
Andy - I run for one of the competing clubs, and I must say, anything you can pin down on the internet about the organisers is rather elusive, nay non-existent!
I finally found out a bit more about it when I went to the presentation at the end of last season's competition, and from what I could gather it would appear that the organisation is continued by a widow in memory of her husband who sadly passed away some years ago. She does this in conjunction with the individual hosting clubs for each race, collates the results, and turns up at the end of the season to dish out the awards...what a lady!
A bit of current talk for the 2014/15 program on the Notts Summer Road Race League Facebook page, and it seems they are trying to revert to the old format of 5 races for the upcoming season before announcing the fixtures.
It's a closed group, but you can apply to join, and in the meantime I'll drop a message on there indicating that your club (Ivanhoe?) are looking to join.
Skinny - Sounds like you're approaching it with the right attitude, and I'd agree with the focus on the 3 milers. They still make up a big proportion of my running, and particularly if you're tired, sore or carrying something, they're long enough to both do you some good and assess how you're feeling, but also short enough to either refresh you or prevent any further major damage. I wouldn't get too hung up on the word 'chronic' though understand the dislike of the term. As I understand it, an injury/illness is either acute or chronic. For both you and DT, symptoms have persisted beyond a point where they could be described as acute, and therefore in medical jargon, they are now seen as chronic.
DT - I'm sure not running was the right decision at this stage. Has the physio cleared you to continue spinning? Suffering 'huge fatigue' might be an indication that there's some low level aggravation of the injury even from that?
Marrows - Sounds like some tactical deafness could be in order to further avoid unwanted housey conversations even once your ears do begin to clear! Nice tempo-ing.
Got lost in my thoughts last night, so the 4 or 5 miles had turned into a pleasantly brisk 10k before I knew it, and after the first half mile or so all but forgot about the foot. Slightly stiff again first thing this morning, but the day-to-day progression has continued and now feels better than it did this time yesterday. Even the forecast for Sunday has improved so things are looking up. Feel I've lost a bit of the zip I was enjoying before the few days off, but if an extended warm up with some sub-LT goes well, I'll throw in a handful of 800s with good recoveries tonight in an attempt to nail down a target 10k pace.
Excellent reps, Mace - a tasty topping like those on your clearly massive aerobic base and I predict you might well see the right side of 17:30 over 5k before the year is out.
Skinny - Loving the mileage - any twinges? And that was one bloody (literally and metaphorically) steak!
Marrows - Hope the cold is now clear.
Lou - Good report - that run in up the hill past all the other runners is great fun isn't it? Hopefully we'll get a team together again for the spring relays there.
Comprehensive report from you, Muddy...enjoyed it though. Lots of Samir style pacing from those around you in the early stages by the sound of it. With you on the 'shit' that goes with these big events too. Another reason I prefer the smaller, club organised events with runners there simply to concentrate on the business at hand I think.
Nice little session, Lit. I'd drawn the same conclusion on your pacing as Mace incidentally. Excellent...no pressure. Hope the weather outlook improves. And watch out for baby deer's rutting Dad and Uncles!
Easy to sit here and say it I know, DT, but given your previous abortive comeback attempts, I'd honestly give it a bit more thought before you step back out there. Draw up a For and Against list, even if it's just a mental one.
After a weekend of eating, drinking and no exercise I unsurprisingly saw 11st 5lb on the scales this morning. Should slip off again if I get back into some running. The foot was a bit stiff when I first got up this morning, but now feels better than it did at this time yesterday, so still seem to be heading in the right direction. Looks like the weather is setting in for a wet and windy weekend here as well though, so may still take a rain check on Sunday's 10k however the foot is behaving by then.
DT - Aye, have effectively benched myself for the last 5 days to be cautious. Had I been approaching a big track event I'd have tried to run through it.
An easy 5k in 25 mins tonight, and a bit of discomfort mostly when cornering to the right on to the affected area, but definitely down in the realms of annoying niggle background noise. Actually felt eased and more mobile for having run on it, but iced it when I got home as a bit of belt and braces. A better result than I was expecting I must admit, but will see what the morning brings; if there's no reaction may try an easy, undulating 4 or 5 tomorrow and start thinking about Shelton again.
Tommy - Shame the bug impacted your race, but take heart from the fact that despite it you still ran a PB. Shelton's probably looking a long shot for me at the moment too to be honest. Will know a bit more after a jog out this evening, but in terms of priorities I'd rather try to be right for the North Mids XC the following week, as I'd like to complete the race series this year.