Dean - Think Tommy's given you a better answer than I'd have done actually. Though if you do contact someone on that list, I'd say Peter's your best bet. Sounds like you're ok anyway, but anecdotally, I can't say I've seen anyone at track side with a dog...but then I guess I wasn't really looking as I flog round chasing the fast lads!
Hope things come together for you, Muddy.
Commiserations tonight, Tommy - sounded fairly one sided on the radio. Revenge for your pre-season win over us I guess. Good following though, 1400 of the 3700 gate were Stags apparently. I will be helping out with the organising of the Lake Handicap on Thursday by the way. Will probably have a jog down, and a jog to the pub after.
Slightly bigger session than I planned last night at track. 10 x 500 was on the menu, which I was never going to do anyway, and after less than a minute recovery after the first, I joined some youngsters who have recently joined us in just doing 300s, and also skipped one of the reps. Ended up doing 2900m of volume at an average of 5:10 pace, slowly increasing the pace on each rep from just inside 3k pace to 1500 pace, and then blasting the last 2 at supposedly target 800 pace. First one was about right in 51.5, but got carried away with the last in 49.6 - so averaging about 4:30 pace for the pair, which would work out at inside 2:15 for the 800. That's not realistic, but cautiously optimistic I can get inside 2:20 if it's a competitive race in what looks like being decent conditions tomorrow evening.
Actually led the group round on those last two for the first time although most of the other seniors and vets were obviously going on to complete the full 500 rather than bailing out at 300.
Tommy - Aye, a long way indeed, but felt I needed at least another couple of bashes at the 800 this season, and on balance decided that putting in all this hard training without feeling I'd used it properly was actually dafter* than a midweek 200 mile round trip to run for half a mile!
And yes, still planning to be at the Lake Handicap (and the afters) on Thursday after some juggling at home, though I'm going to offer to help out with the organisation of it rather than actually running it I think. The trade off with the juggling at home means that being out both Wednesday and Thursday, I probably won't be able to make it out for the football tomorrow...perhaps a good thing after witnessing us go down to a penalty in the 5th minute of injury time yesterday. See you Thursday.
The first is that its race day and being surrounded by other people at the start and knowing 'this is it' - this is why I do 3 or 4 poos on race day but none for a normal training day
'Erm...no wonder you have to go lots on race day, you must have quite a backlog built up by then.
Agree completely with your take on race day adrenaline however, including (joshing aside) the regular loo trips.
Marrows - I've ended up doing nearly 3 miles @ sub-LT pace before my track sessions at Charnwood because the guys I train with are so swift. Whilst an easy run round for them, I thought initially this was overkill for me, but the track sessions that follow have always been good and exceeded my expectations. I like a solo warm up before even going out with them, and including a few pre-track drills, so have often done 5.5 miles before I even set foot on the track - it's fair to say I'm therefore no longer fearful of long warm ups with a good dose of quicker running! I like the look of your mile cutdown session, I can see me using that as early prep for the track season next year - targeting 10k/5k/3k/1500m/800m pace as the rep length reduces. Nice paces you're hitting yourself, even if not quite where you wanted them to be.
There you go then, Lit - Mace says sub-37 - no pressure.
Have got my entry confirmed for Oxford on Wednesday - so that's going to be a long day! Will be lucky if I'm home for 11.30pm. This isn't actually part of my targeted races BTW, DT - it's the final trial run at the end of a short block of very fast (for me) running. I'll then back off for 10 days before an 800m at Derby on 14th (plus a punt at a mile less than an hour later), and (probably) finish off with the Leeds Golden Mile on the 20th.
Promising run out given the circumstances and your approach, Richard - hadn't realised you weren't racing it. You should be well in for a decent PB at Stirling if you don't go too hard in the GNR next week.
Good stuff, Dean. My (2nd claim) club mate Mark Couldwell by the look of it? He only turned 40 a month ago otherwise I'd have got that gig - and likely finished second to you as he did...albeit not actually giving you a race for the win. I should get his side of it at training tomorrow. Shame your track season fell away in mid-summer, but still an impressive leap in your times before then, and more to come next year I'm sure. Good luck with your return to the roads.