Marrows - Lights or not, the third race in two days wasn't so much making me feel bad-ass, as making my ass feel bad...along with various other body parts. It does add something to the atmosphere under the lights though, yes - certainly felt an extra buzz at Oxford a couple of weeks ago. Even with the obvious physical limitations, I think last night was just a bit too relaxed and low key for the same effect though.
6 miles at HMP sounds obscenely tough in training. If it's got to be continuous, MP would still be a good session but more manageable, or a 3 x 2m or at least 2 x 3m off a couple of minutes or three interval should also stop you from running yourself into the ground.
Muddy - Nice edit...and about right that! Tentatively good news on the injury. I'm now in the regular habit of giving my ankles a spin and drawing shapes with them when I'm sat on the sofa watching TV. Get lots of lovely crackling noises out of them to start with, and usually feels better once I'm done.
Ha! No, wasn't on my mind today actually, Skinny. It has occurred to me before, as I quite often have a squint at what others' handicaps are up to, particularly after a race, and it would be handy to have them all in one place. However, when I thought it through, they're up and down like a whore's drawers, so it would be a right pain to maintain.
Richard - Sounds, er...very interesting. Small wonder you ran fast in an attempt to get it all over with. Like Skinny, I'm not sure I could concentrate on anything, no matter how interesting, when running hard and particularly not when racing. Any news on the proposal by the way? And yes, just a brisk walk to and from Meadow Lane for the footy tonight, with recovery paced stuff and plenty of stretching on the menu after that until Friday, when I'll try to add a few strides.
DT - Seems good advice - at least you've still got the cross trainer to keep you ticking over, and glad the leg is feeling better. It's really crap when you're reminded of an injury with every step.
'Training' was a bit different at Charnwood last night, as the Club Champs were being held. After my usual solo warm up / stretching, I couldn't find my normal training group who were apparently training 'on grass' somewhere on the campus, but did bump into another of the very fast middle-distance fellas (Gary - winner of V45 silver over 800 at the Nationals, and who Dean knows) along with his increasingly swift lad. They were planning to run the club 800m, with an ambitious shot at 2:00 for the young 'un, off a recent PB of 2:03. Was considering it anyway, and although my legs felt a bit mashed from Sunday decided I may as well tag along behind them - would be interesting to see how they got on if nothing else good came of it. At some point in the next year or two, I've ambitions to be racing rounds in successive days at some of the more major Vets championships anyway, so no time like the present to get a taster.
Ended up doing a near 5 mile warm up plus drills and stretching over the course of an hour and a half in an attempt to loosen off, and felt ok by the time we lined up. Gary and his son raced off like the clappers, lad leading Dad through the bell in sub-58 apparently! I got to 200m in just over 33 seconds which was fine, but was working harder than I ought, and realised despite all that warming up, I just couldn't extend my legs and get the necessary stride length going. Had already faded to just over 70s at the bell, and whilst I tried to kick in annoyance, I just couldn't make that time back up. A youngster came up on to my shoulder going into the final bend, and this time there was nothing there when I tried to respond, I was just too stiff to lengthen my stride, and had all but seized up by the time I crossed the line in 2:23.4. That mental first lap led to lad and Dad fading to about 2:04 and 2:05 respectively - brave old effort though, and was good to see them flying round under the floodlights on that first lap.
Lots more strength and flexibility required for me if I am going to race rounds successfully methinks. Still, that would have been a 6 second PB only 5 weeks ago, all good experience, and if the results make it on to PO10/RB as they did last year, should when combined with Sunday's efforts see the handicap down to 3.4, or possibly 3.3 depending on the SSS. Lit hangs on to her thread lead there having dropped to 3.2 after Sunday's race.
Hoping to recover in time for Saturday's mile in Leeds, but might be touch and go - my legs really are very sore indeed today!