Good running again last night, DT. That weight loss is going to be helping, great work all round. I'm with you and Skinny on being prepared to spend a large wedge on landmark sporting occasions and experiences.
Tommy's gone quiet, you didn't later send him for another run down Buzzard Lane whereupon he was brutally ripped asunder did you, Lit?
Pete - Yes, might well have been, though that would of course ignore the variable of the decent competition there was in the race which may not have been the case had we run in lanes, so what I lost on the swings I may have gained on the roundabouts. And possibly a bit of both regarding the hard efforts. You obviously need them to sharpen up, but the ideal state is to still be benefiting from the increased fitness and tolerance from them, whilst having had enough rest to attack a race with a fresh mind and body. Time left in the season to find that happy balance yet though.
Skinny - It's a fair point, though of course an 800m itself is not very long either. Then again, 0.8s in an 800 is probably proportionally worth 10 seconds in a 10k, which is also not very much, so again...
Call in with a result and report before bed, proper catch up tomorrow.
MVTFL East 800m - Nuneaton
This would be my 3rd race in just over 4 days, and 4th in a fortnight with a track and a hill session on top during that period too once I decided I was going to run through the ongoing foot problem rather than sit on my 'arris. What will I have left?
Was pleased to find I was down for the M40 race rather than the M35, as (counter-intuitively) the standard is usually better in the older race and I'd be more likely to have some competition. Was less pleased for both races to be called together at the same time and find all 12 of us are running off the curve rather than in lanes, and worse I'm (yet again) all but on the outside...FFS.
Still, if I can get the first 200m out of the way without playing bumper cars with the opposition, this should now be very competitive and fortunately Sunday's DQ man, Gary, takes it out hard and the field spreads reasonably swiftly. Not swiftly enough to prevent me from having to run the first 150 on the inside of lane 3, or the next 100 in lane 2, but ho-hum, there's no accidents and I finally get to the kerb in 5th.
The first 3, led by Gary are well clear, but I relax too much and lose concentration once I've found the kerb and lose touch with 4th as well. Through the bell (to signify one lap to go, Lit) in the merest fraction under 68...bollox, no better than Sunday.
Push hard on the bottom bend, try to pick up my cadence on the back straight into the wind and concentrate on the back of 4th's vest. Feel like I'm running well now, and am closing the gap...200 to go...up the effort levels again, but can I find my kick?
Off the final bend, and give it everything I've got left whilst trying not to tighten up, and I make further ground on 4th, but that big kick I had earlier in the season just isn't there at the moment (pretty hard when you feel partially detached from one of your feet!), and he hangs on by about half a second.
5th of 12 in the race, 3rd of 7 in the M40s, so have earned us good points and after the usual post-race chat (I'm hurting tonight and the lungs are burning which is a good sign) and sociable cool down, come back to look at the results.
2:16.9 for a near 3 second improvement on Sunday, just 0.8s off the PB, and comfortably my 2nd fastest 800m - and an encouraging 68/69 split. Happy with that given the foot, and block of hard efforts. Whether I can sort the foot before the end of the season is probably doubtful, but might be able to squeeze another track PB or two out before the end of the season regardless if I can get some miles in now, and hit the right race fresh.
But I also reckon that there's a sort of unwritten etiquette with the long-running threads, especially where there is a core of people who've been posting for ages. I keep up with what's going on in some of these, but if I've got something to say, it doesn't always seem appropriate to post unless I've got time to respond to others' recent posts, and if there are a lot of these I might just leave it till I've got more time rather than crashing in, ignoring the rest of the discussion, and going 'here's what I reckon, okay bye'.