Cheers McF - good decision on the 3000m this soon I reckon. Be good to see what you can do next time though.
Enjoyed it tonight. Plan was to go off around 6:40s and take it from there. Didn't quite go to plan as got dragged along through the first half mile at more like 6:15s, and then spent the next mile and a half chatting to the best mate of my boss, who along with his wife had stormers at London last week. Missed the first mile split (6:25), and soon after the next mile clocked in at 6:47 decided I better stop gassing, and concentrate a bit. Hadn't realised at the time, but Lit's old clubmate Geoff was right behind us at that point and I later got chastised for 'spending 2 miles gassing and then disappearing off'!
Only slowly wound it up from there though with 6:39 and 6:33 before a 6:09 final mile which was an enjoyable pick-off-athon, with another of Lit's old clubmates Tim, and her friend CC being two of the pickees. Tim shouted that he was catching me again soon after passing him...don't think he was but that spurred me on to catch and overtake a couple more before nearly having a coming together with another HP runner (who I didn't know previously) who shut the door on me.
About 90 seconds down on last year, but given the 10 minutes spent concentrating on talking rather than running, and the acceleration over the last few miles there's clearly more there when I actually decide to make myself suffer a bit!
Good to catch up briefly with Tommy, who I'll let tell his own story but had a good run, and was only marginally down on my time last year when I was far fitter, and which I book-ended with 38:24 / 18:15 for 10k / 5k respectively, so he should have a cracking summer if his body recovers well from London.
Belated congrats to all the marathon-ites. Thoroughly enjoyed my morning tracking you all round the course, and trying to spot you on the telly. Definitely saw McF and Tommy coming up The Mall, and think I may have caught a brief glimpse of Lit (congrats on the team medal!) at the start. Was quite a morning on the spotting front, as I also saw another HP team mate, another former RW regular Park Run Fan plus his OH Hannah, numerous other Notts' runners, and a small battalion's worth of Charnwood team mates, including Mark Couldwell who DT's familiar with. He ran a storming 2:26...but our endurance/speed bias is such that I'm still faster than him over 800m.
Shame about the late fade McF, but there were reasons for that, and it's still a massive PB. I continue to be really impressed with the progress you've made.
And welcome to velloo - another former Middle Ground-er joins the fray.
Continuing to make a bit of progress here. 'Ran' rather than 'raced' a 400m (66.5) swiftly followed by a 1500m (5:13-ish) in the Vets League last Wednesday, sticking to my plan of doing just enough to beat those I felt I realistically could and walked off the track feeling pretty fresh after both. So despite it being almost a literally freezing cold night (2c!) that included rain, hail, sleet, snow, hail, thunder and lightning, a glorious late sunset once it had all cleared through, and ended by a floodlight failure late on meaning the 200m relays I'd hung around for were cancelled, it was a worthwhile trip out. Struggled through a 5k paced session on Saturday, but felt like a corner may have been turned when I found a long since forgotten groove on a planned 10m plod on Sunday, which thus turned into something rather more enjoyably brisk, particularly over the last 3 miles.
Tonight I will be (unsuccessfully) chasing a bright blue buff for 5 miles round the HP rowing lake.
As I woke up in time, forced myself hurriedly out of the door for a parkrun this morning. Only had time for just over a 5 minute warm up, and forgot my watch, which may have been a blessing in disguise as couldn't torture myself with how unfit I am, and whilst uncomfortable at times wasn't an eyeballs out effort.
Picked a couple of likely fellas to chase round and picked them both off in a half decent finish which was enough to duck (just) under the 20 mark with 19:55.
1:40 down on where I was in May last year, and over a minute down on two years ago, but not unhappy with that in the circumstances of only averaging 13 miles/week since the beginning of December.
Quick call in to wish all the marafunners good luck on Sunday. Keep your snow boots handy.
Also well done to Lou with his excellent Manchester effort, to Madbee for smashing through 20 minutes for 5k (doubt I'd manage it at the moment), to DT for the 5k PB, and anything else of import I might have missed whilst I've been slacking.
Hello to everyone else.
Still not training properly here, as the lurgy I thought I'd shifted last time I posted came back with a vengeance by way of a chest infection that kept me out of the relays that Tommy did. Got some good miles in on hols in Lanzarote including running up a volcano (twice), but struggling to get into a routine at home as work's busy, and we're taking some tentative steps towards a possible (local) house move so running is well down the list of priorities for now.
The last time I really raced or even ran particularly fast in any organised way was my last 1500m of the season in September, and despite telling Charnwood I wasn't fit, have still been asked to run 1500m in the Vets league at Kettering next week. This will be very, very messy. I ran a Mile in 5:05 back in September, but if I can get within 15-20 seconds of that on Wednesday for 109m less it will be a result. I think I'll pick someone (slow) to race, and forget about the time.
Good running all. A PB after an injury scare and reduced running sounds like a result to me, McF. Looking good for London, DT. Excellent comeback, Richard and a belter from Tommy - smashed that 90 minute barrier there.
Finally got some decent running in here too - a slightly longer progressive run yesterday with a couple of miles cool down tagged on the end, and a slower 10 today - first 10 miler since late November. Over 18 for the weekend in total, and 23.5 since Thursday, so starting to actually look like training again rather than just some occasional tw@tting about in some running shoes.