Posted: 23/05/2015 at 17:40
Congrats to Mr V on the 10k PB midweek, and good parkrunning today. Notice on Connect that Muddy and Charlie had a couple of solid parkruns between them today too.
Another busy, and fairly crap week for me, so I've lost track a bit over the last few days, hopefully I've not forgotten 'owt else earth shattering, but hello to everyone else - I have still been reading. Nicked myself shaving early in the week, and have developed a nasty cyst on my Adam's Apple which has been needled and I'm now on antibiotics. I've also got a couple of other minor, and unpronounceable skin conditions around my eyes at least one of which can be brought on by stress it seems - this figures. Finally, I'd woken up with a sore throat (perhaps related to the cyst) but also lungs full o'crap on Wednesday morning.
All this ain't a great backdrop for 3 races plus a relay in 4 days, and it was also very windy on Wednesday night. Enjoyed the relay, though 400m flat out doesn't half hurt! Felt I ran reasonably well in my 800m, but the cold, wind and delayed start saw me short of what I was hoping for with 2:21.3. A season's best, and 3rd (of 5) in the V35 race so earned us good points, but hoped I'd be back to last year's PB time by now.
Chest was a bit better by this morning, and the weather is obviously much warmer and calmer than it has been recently, so tried to stay optimistic for today's 800m at the County Champs. Last year, it was a 3 man race, and I was almost 20 seconds adrift of the other 2, but this year there were 5 Notts and 4 Derbys, and a good spread of times so likely to be more competitive. Getting there in plenty of time, I got in the full range of my preferred 800m warm up for the first time this season, and chatting with a clubmate and friendly acquaintance (FA) beforehand was feeling up for it despite the turbulent week.
Once we're off I felt great right from the gun, and whilst down in perhaps 5th or 6th, was pleased (for the first time) to be narrowly leading aforementioned FA through the bell, which we got to in just under 68.5 and about smack on what I was after. FA has always beaten me comfortably in the past, and sure enough he came up on to my shoulder round the bottom bend and tried to go past down the straight. He edged in front, but not enough to cut inside, and I kicked with 200m to go to ensure he couldn't do so. Felt I was easing away from him round the top bend, and sure enough as I threw everything at the final straight I was now on my own. 2:17.7 for a near 2 second PB, including a 69 second last 400m for a near even split, and by a large margin my fastest second lap of an 800m which I'm taking as a really good sign.
Almost 14 seconds faster than I ran the equivalent race in last year, 4th of the 5 Notts runners, so just outside the medals, but needless to say I'm not bothered about that. For a bit of context, FA has been staying in touch with middle-distance indoors throughout the winter, and has a recent sub-36 road 10k to his name, whilst I also edged out one of his clubmates who is a sub-17 man over 5k.
Today was a good day - back on track with my season targets I think just as some doubts were starting to creep in. Vets 3000m tomorrow, and then on to the lactic tolerance sessions in a week or so - these were the sessions that I made such big gains off last season, so obviously I'm hoping to do so again.