Posted: 29/07/2015 at 23:38
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.