Posted: 30/05/2016 at 13:18
Ali - best of luck with the 5000m for tomorrow.
Rob and iBB - amazing running. I cannot imagine how you managed to keep focused for so long with so many laps of the course.
washwood -like you I have been absent with work and life continuing to be hectic leaving little time for browsing the old tinternet. Running has been sporadic over the last month. Did manage a session of the track in the last week and I had forgotten ho much I love these hard sessions. This was what underpinned my running last year and I have been neglecting them this year.
Time to start training properly rather than just running.
Today i raced the London 10000. Coldest bank holiday Monday I can remember.
I was really not sure about this at all. No proper training. Last few weeks have only been about 20 miles per week.
I was in the first of four waves so put myself at the back and it took about 4 mins to get over the line.
Mentally I had prepared myself for a tough race and set a sub 50 mins as a target. Purely from a lack of running leading to a lack of fitness.
Set off at a nice pace and finished the first mile in 7:33. Feeling ok I pushed it for the next 2 miles and covered these in 7:20 and 7:22. As it is more or less an out and back course, it was interesting to see the winner on the other side of the road when I passing the 3km mark. He looked strong. He would have been about 6km and only started about 5 mins before me.
While I was happy with my pace I was not sure if I could hold it so I kept telling myself to keep focusing on the current mile. Mile 4 was 7:17 and I managed to keep this pace for mile 5 - 7:19.
I was hurting by now but kept focusing on the groups ahead of me and trying to catch them, pass them and then picked the next target to catch. I got through mile 6 in 7:02.
By now there was not much left in the tank but kept pushing on and covered the last section in 2:10.
6.34 miles according to my Garmin in 46:03. Really happy with that. A negative split too with my last mile being my fastest mile. About 1:30 off my PB but considering that I would have settled for a sub 50, this was fab.
It would have been so easy not to run today. But really glad I did. Shows me that I have not lost it completely and will give me the boost I need to take control of everything and get training properly again.
Hopefully i will find time to get on here more regularly even if it is only a short post.
What is everyone else up to now we are heading for the summer season ?