Posted: 27/07/2014 at 23:20
Got up yesterday and decided I would try the parkrun. Have not done it for a long time but figured that it would be fun.
Strolled up there and got there with a few minutes to spare to find that there was no body at the usual start place.
No parkrun in sight. Must be another start location. I was debating about heading off on a 6 miler at MP when I spotted one or two people in the distance heading for the woods.
So off up the hill to the woods I went.
And yes they were on a different start. Not sure why. When I got there they were just starting so I lost some time as I was not prepared to go and I nearly took out a little kid who was with his Dad and somehow they were not at the very back. So had to apply emergency brakes after applying the full throttle.
The normal route has this profile :
But the route yesterday was like this with the last mile being a climb instead of a mini climb and descent :
The last climb was brutal.
My watch time was 23:01 and my official time was 23:31. I did not start the watch until just after the near collision.
I finished 42 out of 165 runners and was 2nd in my age group.
I was well and truly knackered but then decided to do 3 miles at MP. This was probably when I felt the heat the most and I had forgot to bring water to re-hydrate after the 5k effort. Silly boy.
So 3 miles at 7:59 m/m.
Today I decided to try the LSR the day after a hard run. It is how Hal Higdon recommends you should incorporate the MP into the training plan.
I went out with 10 -12 miles in my head at 8:30 - 8:45 pace.
Ended up doing 11 miles at 8:35 m /m. Last 1-2 miles were tough as the legs were getting tired.
So that is 37 miles this week in all. Pretty good first week of training.