Posted: 30/10/2016 at 21:22
Worksop Half Marathon for me today. I surprised myself again with 1.28.39, which is over a minute faster than Robin Hood last month. You can never tell if you're on pace or not as it's such an up and down course. I didn't think I stood a chance of sub 90 as every time I looked at my watch I seemed to be doing over 7 min miling. I clearly didn't look at my watch during the downhills! Then spent the afternoon spending the vouchers from both of those races. Retail therapy with free money Still a long way off my best, but I'm clawing my way back.
Jooligan, I'm assuming your XC and fell series will be over by the end of January? In which case there's certainly no harm in targeting them. It's good to have something to focus on before the real hard work for London kicks in IMHO. I wouldn't bother with parkrun myself, but in the build up I do like to race over 1 mile, 5k, 10k and Half Marathon to see where I'm at, as well as the big club XC races (County Champs, Regionals, National and Inter Counties). I'd count the half as a B target and everything else as a good tempo workout/C target.