Posted: 27/08/2015 at 09:13
Ric, really hope things work out for you health-wise.
Good to at least see you enjoying your running SG, even if you're not in racing shape yet.
Dean, I did think you'd be PBing as well, but still a very fine time, and with the races having stacked up in the last couple of weeks and all the other things that went with them, it's still been a great end to the season.
PP - 100 mile week! Crikey. I'm struggling to break 50 this summer...
Very promising tempo AG.
SC - speedy reps on the slippery grass. I'm entirely with you on the sleep. I get between 5 and 6 hours a night. My main problem is drifting off on the sofa and awaking fully clothed at some point in the early hours of the morning. I need more sleep, I know I'll feel better and run better, but can't seem to change my routine.
Back at Watford last night for a crack at a 1500 PB. PB is a lethargic 4:24.8, so I'm confident of beating it, and I've got my eye on 4:20. Ditch the watch and decide to go by the big clock at the finish line, with the targets 52, 2:01, 3:10 each time I cross it.
As always, my first few metres sees me at the back of the field, but I use the start of the first bend to place myself about 4th, so that I can get a clear run on the inside. Through 300 in 51, feels OK. Keep the pace consistent and move forward to 2nd on the next lap, and go through 700 dead on 2:01.
This is where I made the mistake that many people make, and which I knew beforehand I should be aware of, and switched off for lap 3 when I should have pressed the pace. This meant I hit the bell off target in 3:12. Annoyed with myself, I try to change the pace, but a couple come past. Try to kick, but can't change the pace really, and finish in 4:21.84.
So, a PB (3rd PB in 3 weeks!), but not quite what I was going for. 4:20 is going to be about where I top out without specific, long-term middle distance training, and I don't have the natural aptitude at these distances to justify that. So I will probably just do the odd 800 and 1500 in the vets leagues for fun, but not bother with going to meets like these for those distances next year.
I had also entered the 3000 on the off-chance I felt sprightly afterwards. However, rather than sprightly, I felt a bit sick, and a 3000 wouldn't have been pretty (or fast), so didn't bother. Shame, because for once I had been drawn at the back of the fast heat, rather than the front of the second heat. Never mind, there are a couple more 3000s to get under 9 in September.