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Overdone it?

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 11:52

So in brief, I arrived at the venue at 5.15, before the organisers even got there!

Got myself changed and took my time over my warm up. Saw Muddy, we went for  a steadier jog then I made my finals preps including relubing my inner thighs due to the impact of my super short shorts.

We then got called to the start. It was a narow pathway and I was conscious of positioning myself in a fair position. The race started and I was stampeded with people flying past. This led to me upping my pace so as not to have people tutting at me for starting too far forward.

Mile 1 came in at 6.04 and by this point the field had thinned out and I spent the rest of the race slowly overtaking runners. I found myself running during mile 2 with 3rd lady. I knew she was a reasonable runner as she had beaten me narrowly at the Droitwich 10k recently. I considered sitting with her (if I was Skinny I probably would have as it presented rather pleasant viewing) but as we went around the difficult section of the loop, where much of the climbing was, together with a headwind, I could sense her struggling so I pulled in front of her. I expected her to come back later in the race but she never did, finishing some 30 seconds behind me I'd estimate.

The middle miles settled quite a bit coming in at 6.12, 6.16 and 6.16. Mile 5 landed in such a way that it incorporated all the hardest parts of the course and I was feeling a bit tired by then. I knew though that a sub 7mm would see me to a pb. The final 400 metres or so seemed to go on and on and I was in a world of lactate pain and felt like I was barely moving.

Having speculated on the weekend that the vomit days might be behind me, as I got within 50m of the line the desire returned, however I sucked it up and held firm, saving my best for the finish funnel. Mile 5 was 6.27 so not as terrible as it felt, particularly given in terms of profile it was also a hard mile. Time on watch was 31.29 (probably rounded to 31.30) for circa 30 second pb.

I managed to find a sink with hot water to have  a wash in before Muddy and I engaged in some highly technical HR talk. Muddy unfortunately declined the opportunity to wash and continued running.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 11:32

Glad you are now in working order, WP!

Good running Dr Dan. Do you feel like you are continuing to improve on the First stuff? I know you are only quasi following it right now.

5 mile race last night. This was now my oldest pb having run 31.59 in the same race last year. Plan was to run it at 6.15 pace. In the end my average pace was 6.15 but I did it the hard way with a 6.04 first mille and 6.27 last mile coming in for 31.29 on watch so probably 31.30.

So since turning 40 in January ive pb'd at 5k (twice), 5 mile, 10k, half marathon, 20 mile and marathon. The only outstanding distance is 10 miles which is probably my strongest 30s pb as was set 3 weeks before my 40th. I only have 1 go at that, being the race my pb was set in, in December.

Overdone it?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 23:42


Overdone it?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 22:44

Just checked again, was 6.04 followed by 6.11, 6.16, 6.16 and 6.27.

It was a crazy fast start. In my head 5 miles was more associated with 5k but really it's more closely linked to 10k I think. 

Overdone it?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 20:05

Mild pb tonight. 31.29 on watch. I'm fact average pace was 6.15 though I got caught up in a 6.02 first mile leading to a 6.27 last mile. It was a quite heavy evening with a bit of headwind and 200 foot of climbing.  All in all reasonably satisfied.

Muddy and I are off to Harvester now for a sweaty dinner. 

Overdone it?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 11:12

Thanks for the tip. I can do that and then use the calculated Maidenhead time to tell me what I should achieve 4 weeks later in Bristol (which is a bit flatter than Nottingham) which I am unable to run as it clashes with Nottingham.

Overdone it?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 10:57

Happy big birthday, Mace. Hope things improve soon on the foot side of things.

I must make a point of conducting such an analysis after I run the very hilly Kenilworth half in 10 days, in anticipation of the Robin Hood. I can make it more interesting as well by referring back to 2012 when I ran Kenilworth and followed it 4 weeks later with the Bristol half.

Autumnal 5 tonight so I am hopeful of a pb given I have beaten the time in almost every 10k i've raced since September and more recently on a tempo run. I think the balance is not being too greedy by charging off at sub 6 pace then blowing up. A 6.15 average should be achievable, based on my recent parkrun and would deliver a reasonable pb.

I have recently become more irritated than usual by people using the term 'literally' when speaking metaphorically. It peaked the other night when a team GB medallist was interviewed and asked a question and he said 'I literally can't speak'!!!!!

Overdone it?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:57

Excellent long running all.

Well done Pete and Lit on yesterday's efforts.

I did 13.5 with 10 at hmp plus 20 today. Weather was reasonable, albeit a little blustery. I was keen to follow up last week's decent long run with another. Came out 6.47 average pace. 12 seconds per mile faster than last Sunday but only 1 bpm more on hr. Let's felt good, like yesterday's parkrun flushed the legs out.

Quiet week this week as away Friday to Monday so all about Wednesday's 5 miler. 

Overdone it?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 11:02

yes I felt surprisingly good. Looking at results there was only 10 pbs in top 150 and only 3 in top 50 so clearly not a fast day . 

The Middle Ground

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 10:43

Well done  Andrew.

Lovely but of tv work, Dr Dan.

I did parkrun also. It was wet and blustery and with a big run Sunday and a 5 mile race Wednesday I decided all out wasn't worth it so t argetted 6.15 pace which is planned 5 mile pace. Came out 6.10, 6.10, 6.17 and 5.34 for scraps for 19.13. Pretty pleased with that as having run an all out parkrun 5 weeks ago, this wasn't that. I was surprised how easily 6.10 pace came. I think had I busted a gut I'd have been  able to pb. 5th place as well which is my highest ever parkrun finish. 

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