Posted: 27/09/2014 at 20:48
Pete - glad to hear the op went well and you're back on your feet.
Charlie - I remember long runs used to leave me a bit knackered and a lunchtime tempo session would sometimes result in not a lot of work being done in the afternoon. Doesn't bother me these days, like DT I'm straight back on childcare duty after a race so don't have the opportunity to mope around.
I did have a go at track running earlier in the summer (800m and mile) and developed a banging headache after each race. It went after a few minutes though.
DT - I'm not familiar with the Belbroughton Scarecrow festival, but I've not lived long in this part of the world.
Skinny - That does look like a tasty steak.
Richard - another comically paced race: Another PB. You are obviously doing something right.
Lit - I've just been trying to schedule my last month of HM prep: 3x2mi at HMP will feature in there. Next weekend I have a 10mile race which I'm thinking of running as alternating steady/HMP miles.
Midland Road Relays
I have to apologise a for the lack of race report after last week. It was a really good event and great to run alongside, albeit briefly, some very fast runners. I ws on leg five and it's been a long time since I felt as nervous as I did waiting in the starting pen, not knowing how long it would be until my team mate turned up.
Each leg was approx 3.7 miles so I decided to try running it at 5k pace from a few weeks ago to see how I fared; however the first mile winds up and down, through the woods and round some quite sharp corners on a slightly uneven surface so my pace was right down at about 7m/mi.
Second mile was out and back along a gently undulating road and managed to keep up a decent pace, but my heart wasn't really in it at this stage. I passed a few runners on my leg and was passed by a few leg 6 runners who were lapping us. I don't think I was passed by any leg 5 runners.
I'd been told that the last mile was a gradual downhill, so decided to get a move on and dipped under 6 m/mi. The course then turns sharply and rise moderately for a little over 100m passed the team compound and is lined with all the other runners. Something gave me kick up the arse and I managed a proper sprint finish.
Official time of 23:09. Team finished 61 out of 81. No prize.