Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:17
AlanB - that's a great 10,000m given the circumstances. A lot of people struggle to run quick times for 10k on the track - you would just assume it's quicker but I don't think that's necessarily the case.
RB - top effort, shame about the fall but still an impressive result.
Well my run today was pretty tough. Said hello to Marigold at the start who was doing the HM (pothunting) and he had a comfortable lead when I saw him at the out-and-back after about 2M.
I was running with one other guy for the first half, clipping along at 5:5x feeling ok. Only issue was I'd tied one of my shoes too tightly and it was hurting on top, and then on the outside when there was a camber. We were in 3rd/4th with one guy a long way ahead (2:20ish runner) and another about 2.5 mins ahead according to Mrs Padams at 12M.
Around 14M my companion pushed on a bit and I decided to let him go as it felt a bit hard that early on. He got about 15s ahead but no further for a few miles. At this point I was still doing about 6s. Weirdly we caught 2nd place around 16M so he must have blown up fairly badly.
Around 19M I was slowing a bit but slightly closing on the other guy. I felt ok and thought if I held that gap to say 23M I could push on and catch him. However, at that point we turned into the wind and the course got very twisty with lots of small undulations (classic MK bike paths). The wheels fell off a bit and he pulled away. I was a long way ahead of 4th so knew I could just nurse it home, although to be honest I just wanted it to finish at that point. The last few miles into the wind were 6:2x, so not a complete disaster, but final result was 2:38:0x (77:30 + 80:30 ish).
Spoke to the two guys who beat me afterwards and that made me feel better as they both said the course/conditions were tough and had expected to run faster (we all beat the previous course record). The winner did 2:31 and said he slowed to 6s by the end, so sounds like it was the same for everyone.
My legs actually feel ok, but my foot is a bit sore so will probably take a couple of days off, or dust off the bike.