Posted: 28/07/2016 at 08:22
Blimey Dan, that looks a bit sketchy. At least it was dry, I certainly wouldn't want to do that in the wet.
TT - sounds like you're doing enough to tick over and I've no doubt you can make some massive gains in those 8 weeks.
Well, I don't know where my good form has come from but I had a great run last night. 35mpw with not much other than running with the dog seems to be working well for me, on the shorter stuff at least. I've done quite a bit of racing, so maybe that is helping.
My wife wanted to get out of the house for a while (she's already bored of being on maternity leave!) so came to watch and seemed to enjoy it. We watched the fast 3,000m race (won by Andy Baddeley in 7:58 with a young Tonbridge guy right behind him, then about 15 others under 8:20), then registered and went home for a bit. Came back at 8:30 to watch the last few 1500 races - looked like SC2 had a decent run but looked in a bit of pain in the last 200m!
My mate and I were in the last 3,000m race which ended up starting at about 9:50pm. To be honest conditions were absolutely perfect so had no excuses really - the only problem was the large number of runners, about 25 I think and all having an estimated time within about 45s of each other. So I lined up right near the outside to get a cleaner first lap but was on the 2nd row.
I ran the first 400m or so in lane 2 but at least was avoiding the clipping of heals that I saw on the inside. First lap was 70s which was perfect, then 800m in 2:21, then 1km in 2:56 at which point it had stretched out a bit and I was on the inside in single file. I remember thinking at that point that it was absolutely perfect for a fast time - nice conditions, I'd started at the right pace and was just following others going at the pace I wanted. The next km was fairly uneventful, just holding 71s and actually feeling OK - working hard but felt strong. Went through 2km in 5:54 and thought a PB was on as that only needed 3:01 for the last km.
With 800m to go I started to try to push on a bit, although in reality I probably only picked up to 70s, but was catching a few people. At the bell the clock said 7:41, so I knew I had a PB at that point and it was just a case of how fast I could go. At 600m to go I had passed my mate who holds the club record of 8:51, so thought that might be on.
Just to keep you in suspense, I don't actually know the final time yet as the clock stopped on the first runner (8:3x), but my wife timed it at 8:50, so it is probably somewhere in the 8:50/51 range. I asked my mate afterwards what the exact club record was and he said 8:51.99 so I should have beaten that, but hopefully it's more like 8:50 (8:4x would be amazing).
Interestingly with 800m to go a lady pulled alongside me which took me a bit by surprise. I don't know who she was but she finished in about 8:54 which is the 4th fastest by a British woman this year.