Posted: 27/08/2015 at 22:50
TT - Aarghh! Hope you're feeling better.
CW - Some good quality in there, hope the cramming pays off.
I was quietly dreading this evening's 10 mile track tempo run. It was the last in a series of progressively longer (1M @ MP + 800m @ threshold) alternating pace runs, starting at 7 miles, last one 8.5. So this was 7 @ MP with 6 x 800 in between. Having averaged 5:48 and 2:41 for the respective reps last time, I set myself a target of 5:40 and 2:40 for this one, and even wore race shoes to give myself a chance. (I brought my original non-Boost Adios out of semi-retirement because I like the firmer sole on the track.) Being a proper geek, I started 93 metres back from the line to clock a proper 10 mile time. I had some company, including the odd runner jumping in and out, and more importantly a quicker club mate (2:23 marathoner) who helped pace me round the whole thing.
Well I needn't have worried too much, it went rather bloody well;
1600s: 5:39, 5:38, 5:37, 5:37, 5:37, 5:36, 5:30
800s: 2:36, 2:39, 2:41, 2:39, 2:37, 2:39
10 mile time: 55:31. If I hadn't already broken my 10 mile PB earlier this year this would theoretically give me a UK V40 top ten ranking. And following a 6.5 mile run at lunchtime I'm now on 97 miles in 6 days.