Posted: 18/01/2017 at 15:08
CW - Cracking HM time, nice one. And belated happy birthday!
ES - Looks like your training has been pretty full-on recently, so no surprise if a pacy LR was a struggle. I'd be fairly happy with how things are going I reckon.
I've been a bit quiet mainly keeping my head down trying to shake off a cold. Last week's mileage was minimal but I'm glad I rested as much as I did as things seemed to have cleared up by the weekend. I'll use the cold as an excuse for not quite managing to keep up with Simon Coombes in the Surrey League XC, but really I ran OK and he had another really good run. In mad contrast to the same fixture last year, whilst I matched my non-scoring team position of 12th, overall I was 47th (first top 50 position this season) compared to 74th last year. With the help of some very quick second-claim athletes we closed 10 in 35 and now have a comfortable lead in the league with one match left.
Hammies were a bit stiff the next day but no problems completing my first 20 miler of the year. No MP running yet this week, but yesterday was the epic hilly fartlek session instead of track, 20 reps and 13.5 miles total. Mid-way through an easy 5/10 today, and tomorrow should finally be my first session at Battersea Park. Not sure what that will entail (haven't seen the e-mail yet) but should be fairly high volume continuous tempo trying to keep up with faster runners. Can't wait.