Posted: Yesterday at 11:56
Good to see bainsy contemplating racing again. Looking forward to seeing what you can do.
Dan - Good effort yesterday. I think I would've been tempted to DNF by ducking into one of the local drinking holes by the Thames.
Padams - Some impressive multi-racing in quick succession. I was hoping to report a quicker 3,000m time then you went and one-upped me.
...After some relatively low mileage weeks leading up to the marathon, followed by a bike tour shortly afterwards, I've not really been feeling myself on the running front recently, so I was quietly dreading yesterday's race. Following the demise of the Southern Men's League, we've joined the lower ranks of the Southern Athletics League this year. We may struggle initially since we just don't have the numbers to put out a full women's team, but equally it's a great opportunity for some members to try events they've never done before, and I'm sure we'll get some momentum going.
I was up for the 3,000m, definitely not my distance but I was telling myself that it's only 7.5 laps, so would be over quicker! I had myself down for 9:30 - 9:40 before the race based on recent (not very good) form, and started out at more like 5k pace, but found it comfortable and managed to keep pushing the pace, working my way up from 4th to 1st in the B-string race in the process, so that was nice. Km splits were something like 3:12, 3:11, 3:06 for a time of 9:29.7. Just 12 seconds outside my PB (my only other 3,000m) but there will be at least two other opportunities to run it again this year, so I'd like to be getting closer to 9 minutes really.
So a slightly renewed racing mojo after my first track race going into the Summer, which is nice. And helped by a new double-session regime as of last week, which involves regular sessions before breakfast each week day. That'll be row/run doubles Mon/Wed/Fri and run/run doubles Tue/Thu with long runs and bike rides at weekends. (With the odd mid-week bike ride thrown in when the weather's nice.) Hopefully reaching PB shape before undoing all the running fitness with a three week bike tour mid August!