Posted: 14/09/2014 at 14:36
Rachel I'm sure I've bored you guys before with the tale of my trying to run with my brother once. He said no problem I'm doing a recovery run, so we set out along the canal near his house [this is in NI], and we did 13 x 8 min miles,with a few very welcome stops for surfacing and crossing busy roads!
Obviously this would have been a huge half PB for me if it had been a race, and my brother actually said he couldn't run any slower.
Similarly when Nike Town opened at Oxford Circus they asked our club for some real runners for promotion gigs and came to the track where they selected me amongst others [a range of looks more than anything, but actually most of our top runners inc an Olympian].
We were to report to City Hall, did that, and was there kitted out in signature apparel including a nifty pair of very flat [for years ago] shoes which happened to be in suitable West Ham colours.
Throughout the process I was asking *are you sure?!*, and received constant reassurance that we would be jogging slowly to Oxford Circus distributing freebies to school children and tourists.
I'm sure you've guessed that things immediately became competitive once we started, and the whole thing turned into a bizarre bus, bike & cab dodging VO2 max session in the wrong shoes.
At one point a delightful youth offered the opinion that I ws *so dying*. To which I slowed to briefly explain the facts of the matter along the lines of the education I normally reserve for the VMLM roadside Surrey Quays pundits [*these are the fun runners coming now*]
Sarah I'm so glad you're in 2 - incredible that you'll already be recovering from the big one!
This morning I attempted the progression 20 I'd binned several times due to leg incapacity, and although I was 6 secs slow on average for the first 7@MP+45, I more tha nailed the next 7 @MP+25, dipped again trying for 6@MP by average 7 secs/mile, but hey overall I did 22.14 in well under 4 hours despite the onslaught of dogs, bikes, kids, carp fishermen, and twisty diversions good weather brings out.
It will have to do.
Come on Angela!