Posted: Yesterday at 21:38
Just in from race and will do a small report.. Shame about the last few runs LSH, I'd not run and maybe give any cycling a cut back too?
Felt ok most of the day and got to the race with plenty of time.. Saw a lot of the big guns out and with it being the last in the series was bound to be a good fight! The overall prize was still to be decided on tonight!
Saw Matt Bennett and had a catch up, his aim is Sub 2:25 at Amsterdam Marathon in October...Damn! Nick, Matt, Stephen all in force and Kyle Hackett running for Southampton too made for a deep first 10...Me and Matt warmed up together running 20 minutes at a decent clip too.. (No garmins though)
A slightly rushed start and we lead of in a large group but the names mentioned take the lead and it's a fast and furious pace. Not sure why but a Stubbington lad led out for 1KM at a stupidly fast pace but then dropped out...
I'm in around 8th with guys around me and this feels ok, my legs feel strong although not fresh. The course was 3 laps and started with a slight incline before coming down and around.. Halfway round and we are thinned out, a few turns and I'm pretty happy with whose infront.. A lordshill runner I belive to be Ant Gritton overtakes and brings along another Romsey guy with him (Unknown to me)
So I fall back but I'm just focusing on my effort output for now.. As we come onto the flats it's fast. I look down and I'm sub 5:20 miling yet no where near the leaders! Yikes!
Up over the first loop and I'm feeling fine, I then catch up Kyle who drops back and the Lordshill runner has dropped the Romsey guy. As we turn round trees I see the lead group isn't that far ahead as such but a real tussle...
2nd lap complete and around 3miles + change I am still feeling strong so decided to try push to catch Romsey.. Kyle then appears and we work together for a few hundred metres before he tails off again. I can't get my legs to go much faster than 5:30 pace but Romsey guy isn't coming back to me anyway.. I continue the effort feeling strong but things have become difficult having to overtake lots of people now who are on the 2nd lap.. Frustrating given the course dynamics but oh well.. Same for everyone..
Up the final incline down round a good chunk of gravel path and again I feel solid although not fast so to speak.. I am pleased with how the race has gone and a quick glance shows Kyle wont catch me, I can't see past the Lordshill guy so have no idea whose winning
Into the finishing area and a little spurt to cross the line.. 7th
Securing 3rd overall in the series. Happy with that..
Matt Bennett taking victory and Stephen 2nd with Nick 3rd.. So Southampton a 1,2,7,8 for overall victory today but also team prize! Nick Buis winning individual for 3rd year running
A nice warm down with Nick and Stephen back round the course made up some miles..
Around 2.8 mile warm up run (Going off just over 7m/m which is still generous I think)
Race - 4.29m @5:38 miling
1.48m WD @8:13m/m Nice easy convo pace
8.57 miles for the day
In honesty my calves were fine during the race.. 1st time I've worn my Inov8s for around a month.. But my heel is tender now. Have to manage that. Not so much the achilles at all but can feel the odd throb.. Easy mileage rest of the week and may reduce tomorrow to 8m instead of 10...