Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:08
Bob- yes the wind played a big part yesterday. Shall elaborate below. Nice pb yesterday, pacing looks good. I think you're about borderline if you have sufficient strength.
Mr V - come on, cough up, we need Portugal training details!
Dan, 73M is very impressive. Good stuff. Hope you don't catch anything.
parkrun yesterday didn't go quite to plan - training indicated I was probably in pb shape but come 9:30am the calmer conditions has picked up and there was a healthy headwind for the first half of the course. Ended up running in 2nd for most of the race feeling quite tired and lacking in energy with 3rd drafting the whole way. Stuck a (wind assisted) 5:20 third mile in to try and shake him but couldn't, and ended up getting outkicked for third. Bit disappointed with how I ran (usually I'm the one sitting behind and drafting), and how I overall felt - just plain tired. Which, to be fair, is probably fair enough given the last few weeks.
Then today I ran the Garioch 10k. I was meant to be working there as an event sponsor, and what better way to show work-related interest than by than by running it yourself? So got a place at 8am, 4 hours before the start. Conditions were quite blustery and in the few hours before the start I think we had had all 4 seasons.
Warmup actually didn't feel to bad so was quietly hopeful of a solid grind type of race. First mile was very fast and despite holding back ran 5:40 but was still way back in the field. Next 2M were uphill into a very strong headwind, and split 5k in 18:48, but knew we still had to come back downhill and we would have the wind at our backs.
Had Nicola Gauld (34:50 10k, 4:11 1500m) in my sights (about 120m in front) and she's one of my targets for this year, so by 7k when we came back past the finish line I was actually feeling pretty satisfied with my performance - legs were very tired which was to be expected but I was hanging in there and having a good grind. Last navigation of the cul-de-sacs and we passed 9k with no problems.
Then we ran into a problem.
Nicola at this point was about 40s ahead and I had 2nd place lady about 30s behind me. In front was a roundabout with what I thought was a marshal signalling us to go straight ahead. Not knowing where I was especially I saw Nicola go ahead so I followed (so did 2nd lady). About 300m further down the line I was Nicola stop and run back the way.... uh oh. After a brief conference (at 6:00/m pace) we determined we'd been sent the wrong way.
Thankfully we had enough of our wits about us to keep going, knowing we'd run into the sports centre to get back to the finish. We ended up having to navigate a narrow street and up the side of football pitches to get back on track, with just 200m to go. I finished in 40:43 having run 6.72M - 800m further than I should have done.
FWIW I probably would have run low 37:xx had I actually run the route (averaged 6:04/m). Turned out the marshal at that point had fallen ill so it was a policeman who was directing runners. The first 50 or so were directed wrongly but a few remembered the course from the year before and despite being told they were going the wrong way, ended up running the correct course. Unfortunately I've never run this race before so didn't have that advantage.
However overall I'm actually pretty pleased with how I ran given the leadup. I wasn't too far away from my main year target and the last few weeks have shown an excellent level of robustness and recovery I haven't had before.
Plan is to take next week very easy and only run a few days - I certainly need it now.