Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:41
Morning All ..... not been on for a while, been a bit glum with some annoying tiddly injuries.
I've been stalking in from time to time to read about your exploits, 10k-tastic all round for the likes of Dachs, Lev, cracking PB ES. Nice 5 from TT and ouch Ticktock on that gruelling 26.2 training run - well done mate. DanA - sub3 strikes again at Cyclopark, did that race last year and it ate me alive for the last 5 laps as I bombed to a death marchy 1.32/1.47. It's a smooth surface but it undulates, because there are so many laps and I didn't really follow the racing line so did about a good half a K more. Also, Bufo, thats a quality 5000 track race. CC82 congratulations on a great run and a GFA. You've got the eye of the tiger and the sub3 will come. Enjoy the ride, when you get there, it tastes even sweeter.
My niggles , is probably a bit of overuse, maybe getting the miles up too quickly after the Spring marathons. I'd had a good Bupa10K, then a normal week with a 13 mile trail training session at the end of it, in 1 hour 40. It wasn't hilly but it was many surfaces and my legs felt smashed after. Shin Splint pain. I couldn't train all week, then I did a few miles tester and could feel a nasty knot in the calf, backed right off and didn't even get out of bed for the Ickenham 5 last Sunday.
By Tuesday I was feeling a bit better (in the calf dept) so went to our Club Championships, with 7 miles easy done earlier that day. I ran the 5000 B race, which was most enjoyable. I had no expectations and targeted 19 mins. I ran with a pal who I train with and a couple more joined our little group which was nice to "share" the work. I definitely felt like I was the most relaxed out of everyone around me (despite them all having better 5k pbs) as I could tell by the breathing, and that gave me confidence to hold the pace and just squeeze it gently the last couple of laps. There was a guy ahead who is usually much quicker but he had try to go with the leaders and ended up dropped and in limbo, so I figured I wouldn't chase him and let him drop back to us. One of the girls in the group made a move and disappeared (to eventually finish 3rd) from sight, then another tried to, but didn't drop us and I was still "relaxed" - last two laps I got in front and squeezed the pace and the guy in limbo ahead was close 10-15 metres in the last 200 so I bombed up the home straight and took him a couple of metres from the line (to take 4th) with people shouting on the side - good fun, got a first official sub19 - 18.53.0 probably more in line with my 38.17 10k. I was very relaxed at the 10k and the 5000, perhaps I need to be a bit bolder and run a slightly harder pace. It seems i like to have a bit of breathing space, but it did give me the opportunity to finish very very strongly, which i don't usually do. What a laugh! (shin splints still playing up tho' so very little training again this week
I've a bib in my possession for the City of London mile on Sunday, I'm in wave 2 - put 5:20 as my target (ha ha no chance) - i'll be in heathside vest, aviators. Say hello if you're about .....