Posted: 28/08/2014 at 14:49
Hello Sub3-ers super speedy fast peeps. I'm still around, been on a bit of holidaying, been a bit grumbly as having had many little niggles that have made my training a bit stop start. On the whole can't complain too much, am managing to put together some sort of prolonged training together for Abingdon. Nothing like you lot mileagewise, but 45-50 per week is something. Barbeque belly is dissappearing.
Had a burn in the Thames Meander Half at the weekend - 11th overall / 1st Old Codger in 1:27 odd. Was nice to get a decent run in to keep the confidence alive. There was a nice fella called Gav who kept me company for most of the second half of the race nagging/pulling me along for the difficult miles and i managed to turn in ok consistent pace. We knew we were outside sub1.27 pace so i conceeded that i didn't fancy racing all the way to the finish as i was pretty shattered so he started dropping me with about half a mile to go but still shouted out encouragement as he gradually pulled away. If i hadn't had that company - i'm sure i wouldn't have worked as hard. I reckon - i'm in more like 1.26.30 shape - that course was good, but there were some hairy moments dodging walkers, dogs, kids on bikes, other runners, single filing along a tight bit with marathon runners coming toward you. That definitely forced me to drop down a gear or two when i didn't want to. One the whole happy with the race and progress considering i'm not in as good as form as 6 months ago and don't have as many miles in the legs.
BTW i saw Ryan having a photo finish moment in the full marathon.They were pushing each other right over the line! They have the same chip time but Ryan nicked the second on the gun time! I didn't get a chance to say hello but it was good to see him turn in another good performance. I think it warmed up a bit for the marathoners.
i'll read back in the next couple of days and see what you lovelies have been up to..