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where are the early birds??
will come back later got to get to work and tidy up for visitors....
ABRa'S 10K Race
A scorching morning saw me stood on the start line of the last race of the Dubai racing season. At 0600 on the way to the race my car told me it was 33C and the humdity was clearly high as there was condensation on the windscreen when I started off. With Comrades a week away I had no intention of running too hard but wanted to treat the race as a good Tempo run. With a filed of 350 on a 3 lap narrow winding course along the Marina wall through the hotel gardens and back to the Marina it was very congested at the start particuarly as over half that field were fun runners / walkers but whom with true Dubai attitude where everybody cuts in at the front of the line had started at the front of the grid. At about 1K I nearly fell as the three guys in front of me decided that running 1K was far enough just stopped and started walking, the lady behind me shoved me in the back as I frantically tried to jump out of the way and I just about stayed on my feet.
The first lap was Ok with spilits of 4-15, 4-18, 4-15 per K but on the second lap as the temperature increased the wheels started to come off, a M50 rival whom I have beaten at every race this year cruised by as I went into survival mode. 3 - 6K was run at around the 4-30 min/K pace. I seriously considered bailing as we went past the water station for the last time, but I started so must finish. The Heat and humidity was now as bad as anything I had ever raced in before and I dropped the pace further trundling along at around 4-50 min/K but starting to pick people off as the field wilted. Finished in 45-22 3rd M50 as usual! Three minutes slower than my last 10K on the same course but then the winning time was also 2-30 slower than 2 months ago. Jumped in my car to come home and the temperature readout was showing 38C!
All in all a good workout 9 days before Comrades and only 3 more runs to do!
What: See aboveWhy: I honestly have no idea!Last Hard: the third lap today was more than hard it was horrendousLast Rest: Yesterday
Yesterdays Lyric: Beatles
Todays: not a clue.
DD - what a scrum at the start and then all that in the atmosphere of a sauna, sometimes we should be grateful for this grotty rain we get ! what is forecast for comrades weather - hopefully not that hot and humid ?
enjoyed all the tales of sand pit efforts from yesterday, hidden talents you lot have gotshould be a prize for best field event report this summeri once threw the discus and was very pleased to get it to land in the actual pitch
trini - i remember you mentioning tristan before - unbelievable attitude, great spirit and gives us all a reality check, makes us count our blessings
TT - take care. you seem to be finding your limits. hope the ferritin issue can be addressed and resolved
welcome to KW - hope the marathon training goes well for september
as yesterday progressed the DOMS took hold in a big way ! thighs seized and now calves are joining in, bit of a hobble first thing. nicefoam roller is frightening so a bit more gentle work required to loosen up today. foot ok so far. a more forgiving 5k to look forward to on the near horizon
clinkWe're following a slightly similar recovery path. I too had the novel experience of DOMS after last Saturday's 10K. 5Ks are much more attractive at present!
What: Club track session this eveningWhy: It's Friday, and a reasonable sharpener for Sunday as long as I keep it under control
Sunday's 10K could be interesting, weather forecast is wet & windy and the course is fairly exposed...
DD well battled
What - 3.25 EasyWhy - racing tomorrow nad maybe SunLast Rest - YesterdayLast hard - Sun
DD wow that does sound tough! STart to finish!
why: Moonwalk tomorrow so rest is required
last hard: doing a 2nd run yesterday
last easy: weds
good weekends all!!
What:4.5M Steady this morning.
Scobos: Agree re difference in the two halves on Wed night. It simply must be a high tempo and attack from the start tomorrow.
Gobi: Enjoy Denmark.
SL2: The 200m 12 year old age record has 3 contenders ! A 24.53 from 2003, a 23.9 ( with a question mark after it ) from 1989 and a 24.0 from 1987. Hope that helps.
The British 200m Junior record is still 20.54 by Ade Mafe back in 1985.
Have a good one peeps.
What : 5 miles done , easy jaunt down towards Canary WharfWhy : trying to get rid of the hangover
have a great w/end everyone
What: 5.5M at lunchWhy: working from homeLast hard: WednesdayLast rest: yesterdayLyrics: yes
DD - I would have died - well toughed out!
DD - I thought I was insane running a 10k race during my taper (on Tuesday) - but you're even more insane than I am! Even closer to the race and in ridiculously harsh conditions! Take it easy now!
What: Rest dayWhy: TaperLast Hard: Tuesday - 10km in 42:09Last Rest: TodayLyrics: Nope
3 more runs before Comrades...
hey clink - good luck with the dreaded foam roller
dd ; top work hey! when i got off the plane in dubai last june at 9am the air was like hot tomato soup, awesome job for surviving a 10k in that!
What: 20 lenghths of lush gym poolWhy: mini taper for hereford half mara on sundaylyrics:the sound of me munching my way through 520g of carbs a day till sunday morning
DD - crazy man, but glad you survived!
Slow Duck - have a great Comrades Hideo, and say hello to Tristan for me just before half way on the left!
What: Easy 4 miles
Why: busy multi weekend ahead run, bike and paddle
Last Hard long time
Have a great evening
Dubai Dave - great effort in that heat!
Clink - I'm sure the 5k will be a breeze after that run!
Wabo - good luck for the Moonwalk.
Slow Duck - good 10K!! Enjoy your last few runs before Comrades.
Kelly - good luck for the half.
What: 5.5 miles with a few strides - trying to run a little faster.
Good running everyone.
hi kelly and good luck
good luck comrades too!!
lyrics were You should be stronger than me, Amy Winehouse
staying up late so I can snooze tomorrow afternoon, the bras are very pretty apparently, not seen mine yet will try get a pic on here after moonwalk!