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Thought I'd stumbled onto the magnesium thread for a second
Big mileage for doubles Bus! Phil, hope that eases soon son. Doesn't sound too pretty, but am sure the expert man will sort you out sharpish.
Let's have a quick race report to break ting up.
Continuing the summer of 5ks then, it was another of the summer series races. Being a race starting about half a mile from home, I really couldn't get away with not doing this one. Also, I won this one last year, so had to turn up really.
This was 5k number 6 since mid May, and the 4th in this series. Now Battersea Park is all about time, position doesn't matter, these races are probably the other way round, although not as strong as the time doesn't matter.
Tonight was obviously red hot temperature. Not really humid though, but still wouldn't be a fast one.
It's a strange pre-race feeling when you're basically able to sit about relaxing at home until 25mins before, and just stroll over there. Sort of great, but sort of weird at the same time. Like something's missing.
Had to move a convo along with a pal outside my actual door, aware I needed to at least pretend to get a warm up in!
1.5mile jogged out, making sure not to get involved in any chats, and to the start line.
Mr Livesey, top 40 at London marathon fame was there, so it was a race for 2nd at best. Couple of local pals, Ali from Wargrave who always supplies a close ish race for a decent part of the race, and a bunch of Maidenhead chaps.
I vow to ease into the race, as that worked well at Marlow, and tonight is a fair bit hotter.
Livesey storms off, and I'm joint 2nd for a bit. Pace is comfy, there's a little gang around. A Handy Cross guy takes it on, and I'm honestly thinking who the heck is this guy, when realising he wasn't Maidenhead (same colour vest)
Noisy shoes Maidenhead vet comes by. He's progressively been improving over the series from being a good 6 places behind at the first event, to doing me in the last 2.
First km is basically a square loop, that brings you back to the start. 3.28 first km. That's sensible. Not too fast, on a grassy course in the heat. That'll help later I think. The awkward bit is that there's a long straight basically on a narrow footpath next to the lake! There's all manner of Mallard ducks sitting either side, with a few foolarsely moving into our path, causing some "frig sakes" from..ahem me.
There's also a gang of scofflaw hoodlums sitting in a massive gang near the lake. A bunch of them think it'll be funny trying to compete with us for a bit. Try not to laugh as they get nowhere near and give up. Bare effort innit fam.
The gang competing for 3rd is 2 Wargrave chaps, one I know will stick close for a fair while, and one I've never seen before, a couple of Maidenhead chaps, one who is breathing like crazy and will definitely drop off. The Handy Cross chap has already dropped, started way too hard.
I obviously know this part very well, so I aim to use that local knowledge. The pace is sensible, doesn't feel too hard, but feels as hard as I want to work tonight. It's all about placing tonight.
Slowly over this part, I can feel it's mainly Ali from Wargrave with me. He pulls up next to me and says hello. I say I'm fine, and genuinely am this time.
There's a little incline, and we can all see this weird hairpin bend coming. I think this is the moment to slightly put a boot in. See what happens.
Turn the hairpin and put a burst in, and it's here I can feel the key move of the race has taken place.3km is up, and the pace is slowish, but it's time to gently pull away.
You see everyone behind when you take the hairpin, but we have a bit of room to get going.
From here, it's along the narrow path by the lake, hoping no one out in the park is doing anything silly. Like last year, when I was leading, you're paying so much attention that some douche doesn't storm into you from nowhere. Whilst trying also not to be the douche
Livesey's a mile clear, Maidy noisy shoes is well clear. I think, get to 4km, knowing I can't hear or feel Ali too close behind and he's not making that up.
Feels pretty comfy still, I've definitely not entered into max capacity tonight, and a long run in to the finish.
They've moved the finish from just in front of the tennis courts, to where the parkrun finishes, so it comes out a bit long at 3.14km. Other courses have been under, this has been over, it's how things roll. Only really matters when a pb is at stake really.
Ben Livesey's wife cheers me in, tells me I have a big lead over 4th, and a 3.20km sees me over the line for 17.49/17.50.
Over the line, quick hands on knees, then stroll out of there. Not as ruined, or wiped out as some of the 5ks done so far.
Therefore, I'll take 3rd as the gain tonight, always a satisfying one when you couldn't have come higher.
Last year was hot, for 17.20 and the win, but they did add a stretch, and it was probably a little hotter than last year, which I had conditioned for with an even sillier hot Gosport a few days before back then!
Therefore, a good workout, not feeling maxed out.
Will do a couple more sessions, Friday and next Tue, and then it's Runnymede Relay on Sat 7th, which I'm down for the 2.75mile leg (hoping they don't ask why as the fastest in the B team I'm not doing the long leg - reason is I don't want to almost pass out this year, especially when it'd only be the difference between maybe 8th and 9th!!
Will work out which 5k is next after that. I probably need to make it a pursuit of a fast time one. Although I do still have a hankering for another trip down to Gosport for what is a faster version of the one I did there recently.
Will see. Either way, enjoyed a little race, and am fairly close to last year's whole year total, and well on way to matching my all time record racing year (24).
So Dean are you going to have a go on it? I think we all ought to then see if anyone gets a decent gain. Be a good survey group
Good racing SG,MH and anyone else I've forgotten -
Belated quick report from Saturday, 800 & 1500 at the SAL. 800 was our match only (this was a double match), so 7 of us in the race, going off in lanes for a change. Clarkey goes off 20 metres ahead, he's a sub 2 man so worries there, settle into 4th. Hit the bell in 62, and not feeling too bad, but it's annoying breezy, seemingly all the way round the track. Manage to hold my place for 2nd B string and come over the line in 2.06.4. Slightly annoying that I wasn't back in the 2.05's again, but it's 12.30 on a warm, breezy Saturday, so not too downhearted.
1500m is both leagues, so we get all our Kent AC mates joining in too and a few non scorers, so there's about 20 of us. Bit of friendly rivalry, I'd like to keep the dark blue hordes behind me if poss! get a bit swamped at the start, but settle in about 5th, our 4.25 odd B string kid goes off well quick, which is a bit of a surprise, but he reigns it in bit. Go through 400 in 65, so not too shabby. It's still a bit congested, but I move up to 2nd to try and get on the inside and we go through 800 in 2.15/2.16. The it gets a bit messy, Sean F from Kent clips me with 500 to go and I nearly go over, but keep it together - we go through the bell in 3.08, which seems really slow..didn't realise the pace had dropped, even with the trip. Anyway hit the front and try and put the hammer down, still got Sean behind me and is running really well, as he's primarily longer distance guy, but is still swift over 3000 & 5000...but 1500? anyway a Cambridge Harrier comes past, but he's in the other match too and I keep Sean off just about for a 4.14.0. Happy to win the race (in our league), times OK too.
IK had a nice SAL day out too with a 2.02, 14.41, 4.13 combo at Watford
Mad idea to run over to Luton with my rucksack on Sunday morning to watch the 5 miler and then watch the England match, but the 13 miles weren't too bad. Next up 1500m tonight at Watford.
You'll be fine Bus - always ran in my shoes 'straight out of the box' never had a problem.
Short report from last night at Watford- overview..'Meh'.
Got there in good time, little less chaotic due to the on line entry, I was in race 10/16, there were three of us with a 4.10 down, all the other were quicker down to 4.03, so I thought that would be perfect..they'd go through 400 in about 64 and I could get on the kerb behind nicely. How wrong I was! The race before went through in 65, so I thought that would be fine.
So - gun goes, I'm on the outside, bit of bunching ..but this is way too slow. I'm in lane 3 going round the outside trying to get it going..go through the bell in 68. shit! still up the front now into first place coming round to 700 and a Soton lad cuts me up a bit to get to first, through 800 in 2.16, so still too slow, but a bit better. Try and keep the hammer down a bit to the bell, reach it in 3.04, so made up a bit of time. Worried about the last lap though, I'm not great at the stop start type races, so this could be good training. A couple come past with 100 to go, finish with 4.12.2.
Bit annoyed with the pace, get told off by the woman timekeeper for swearing - but it's annoying when 'kids' put unrealistic times down. Always been an issue at Watford though, although the missus used to do them and they used to check them apparently.
Yes take your point mate - Suppose I had hoped for 2.14 or so at the bell. Pressure of trying to do a race report before 9am! I doubt you'll have to worry about me in Malaga mate either..i'd concentrate on Fred
Track last night - as much as I'd like to say it was a suffer fest it cooled down quite a bit from when I got to the track at 5.30 until we went off at 6 ish, still pretty breezy with a warm wind. So it was 16 x 400, with 60/65 secs recovery. First one was 71, then they were all 68's apart from one windy 69 rep and then a 63 to finish..IK was set off 5 secs behind me on that last one - so I thought I'd better make an effort to stay ahead..I did by 2 seconds in the end.
Then off to watch the bore fest in the pub.
Two good sessions there men. Birthday tomorrow, so sat here eating chips, using this weekend as a lull before getting a plan/schedule sorted. Probably Great Denham parkrun (Bedford), or a session of shorter stuff, then steady run Sunday.
Look like its a BAL 3000 at the Bedford 'big day' next weekend, so going to taper slightly for it to try and get sub 9 and a bit nearer Mr Atkins this time.
I didn't even see the post and knew who you'd be arguing with Ric.
You two have been sparring for years.
Ric, less scuffling on clubhouse would probably bring it down a bit
Scott, 5.13 isn't bad with so little training, especially as the first half showed what you could comfortably be capable of if you'd remembered how to race
Hot one today (funnily enough!)
Just thought I'd "do at least 10", but knew I had 11 to get to a nice round 60, and in the end 12. Exactly on 1.24.00, so 7.00 on the dot, even though none of the miles themselves were on the dot.
Out lot put a race on today. A shorter, more local version of the Race the Train event in Wales.
Some nice prizes for those who raced from the club, team prize and top 3 for a couple male and female. Got me a little envious, I need to find some low key garb to get back in the prizes. Not an offroad 10k in mid summer mind!! I'm comfy I wasn't there today!
Relay next week, but B team fare, so no chance there, as we'd have been struggling to get near top 3 anyway, but with another changeover, and no doubt more rejigging over the next week, it's one to file in the "fun team day out" mixer. Doing the 2.75mile short leg, rather than the 5.5mile long leg honestly is the difference between solid workout, and risking ruining yourself.