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Impressive. The game after the first half was best forgotten tbh.
Glad I watched at home and only had 2 beers..
Crept that little closer to the big 40 today, so thought i'd dip into the massive stash of annual leave, and have a random day off. As I used to do with a free day, I headed over for my 10miler around Marlow.
Started slightly different place, and I'd obviously managed to miss that they were doing work on one of the big parks, meaning the usual route through was closed, but in effect the same route.
Probably 60% offroad, lots of gates to stop at and open, a few cows to avoid, some decent climbs, and the sapping heat, and surprisingly still came out at 7.02 average.
Comedy rookie mistake of for once running with one of those proper running bottles, that suit your running grip, but managed to put the wrong lid on it (looked the right one in my rush!)
Inevitable happened of a gradual leak, and basically had about 10% of the fluid (empty by mile 4), and then had to hold the empty the whole way round
Something different! Or at least different for a while.
Midday hot sun, and had eaten a flimsy 3 Weetabix hours before. Seemed a decent time to take some water with! I'm sure Ric would approve!
After all, it's not an attempt to ruin ourselves!
The test is always how many drinks of water does it take to need a whizz.
Smashed 3 bottles down immediately, and then a few more later to see the amber magic. Actually being amber was a good sign!
ps nice double!
Sesh tomorrow, and then some BP action Monday all being well.
Who was in for that one?
pps Apologies Pete and @wool (if you're reading), I really can't be mustering the enthusiasm for a MT tough parkrun right now! Need to have a couple more fast course 5k attempts for the summer.
Good run PeteM, sounds like a good series, put on by athletes is always a good sign.
8 x 800 last night, the steady/slow combo again - SAL tomorrow so did 3 sets of steady/fast then 2 steadies to finish. All steadies 2.40, the three fast were 2.24,2.21,2.16. Surprisingly warm last night, warmer in Luton than London I thought for a change.
Oh and happy birthday SG..
Decent session again SG, decent in this weather.
Yes the steady one is the recovery one in these, it's just to mix it up a bit, recoveries all the same, it's the same as doing 8 straight through recoveries wise (saying that we might get less recovery between the steady and fast..) IK did 2.03 for his last fast one!
That shows the slight risk of Strava Bus, when someone doesn't privacy protect their account. Anyone can read it!
I wondered why I got a salty comment off a clubmate for a session once that i'd described as "monstering" some segz. Didn't realise i'd nicked one of his.
Bet that guy is delighted you went and nicked it back, allowing him a mere 2 days, especially as it was his only run one!
Gave today's sesh a quick comparison to the 3 times I did it last year.
Best was 1.53, with a 1.55, and 1.56
Therefore, today's 1.54 in humid conditions is competitive. I think I was smashing these sessions at the time of last year's 1.53 but only had a 17.03 and some 17.20 summer series times to show for it. I also suspect today was slightly tougher conditions, but hard to compare over time.
The summer series races were hard to compare, as in theory the 3 I did both years came out slower this year, but Wycombe was longer this year, and the other 2 I do suspect were again, harder conditions.
The only real stat that matters, is top end last summer 17.03, top end this year so far 16.56, with more cracks to come.
10 min improvement is decent Phil
Awkward course by all accounts. Knew Wool would go despite him being pretty sure he wouldn't!
Decent long runs by a lot of chaps too.
I'm in 5k racing mode, and it's obvs really hot, so had to use some classic "i'll go out for at least 10" sort of mind games. 12 was enough in the end. While a long run is beneficial all year round, if ever there's time you can trim it down a bit it's the above scenario.
Would NOT have fancied racing the Wyc half today. Back in the day I didn't really give a thought to conditions, and often turned out for boiling hot long races. I suppose half is the invincibility of youth, and half is the slight recklessness of youth!
Yes they need to keep these halfs interesting, there needs to be a reason to do them. Good long running and parkrunning folks, with some reps thrown in.
Soi Saturday was SAL in Erith - that awful SE London, North Kent area past Thamesmead. Leisure centre and track was the best bit of it - had a moosey round the town before the 800 - no pubs! incredible. So the 800 was first up, going off the bend was in third after the first 200, the guy in front looked decent, but the young kid in front of me looked like he had gone off too quick. So got past him into 2nd at the bell in 62. Slowly made my way up to the first place guy during the 2nd lap, but couldn't get there, finished just behind him in 2.05.99. Pretty breezy and warm, do happy enough.
1500 was 2 hours later, both matches together, so about 20 of us lining up. Settled in behind the Bexley guy, who had looked decent in the warm up - and that was it really, just me and him. First lap in 67, 800 in 2.15, by that time I had moved past him into the lead. The annoying 300 to the bell wasn't fast enough, passing through in 3.07, managed to stick in a 67 last lap for a 4.14.7. Did a 59 sec first lap in the 4x 400 later, so reasonably happy speed wise. The murdered 4 pints of Moretti in Woolwich with my mate later.
Yesterday was about 10 miles, nice and easy..
Edit - Ric. There's a great track called 'Spitfire' by Public Service Broadcasting - have a listen on youtube..
I do feel that the death knell is starting to be rung for the Wycombe Half. Look at the number of finishers. 2015 was the last year on the old course (and the one that gave SG his big turn at the end) and then subsequent years on the new cross country course. 2007: 8822013: 7432015: 4242016: 3862017: 3772018: 282I can't see who it appeals to. It isn't a fast course so does not attract fast runners (yesterday only 9 were sub-90) and there were not even enough club runners to get team prizes sorted out. It isn't the sort of course that will appeal to the weekend warriors who want to have a social media blast. Last year they did a good thing with great photos by Matt Fowler (professional photographer) for free but this year back to a paid photographer and £9 a piccy. There are way easier ways to get that fix.
Sri Chimnoy is it? Shame it wasn't the last one, could have cheered you on! Although that was England v Tunisia night. I've entered the BMC mile races at Oxford on 28th July, but the standard is set at 4.25, so I'll have to wait and see if they'll let an old duffer join in
800m is a decent warm up in a track day - did a 16.02 5,000m 25 mins after an 800 a couple of years ago, it's a good one to get the system going. Makes you wonder if you should be doing at least 200m strides before races!
every year I think about entering one of those Wycombe races and every year I've forgotten; they come at an odd time of the year really, out of step with lots of the events that I'd see as comparable.
I'm particularly glad I forgot this year. I see that both were given CSS = 6.0 on RB.