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Nice report SG - Was pretty humid last night, look at the weather now - cooled quite a lot, which is typical, but there you go..still a decent time in the conditions.
I did the canal again this morning, but about 13 x 60 secs this time with 60 secs recovery
Stevie G said:
It feels alright, not any sort of noticable meltdown, but I keep on going, knowing any sort of time to match the last one has long gone.
Decent run there SG, sounds like you are goinh well.
track last night 5x (400,300,200) 200 slow jog between sets and 80 secs between reps to keep them quick. the 400's were all 65/66, 300's 46 and the 200's were all just under 30, which was a nice confidence boost. Theres some footage of us finishing our 200m rep, might stick it on for a laugh if I can later.
Afternoon all. Not posted for a while, as I was at risk of expressing unearned opinions on the world cup.
The usual good racing going on I see. Well done on the trophy winning at Dinton Pete, also bear in mind the protein boost that you will have got from swallowing all the flies that congregate there on a summer evening.
Decent middle distance exploits from Simon there.
Good blast round Battersea SG, you can't be on the money with the times all the time. It is also hard to crank out a quick 5K off a big week. Well done on the fastest relay leg as well.
Dean 'The Retirer' Richardson. Nice!
Simon, Dean, have you had a look at the entry lists for Malaga. I got the shock of my life! Six Kenyans in my 5000! All under 14:30, and two of the bastards under 14 minutes! All told, my 15:25 is the 17th fastest declared time. Might not even get in the A final! And if I do, I could get bloody lapped!
Down in Somerset last week for my hometown race, the Frome Half Marathon. Very hilly course, and as always sweltering hot. Hoped I might be able to win it, but the race has the habit of attracting unexpected speed merchants. Last year it was Andrew Davies just before he ran in the World Championships marathon, and three years ago former National XC champion Frank Tickner showed up, so no chickens can be counted.
Race runs at the same time as a 5K and 10K, so various bods shot off like blue arsed flies, and I am hoping (as it turns out correctly) they are doing the 5K. One of them turns out to be Frank's brother, himself former Southern XC champion, Ben Tickner. When the 5K bends off, me and another bloke seem to be in the lead of both the half marathon and 10K. Stays that way as we approach the point where the 10K splits off. I think back to the announcement at the start that, due to the heat, people are welcome to run a shorter race than the one they entered. It occurs to me that, if I put in a bit of a surge, the other chap might be tempted to just go and win the 10K, since we are in the lead of that as well. I do, and he doesn't take the bait, but it turns out that my surge seems to be a decisive move anyway. Now on my own, out in the country and my gap has widened significantly. Have to keep chucking water all over me, so my vest keeps slapping my back like a drunken uncle.
The hill back into Frome is an absolute killer (they time this and award a 'King of the Mountain'), but once I've got over that I am confident the win is mine. Through the town centre and back uphill the other side weaving through 10K finishers, and across the line to take the win in 1:14:11. Decent time for a hot and hilly race. Except the announcer has missed me, and keeps saying that the half marathon leaders are probably in the town centre. I wave my arms wildly and cry "I'm here!" but to no avail. Anyway, fortunately he's not in charge of prizes.
"Awoken by a swollen testicle".
The heading of the fifth chapter of my autobiography.
Dean, I'd like to think that these Kenyans are talking up their times, but one of them is a former international XC runner and another is a former elite marathoner and brother of the great Catherine Ndereba.
Mind you, just as well I'm not in the M35 1500 or steeplechase, as that features Ezekiel Kemboi, 2 x Olympic Champion, 4 x World Champion, probably the greatest steeplechaser of all time, who only retired from the top level after the world championship final last year.
Hopefully improving by the day Ric.
This time of year, especially this year's "humid the whole time" setting and without any "real" race targets lined up, has to be the hardest to motivate to get out for those long runs for me.
To give a chance for a potential BP 5k tomorrow, I kept the length down this week to a 10miler, to be a mere 52.5mile week.
Body is deciding if it wants to bring on a proper niggle or not, with tight calves, hamstring and a spot on the heel that I can feel, so that and the humidity were tough work.
Spotted some insane work on strava. Our own Matt was one, but even more madcap was an ex Dasher Tom who seems to have done a 25mile run at average of 6.12! Incredible.
I'm probably at Battersea tonight SG, so come along. I won't be running at my best having done a track session Friday and a 15 on Saturday, but a good hearty effort should help towards the 5K training.