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You're not a worrier about putting in results on PO10 that aren't flat out efforts are you Jools
Although a 20miler probably isn't one a lot race anyway!
Saturday XC I don't really get to be honest as I've never done it. All divisions lumped in together job? Must be confusing, as if age categories aren't anyway.
You surely don't have a clue what's what unless you have some very keen counter guy at the end ruling people out and recognising who is in what race?
Fair play for that time of run on a Sunday. I'm certainly well in doss mode by the afternoon and Monday morning's run never feels the freshest as it is!
Phil, has anyone ever seen Andy and Pete in the same room?
I like the sound of the special envelope
I remember the really polished team managers at our XC league had these little almost umbrella things setup over their clipboards. Whereas the more casual ones, would have some soggy bit of paper, and end up with indicipherable blobs
Good racing Jools - I know the Gwent league is massive, only the Chiltern League rivals it for runners all at one place at one time. PR would have been a bit down after all that racing Pete. Hope knees feeling better soon Bus and PMJ.
Decent weekend - jogged round the new Dunstable Downs PR Saturday morning- literally in the clouds at 240m ASL, everybody hiding by the side of the visitor center before the start. We had a family run around in 31 mins, dcent 1 lap course, definitely worth a trip in the summer. Then did 16 x 60 secs along a nearby path for a session.
Then off to London early yesterday to Brockwell park in Herne Hill for our 10K race, 150 entrants, so not a bad turn out. Its a 3 and a half lap course, with one quite steep rise of 200m, then another longer drag on each lap, annoyingly into the wind too, so the hills were a real drudge. Was in 4th for most of the way, with doing a session yesterday, didn't feel brilliant, and it was generally 3.30k's - hit halfway in 17.30. Coming down the slope on the last lap I managed to get up to the 3rd guy, but just couldn't hold him in the 400m into the wind at the finish...came in at 35.01 I think, for 4th..annoyingly the guy I was racing was a V40 also. But got a bottle of red for 1st team.
Nice session in the pub after - always important as ever.
Top smash fest Iower. Every chance of getting that sub 3 if you keep it sensible first half. (I say having not run one!)
20 at 7.15 sounds a pretty solid run especially if it's feeling fine! You can definitely find 20secs a mile on that when it matters, and then just a case of holding on a bit further
(probs simplifying every so slightly)
3 1/2 laps for a 10k Simon? Odd one. Sounds along the lines of Battersea Park. That is a 4 lapper, but as per the 5k, potentially 2 different ones?
I fancy some sort of "Threshold/MP" job tomorrow. Will decide exactly what tomorrow, but one of these sort of mixer options, 3x10mins , 3x2miles , 3x1.5miles
Well done at Newport Muddy, sounds a very interesting route, good sessions from Jools and SG. SG - yes Brockwell isn't a massive park, so it's one small lap to start and then the three big ones. Certainly not a PB course.
My session was out on the canal near work for 7.45am to beat the worst of the cycle traffic. Did the 30 x 35 secs version today, with 25 secs recovery...makes it easy to check on the stopwatch. Not an easy session with the amount of barriers on work going on the canal..was better 5 years ago when it was more derelict. Now there's student flats everywhere for all the kids of rich Chinese businessmen. Bit better than a crappy terraced house in Stoke that was my student experience (wouldn't have changed it for the world, obviously..)
Bus - 2 week taper planned with the usual reduce-volume-maintain-some-intensity deal. I think I'm pretty pragmatic in the lead up to big races - not much you can do to get better in that time but lots you can do to get worse!