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Mini race report from Saturday:
Really wanted to try out racing on the track this summer so had a look to see what 5/10k races were available. Struggled to find ones that fitted in so ended up entering the Midlands Track Championships. The week before the race I saw the entry list and realised I was massively out of my depth! The next slowest PB was 16.34, considered sacking it off for a while before I came back to my senses.
Got to Nuneaton with plenty of time so registered and then watched some of the 800 races and the long jumpers. Set out for my warm up around 50 mins before the start time. Was trying to drink plenty of water as it was around 22 degrees, luckily with some cloud cover! Finished the warm up and then put my vest and race shoes on and did my final couple of strides before I went over to the start line. Also took my watch off as I had decided to race without it. Got allocated lane 8 on the front start line and given my hip number to attach, felt like a professional! We were given our final instructions and then we lined up.
Gun went and we were off! Plan was to try and stick on the back of the pack for as long as I could unless it went off too quickly. First 400 came up in 1.15 then 800 in 2.30, I knew from here that I wasn't going to be staying with them for long! The 1600 split came in at 5.21, my previous fastest ever mile was 5.42! I had let everyone else go from this point and was running on my own. Hit the 3k split in 10.30, I was breathing hard but my legs felt alright and I didn't think I was slowing down too much. I think it was in the next couple of laps where I got lapped by the leaders and the following group. Was still feeling ok, but the headwind down the back straight was getting tough!
After I'd been lapped I had my own personal official telling me how many laps I had left which was good! Had a smile with him every lap as I informed him that I was also counting. The clock stopped when the winner crossed the line so I'm not sure what my last lap split was. Tried to push as hard as I could from the bell then kicked for home at about 150m! Took me a good 5-10mins to get my breath back! Treated myself to a burger whilst waiting for the results, was absolutely chuffed to see 17.43 and my first sub 18! Really enjoyed the track racing experience and looking forward to my 10000m in a couple of weeks. Standard is lower there so I will get a race!
SG - I reckon maybe 15-20 seconds although I don't race many 5ks so difficult to tell! Stratford parkrun is pan flat but very busy on the final lap so you definitely lose a few seconds there. I think its standard for the clock to stop when the winner crosses the line, well it certainly seemed to happen for every race!
Going to enter the sub 17.30 race at the 5000m track challenge in Notts on July 27th I think. Anyone else doing it?
MH - LOL...SW - Yes the clock usually stops when the first placer goes over - bit annoying really.
Nothing much today as I'm going all over to Cambridge for an 800m tomorrow in the Eastern Vets - shame as the guy who would likely pip me, Chris W from FVS has a stress fracture and not running, so likely to be a time trial, unless a fast V35 from MK does it.
My mate is running at the Orion Harriers 'Fast Friday' at Walthamstow track Friday night - 10 & 5,000m races - looks good with street food and beer max £2.50 a pint. Weather looks shite - but I'd enjoy that.
SG, great report and a solid run. Hotties? SW London mate - goes with the territory. Serpies have always been known as a bit of a 'Meat-market' club. Couldn't possibly comment about HHH and the ladies side over the last 20 years - but, yes
Great report as usual SG and a17.23 is a great platform to be building from. I'd have to agree with Reg though with only racing when you feel ready. I really enjoy the feeling of being on the start line knowing you are completely prepared (well as best as you can be)
Ran 16m on Monday then just a 4m recovery last night. Trying to decide what to do in July. I've got a 10k pencilled in for the 14th and I want to go and do the Notts 5000m on the 24th. Conscious that Berlin is starting to loom up I'm thinking of sacking the 10k off so I can get a decent 4 week block in after the track 10000 on 20th June. Thoughts?
All easy for the rest of the week now before Two Castles 10k on Sunday
You know what I'd say - 24th July is two months before Berlin Chill - I'd say get the block in after the 5 and 10,000's - from say 24th July to the mid/end of August, then that's still 5 weeks or so before the marathon.
I suppose I've always said this about the marathon- just don't build it up too big, otherwise it will consume you. Seen so many times people worrying about schedules, not doing other races, being 'too fit to race' (yes- your guess is as good as mine!) and not going well.
I carried on as normal, apart from the 6 runs totalling 110 miles in total - I think. Although I perhaps would have done a few more tempo runs if I was going to do another one. Treated the race as another Long Sunday run as much as poss!
Saying that, I've only done two marathons
I have wondered about what makes Maidenhead quick before to be honest - clearly - taking it as face value as a full distance of course - and some years it certainly hasn't been.
As there is a lot of grass, with a couple of ups and dips, and then a very tight turn into the gravelly surface - plus a slight rise out of that section the other end.
But it must be the start on the track that gets you going, off to a good momentum, and due to that you can find a bit on the middle part. And the road last section is quick, plys you can generally find extra late doors in a 5k.
But compare it to the Maidenhead parkrun, and you lose the first and last bits, have 2 laps of the middle section without having stampeded the momentum, and have two rubbish little climbs offroad in there too.
At least they changed the Wycombe 5k. That 1km little loop means you're not doing the soul destroying 2 whole laps of the field, with everyone in sight behind and back and then another seemingly massive loop round the back.
I think with Wargrave and Burnham you at least don't see too much of where you're going at a time, so it feels easier on the mind.
Also you don't have someone afterwards telling you how they "had you in sight" the whole way. Yes, you would do, you can see half a mile ahead
Nice one Bus - more excellent retching too...makes me think I'm not trying hard enough.
PMJ - Good work, sounds like an interesting race, nothing better than an evening 5K race. Poole Runners used to do a great winter series race on Friday night along Boscombe prom - but the downside of Parkrun is that it tends to kill a lot of 5K'S off.
SW - I'm sure your coach knows what's best, just take the bit about not making it bigger than it is
So 800m last night at Cambridge. Short report as there was only really my mate Jez from MK for any completion. Conditions were good, set off on the curve and managed to get past the usual fast starter (who ended up doing about 2.35), felt ok and was timed at 64 at the bell. Tried to put it in a bit 2nd lap - you never know if it's actually faster or you are trying to keep the same speed up.
Ended up with 2.07.7 - which I and it drags me up to 6th on the V45 ladder -only 5 seconds shy of Mr D Richardson...a gap that will definitely not be bridged! Decent nights work and shows the speed is improving slowly at least.
too many mentions that it'd be rude not at least to say hello. SG was right of course, I entered the full Yateley series ages ago as a bit of a target for the summer, something to try and improve on over the 3. I really don't like the course - the undulations but also the fact that it always comes out on the longer side of 10k if you know what I mean. So, never looking for a PB but just some solid improvement. Hoping that I can improve on last night, for sure!
Pete ran really well though, by 2k you were nearly out of sight and I'd given up any hope of catching you later even if the legs improved across the race. On that long straight bit you gave me a bit of hope though and I'll admit when I finally joined you at 9k the fun went out of it a bit for me. My goal was met and it felt a bit cruel to come past, sorry! Having Ian Gosling dive out of the bushes soon after kept me entertained though, seems like he needed a dump so bad he SG'd in to the bushes at 9k of a 10k race, blimey! How can I put it nicely? He was then very 'competitive' in our race to the line. He is a lot bigger than me and used that to his advantage.....
I'll never have the guts to get out of the gate as fast as the faster starters. SG beat me by 20-odd seconds the other night and prob was that far ahead of me at 1k!
Battersea was brilliant. Bizarre to still be running PBs this deep in to the running career. I defo left my legs and mojo there though. I mean, a 6:14 opening mile in a 10k is slow even for this slow starter!
Ranelagh Richmond 10k next up for me on the 16th June. Hope to get back in the 36s there. Anyone?