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Brilliant result StevieWh and you should be delighted with that. Always great to hear about someone rapidly improving, enjoying their running and racing and getting impressive results. I've been lying low for a while trying to get over a lower hamstring/back of knee issue but, given the photo above, better come clean now (and also try to pre-empt SG's epic report ). Been going to physio since injury flared at Dinton 5k about 3 weeks ago and didn't run for about 10 days. Then did a test parkrun in about 20 mins and a proper one at Woodley last week which was 18'45 and thought I was ok again. So onto Battersea last night for my only visit this year...Usual athletic looking field and chaotically fast start but settled in mid division ok and was quite happy up to 2k which was through in about 7'20 relatively relaxed. From there the injury issues just started getting worse again, not like last time, more gradually this time, but increasingly noticeable. One again could keep running at almost the same pace but just more painful as time went on and was grateful for the line coming in 18'31. Still sort of happy I went as that's a reasonable marker for 5k but obviously another injury setback now. 78th so only just over half way in the 189 runner field and only 7th v50 an indication of the standard there. Race was won by our local running celeb Rob Corney of Reading in 15'0x but again I guess he will be disappointed to just miss a sub 15 (though still unbelievably good by mere mortal standards).Good to see SG and his club colleagues and also to meet Joe and his partner Katie. Not sure where to turn next. Guess an admonishment from Ric is coming (and probably merited this time) for "self-flagellation" as he (or someone else!) termed it. However I have done 2 parkruns, a session and numerous ordinary runs in the last 2 weeks without issues, so thought it worth the gamble to go to BP and at least managed to avoid a DNF. My 2 midweek series end on consecutive days next week and I was well placed to win v50 in both, but unlikely to run them now. May try to muddle through the 2nd one where I have a big lead anyway and its only 5k, but that depends on my physio working some magic in the next few days.
Stevie G said:
ps has anyone seen the Barkley marathons doc on netflix?