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Binned off the idea of Marlow fairly late on to instead do not too dissimilar to Wednesday's effort, but having driven to park up a bit closer this time - to save the death march home after!
Similar sort of steady hills, and a few flat burns.
Had a look to see what we're dealing with on the Great Cockshoot (?) Woods climb, and the answer is a bloody steep hill through a rutted field. 170feet or so over 0.4miles.Went steady up there, knowing it wouldn't beat the Dominator's sharp low 7 pace. Even at what felt like a right traipse I see it recorded 2nd in the table!
Couple of bits and pieces, including the slow seg through 2 gates.
Was going to test the 200-250metre climb to the Mausoleum, but in truth, that hot, that steep, and with a family on the trail in front, I just sacked that right off as a mug's game.
Had an enjoyable burn from the main road up the same finish part. Just in case that was a hidden seg!
Did a bit of exploring after that, and found a whole wealth of hills and woods behind the main road, but then back to the main business.
Taking those 2 quarter mile reps I'd bodged Wednesday.
5.30 one way, 5.50 the other. In my locker for sure - but plenty of people to avoid.
Had to move a couple of clearly drug smoking teens on. After a ridiculous 1min of us both eyeballing each other
Eventually jogged on over, explained how my name's SG, and there's a thread wanting to hear about these fairly high profile segments.
They understood, applauded such a nobel mission, and wished me well.
Stormed it off, on track, and remembered this time, you have to go a few yards OVER the little bridge.
Clocked a whole bunch of people hitting the (narrow) bridge just as I was roaring in....and luckily they went single file, as the slightly ridiculous sight of some shirtless weasly bloke sprinting past them, then stopping a couple of metres ahead
Same back the other way - job done.
Couple of goes again each way to make sure.
Times wise - secured. But currently only 2nd in one, as some genius in 2016 seems to have cycled a certain route quite often, meaning he takes a LOT of flagging out
But 8miles, 50 for the week, that'll do for a bit.
On a less wordy note - regulations now will see you able to mix in groups of 6 - and on the EA site that counts for runners as well, from June 1st.
Wonder how soon 6 will extend to "club sessions"
And then how soon club sessions will move to club events - as we had one planned late August. Along the lines of Endure 24, but a lap per hour - just club only.
Nice stuff TR - Foot sounds more promising Bus. SG - I want the weather to break, just to stop the stupid wankers going to the beach when they should be home in the garden or the local park. Personally I have to work all day and can run in the rain, so I don't care. Stories from my brother in Poole sound ridiculous regarding litter on the beach etc. Beyond caring now.
So - the 5m TT was a bit of a disaster on Friday. It was a bit warm, but after a 5.30 first mile, it all went south. Expecting a lot more 'snap' out of the Carbon rockets, all I got was 'meh' and the rest of it was a struggle. The shoes felt squishy and clumpy - and actually a bit heavy. Then after 3 miles the soles of my feet felt really hot and by the time I'd finished in an awful 29.3, I was on the verge of blisters. So sadly I think the Carbon Rocket gamble has failed - I'll just have to get some Adios in a couple of months. I just think I prefer to 'feel the ground' more when I'm running. Good job I'm not spending any money and London Northwestern have refunded £2,600 on my season ticket! Hey ho.
Nice enjoyable 28.50 round the Rushmere parkrun course with the kid and missus yesterday and run back. LSR today was same 14.5m course as last week, 7.01mm this week, tough ish into the wind and no shade for the last 5m - reasonably happy with that.
Jools, well done on the toplessness. 7.45 with that elevation factored in, I reckon makes that around 1min slower than your HMP. That's my top end too
7.13 job today, which is fine, couple of miles offroad, hot etc.
Segs on long runs is a dangerous game - whole point is to keep it consistent and the right effort - unless it's a specific long run sesh.
Last week was probably a one off exception, having spotted a really slow one I could take with a minor up in effort on a 200m downhill
Bus - a real annoying one all in for you. Am sure you wouldn't swap for that hospital rigmarole though!
TR - that's a bumper one yesterday - presume those 20min efforts are marathon pace jobs, well, marathon effort I should say?