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Jools - I hadn’t picked up on the fact you had run a 5M fartlek before last week’s 20M. Big day. And then a 24M and now a speedy 20M. In all seriousness, I think we could be quite close at Shepperdine, which would be brilliant. What did you put as your estimated opening 5M time? Think I put 34 minutes. And good effort by your daughter!
I like how you drive to different runs, SG. Really good to make the most of a wider range of routes. I was sceptical about Ben Parkes videos at first. But he comes across as a genuinely good bloke and I do like the content. Not a regular viewer, but if it flashes up on YouTube whilst I have my lunch at work I will tune in. I note RunThrough are doing a series of race distances at Cheltenham Racecourse in June. Fancy a trip?
Sounds a rapid 5M, SC. Good work!
That is a lot of climbing over that distance, Reg. Let me know if you do Gloucester. Remember Steve Way winning there one year. And then doing a 4M tempo when he got home that afternoon 😆.
Hard luck, Bus. Hope there is progress soon. Time for beers on the turbo again?
Lots of band exercises to strengthen the tub post/med. Absurdly, it has made my legs really quite stiff and fatigued. How was I ever able to squat well over 100kg?!
Easy few days to close last week and open this, with the only exception being a 10M buggy on Monday including some single arm strides.
Longest long run of the (very compressed) campaign this morning. Out just after 5am for 60 minutes easy (about 7:50 pace), joined by a friend for the first 30 minutes, then 4 x 20 mins at MP effort with 10 mins easy.
First two effort were probably around 6:50-55 pace, with the latter two at around 7:05 then 7:15. The final set in particular did include some climbing. Easy sections were about 7:25 pace.
An enjoyable run, and a lot of satisfaction from running that far. Pos-tib fatigued but not hurting. Had a randomly hurting left knee cap after a couple of hours which I thought could result in a long walk home, but seemed to clear off. A good lesson in sticking with it in hard times. 24.3M at 7:26 average. Just noted there was 688ft of ascent, so not flat, I suppose.
So I reckon this puts me in just over 3-hour range. Sub-3 is possible, and I guess a lot will be determined by what degree of freshening up a taper and some magic shoes can give. I had kind of thought that sub-3 would be a given, having run it maybe seven times before. But that certainly won’t be the case. Excited for the challenge, although currently knackered!
Yeah I noticed the font change when writing SGMissed out on this local 5K series which started with a bang yesterday https://8000a96b-a8fc-416c-87eb-da813fc315e2.filesusr.com/ugd/611f08_ee923bd590a744088c6102b6c25f2fe8.pdf