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Quality detail on the transport, SG. Love it 😃. And good result!
Great photos from your parkrun, Jools. Brilliant to bro your daughter along.
That’s a fun sound bike series, Reg. impressive k reps as well.
Glos XC champs on Saturday, at Cotswold Farm Park (for the keen Countryfile watchers this is Adam Henson’s farm).
Advertised as 5.7M with various small and large loops around the fire and site. Perfect cross country running really: grassy, muddy, rocky, trails. Ridges, bumpy and a long drag. Had it all.
Slipped on the spikes (£15 Puma) for the first time in two years. They have got smaller or my feet bigger. Started off too hard, trying to keep up with a few peers, and eventually settled into a nice rhythm. Seemed to pick a few off in the second half which was good for confidence, although some I have beaten in the past have progressed during my slight regression.
Pushed hard on 5.4M towards the end of the final big loop, but erroneously! There was another small loop to go, with the course measuring 6.3M for most. A good lesson in pushing from further out - inevitably I did have more in the tank. That is the kind of mental trick that could lead to some breakthroughs.
Finished in no man’s land, but still pushing hard. 44th (about half way through the fields) and 23rd SM. 6:48 average pace on what was obviously a very challenging bit of terrain. Far hilly than GPS will show, with all of the bumps within the field. Proper running!
Warm up and down to round off a 10M afternoon, before a homemade curry and a bottle of Rioja.
11.5 easy buggy miles yesterday afternoon at 8:40 pace, to just cap a 60M week.
A friend has asked if I fancy Manchester Marathon in just under 12 weeks. I dismissed it out of hand at first, but am perhaps coming round to the idea if it can coincide with a family visit to chester.
Stevie G said:
Just the novelty of doing a couple of 18xx parkruns recently, albeit a slightly slippy Wycombe one and an under the weather one the week after. Then realising it was 4 x18xx parkruns in a row over a few years.So just wanted to put something 17xx in asap to re-address that.For this time of year not doing the sharper track stuff a higher 17 will do.Ideally in the summer will get way down the 17s once we're into June/July and doing 5k based work regularly.As runners we often get hung up on certain mileage all round, and would freak at the idea of intentional weeks off. But in the scheme of things they probably do nothing negative and just refresh you. I think Paula Radcliffe had a month off a year?
Stevie G said:
The 28.35 5miler felt the "In the bank" time, this sub 18 was more a "that'll do for now"Will probably get 2 or 3 10ks in, just need to decide if I want to / am ready for a decent HM.
> @Stevie G said: > I think that session with recoveries in between the HM and 10k sections would be a strong workout, let alone continuous!! > > That's a heck of a workout, I would have to go to the track to even dream of it, and I've always thought 6miles HMP is a very tough session, and you're throwing 10k bits in too > > I'd be fairly confident that you have a decent breakthrough imminent I did look at the session and think “no way” so makes me feel a bit better 😆.
Half for me on Sunday - I think I’m just going to go all or nothing with the sub 1:30 pacer…
Stevie G said:
You're right with pacing not normally operating at 80. Wokingham is very odd as they also have a 75 pacer!Pacing Dorney 10k round the lake on one of the customary very windy one direction days must be fun.But I suppose pacers aren't invincible as your 96min 90min showed