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Alehouse, yes, the difficulty of Thursday night is reflected in the runbritain difficulty rating so I feel satisfied with things.
Sad news re Ron Hill, a huge running legend. I recall you saying you'd met him a few times, Alehouse?
Looks reasonable, Muss. At times as you are mara training and if life gets in the way you'll need to prioritise running first. Miles count in marathons more than anything else.
Andrew, fingers crossed the MRI spots something. I find it's better to find something, even if it is bad news, that not find something and be left in no mans land.
Ticked over since the 10k and bouncing a bit between races with Sundays half. Annoyingly it looks set to be a 'glorious' day which isn't what I need, particularly with a 11.30 start.
Good pics, Alehouse and fairplay to Steve Way for doing that.
Muss, personally (unless you are training for a particularly specific hilly race) I've never overly seen the point of hill reps as a bespoke session over a flatter speed session, think I've done it 2-3 times and not in last 5 years. Though, sounds like a good session.
I had a great session yesterday, just what I needed to restore confidence with a half on Sunday. 2m tempo at half effort (5.49 and 5.49), 3 mins easy jog then 5 x 1k off 90s easy jog (3.28, 3.31, 3.26, 3.31 and 3.27) giving me 6.25m in 38.06 and 6.06mm overall, so guess i'd have just crept under 38 at 10k.
I've felt flat in sessions last few weeks and unable to unlock higher efforts but yesterday felt great. After that 10k last week at 5.58mm I felt battered but feel very little today so you can see the added effort the wind caused.
On a plus, it looks pretty still sunday, on a negative with an 11.30 start, it could get warm if it's blue skies.
Hope everyone is well?
Andrew, it's a catch 22 to some extent. As I said previously finding something very specific on an MRI is great in that you have an answer, but bad because there's a problem but at least you get to the thrust of the issue. Hopefully things will keep improving.
I managed runs on Wednesday and Thursday in the lakes on a 6m loop I found, with Thursdays being run at a decent tempo effort. Got back Friday evening then did a 5m run Saturday.
Yesterday was the cotswold hilly 100. Its organised by Stratford AC and is 10 legs of about 10m each but all but leg 1 are horribly hilly, and leg 1's lack of hills is offset by a 7am start (unless you like that time of day!). I was on leg 9 of our men's team (we also had a mixed team). My leg was 9.75m and I felt I could go sub 60. With a 3.50pm Start though it was warm and sunny and the first half is tough with much of the climbing of the leg in first 4m then mile 5 is about 400ft of downhill so almost too aggressively downhill to be useful. Due to the nature of the event this was a complete solitary TT and with the team not in top 3 and no specific personal pb such as a 10m to chase I found it hard to suffer second half. I think I got my pacing wrong and by mile 3 I was blowing and drenched in sweat. I possibly detrimentally affected the last few miles which were gently downhill. Miles were 6.00, 6.12, 7.14, 6.40, 5.26, 6.06, 5.58, 6.15, 6.12 and 6.17, coming in at 60.43 for 6.13mm. I think I was our clubs 2nd fastest on day with our fastest being the flattish leg 1 and I was 2nd or 3rd on my leg looking on strava. Disappointed to not be sub 60, but coming off last weeks half then a holiday and on a warmish, sunny day, I'll take it. That's 3 races in succession so time now to pull that back and get a good block of training in now before my improbable lanzarote holiday end of July. Next up is a 20m race on Bedford Autodrome, though I may well sneak a parkrun between now and then if they get going.
Thanks, Alehouse, it certainly is weird after many years of being solid enough, to find myself one of the 'big guns' at our club. I was cross examined Sunday after the event by various club members who I am connected on strava with but never see as I do my own training, as to what I've changed etc.
Some decent cricket weather this weekend, Andrew, less so for running.
Crikey, that sounds like a nightmare, Muss and hugely unlucky!
I've ticked over this week with mainly just miles and one semi session. I am off out lunchtime for a 14m run as I am out from 1pm tomorrow for the footy and sunday looks much too hot to try and run long and have a hangover.