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Great work Stevie, strong running.
The speed continues OO. Proper rapid.
Glad the leg is better, Lorenzo.
Pretty quiet here. Just 12 miles on the trails on Saturday. Adductor
still sore, so rested yesterday. With the Swim Serpentine 2 mile event
happening in September, I thought I’d best see if I could still swim some distance.
Managed to somehow drag myself out of bed this morning and
started swimming in Guildford lido at 6.45am. Unheard of for me!
Anyway, managed 32 lengths of the 50m pool, so bagged a
mile. Took just over 40 mins and is the furthest I’ve swam for 8 years when I
was swimming for rehab after having my hip reshaped. Felt pretty straight
forward, just kept it slow. With better technique, I should go quicker and
therefore go further easier. Looking at you OO for some tips!
oo- That is some pace.
Nicko, is it the speedway 10k you are running?
Nice going with the 17, Gul. It was grim here all through Monday night and almost all of Tuesday.
Final placing for Sunday was 11th, missing top 10 by 3s. Only 20s separated 7th to 11th so another day I might have finished higher. Recovery 5 Monday and an easy 8 yesterday, somehow finding the only gap in the day it didn't hammer down.
Another easy 5 today and circuits tonight.
Poacher - Thanks for the recommendation, will try and check it out while we are there!OO - That's a fantastic run at Blaydon, absolutely flying! I'm running Leamington AC's club championship 10000m on the track as a guest. Target will be sub 37 and to place as high as I possibly can.DT - Great run in the relay, I might mention it to my club for next year. I know some of them enjoyed the Hilly 100 relay.GDawg - That's a big swim for the first one in years! A lot further then I could manage although my lessons are starting to pay off. Speedy track reps as well.Nicko - Good to see you haven't lost too much speedGul - Excellent miles as usual. I'm going to got soaked in my 8 miler last night and probably my 8m tempo tonight!
Two Castles 10k:
Was looking forward to this race as it happens to be the first race I ever did back in 2011 when I used to run an occasional 10k off football fitness. Fresh off my 5k PB on the track I was feeling fairly confident that I could get a PB. Got dropped off at Warwick castle and jogged out a 1.5m warm up before entering. There was a separate section for Warwickshire Road Race League runners with proper toilets and plenty of space for strides which was a pleasant surprise!
Lined up around 6 rows back from the start as we were walked through an archway to the start line. Plan was to set off at around 6min/miles then see what happened from there. Gun goes off and we set off out of the castle and downhill, have to check the pace slightly when we hit the flat as the watch is saying 5.30s! Quickly settle into a little group with a guy from Solihull and Rachel from our club plus a couple of others. First mile comes up in 5.57 so pretty much bang on where I wanted to be. Didn't notice my watch go off for the 2nd mile but its exactly the same pace and I'm feeling in control. Rachel is tucked in behind me but sounds like she's working really hard, keep thinking sh.e will probably drop off soon.
The hills start in the 3rd mile, this is when I realise I do absolutely zero hill training! Find it tough going but try to make the time back on the short downhills, on the limited flat sections I am still holding 5.55 pace so till quite confident. Come through 5k in 18.50 so a bit down from where I wanted to be but nothing too drastic. The next 2 miles are basically slowly uphill so 6.16 for mile 4 and then 6.06 for mile 5 as it flattens out a bit. Rachel came past me at around 6.5k and opened up a small gap, gave myself a mental kick up the arse to get back alongside her.
Came into Kenilworth and tried to up the pace and kick for home, focused on reeling in runners in front of me. Managed to pick off a few Kenilworth runners which made me keep the effort up to make the move stick. Caught my final runner as we made the last turn into the castle so we were stride for stride at around 800 to go. There was a dead turn which I wasn't expecting so he stole a couple of meters on me, managed to get back alongside him. At the 200m sign I decided to launch my sprint finish to try and finally get past him he was wise to this and also kicked for home! I had opened up a small gap and thought it would be enough but he came back on my shoulder at around 75-100m, had to try and find another gear and just sprint as hard as I could! Never sprinted so hard in my life! He couldn't come with this move so I crossed the line in 37.46, two seconds away from a PB. Garmin had me at a max speed of 3.01/mile at the finish! Rachel came across the line around 20s after and was confirmed as 2nd lady so a good day for the club!
5.54 for the last mile and 5.26 pace for the bits, I hadn't really looked at my watch for the last 2k so I had no idea I was so close to a PB. In hindsight I could have found the 3 seconds if I had known but I am not disappointed. Really happy with how I paced and executed it, plus it was good fun!