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Tommy, it struck me whilst out running that 26th May is the Worcester Pitchcroft 10k. That's as flat as can be but is a 3 x 2 mile course so I suspect there may be some traffic to encounter on the final lap. I recall Lou doing it a couple of years ago so he might be able to comment.
Also 23rd June is the Wythall 10k, which is 5 minutes off j3 of m42. This is a two lap course. There is a climb at 2k for the whole k and again at 6k. However immediately off the climb is a long straight 2k section that is fully downhill. The rest of the course is flat. It attracts a decent standard as they have some decent prize money and there is also a 5k going on at the same time. i'm hoping to run this if things work out.
I am looking at Peterborough. I did it in 2016 I think and it was flat/downhill. It is a 10.30 start as well which helps.
I am acutely aware that I am currently training far better than I race so I am hoping for some kind of breakthrough shortly. I am trying to avoid stressing about the forecast just yet, save for my observation above that Easter may have saved the day. Control the controllables!
8 easy over lunchtime. Sports massage tonight.
Thanks both. Will take a look at those at those suggestions and see what works well. Muddy - my mate reckons that Isle of Axholme isn't as flat as they claim?
It's a bit of a balancing act between wanting to have a crack at my road PB's for the shorter distances versus my desire to run off-road / on the fells over the summer.
Tommy, it is also the Birmingham 10k last weekend in May if you fancy a very big event.
I quite enjoyed my lunchtime trot yesterday.
I have an actual complete rest day today. 14 tomorrow morning, think i'll try and get out for 9am to avoid the warmer temps forecast.
Skinny Fetish Fan said:
I ran 5.4 miles yesterday in the sun in 40 minutes although I missed a run midweek so that was only my third run. Quite exciting!
That was Saturday - yesterday was another beautiful day and I felt okay so I ran same route again in 39:20 or 7:17m/m.
So now I've done near back to back runs over 5 miles I need to stop messing about with the 'going faster and faster training' which makes me feel like I'm back at page 1 of the thread!
Yes, time to get back to 8mm pace, Skinny. All sounds positive.
Taper is passing by relatively comfortably for once. 6 x 2 mins yesterday at hmp to just stretch the legs out and an easy 5 today.
Mace, will you be running??
Sounds very positive, Skinny. Now to listen to your own advice!
Excellent parkrunning, Muddy. Looking good for London!
Seems like it's all coming together for you, DT. Weather is looking quite favourable too.
First race in the Notts AAA Summer League series tonight - will give it a decent go but not flat out racing.
Good stuff Tommy, always more fun overtaking than being overtaken.
Closest I got to a sub 30 5 mile race was 30:14 in 2014 - must have had one in my legs when I did Abbey Dash in 37:37 but it's not a regularly raced distance.
Carb load is in action now, aiming for 500-600g. Discovered via an article that percy pigs are very carb dense so ive 2 bags of those to get through.
That sounds like an arse explosion just waiting to happen! Good luck.
Is there not a list of slightly more sensible carbs you can pick from?
Most of the summer league races are odd distances with the exception of our 'home' race which is a very flat (but usually wind blasted) accurately measured 5 miler around the rowing lake.
We used to have a few fast flat 5 milers local to Nottingham until the demise of the Notts 5 and the Long Eaton 5.
There is the Trent 5 hosted by lit's former club which Muddy has done before which may be of interest to Muddy/DT (or any other localish person).
I am trying to carb load but I haven't even finished my lunch yet