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Sounds nasty, Kevin. Hope you all get well soon.
O think parkrun returning will be the spark a lot of people need to get their mojo back, Mr V. I'll give it a few weeks to settle down then get along to one for a sub 18 crack.
About the same here, Muddy, 38m for the week.
Sounds like a speedy session, Tommy.
Building my long run back up so 12.5m on Sunday. Didn't get out until midday and the sun came out last few miles. Even though it wasn't hot by any means, it certainly takes that bit more out of you.
Decent session lunchtime of 8 x 1k of 90s slow jog. Reps came in 3.33, 3.33, 3.29, 3.28, 3.32, 3.28, 3.26 and 3.36 giving me bang on 10k in 38.48. I was a bit annoyed by the last rep however I was leaving my loop and it was entirely directly into the wind whereas the others had enjoyed a bit of everything. Decent sharpener for my 10k in 16d days though.
Few easy days now before a return of Friday tempo runs.
Mr V, Yes I certainly feel ready to get going again. 10k race is a week Thursday and half mara is 30th May, albeit the one I entered at Chepstow race course cancelled last week due to on-going restrictions in Wales. After a short panic I found one on the same day at Kempston race course. Slightly further drive but later start at 11.30.
40M is a decent volume for non mara training. It'll just all click into place out of the blue. That's the oddest thing about all this, nothing for a while, then suddenly you wake up one day and something has happened.
Tommy, 6.21mm was pretty much the pace I ran the last 10k in Dorney so I felt for a standalone 10k training run it wasn't an outlandish pace and HR was below the 160 line.
Yes, I fancy a decent crack at what will probably be the only ever October VMLM. I'll do Berlin next year then have deferred my NY spot hopefully to 2023. I don't really want all the will it won't it nonsense that a foreign event comes with right now. I'd rather things settle and when I do get there have a near normal Berlin/NY experience.
Yes, 2 speed sessions off 25m is a lot if by speed you mean 1k reps or below. If you mean quality sessions and one is say a mp run then not too bad given half the people I know still seem to run everything at around that effort anyway.
Mr V, yes looking forward to improving some other times and also hopefully getting some 'threshold times' such as sub 80 half.
My loose plan was to run all the majors by the time I am 50, however that was on the basis that I was doing NY and Berlin in 2020. I've effectively lost 2-3 years off an already tight schedule.
Incidentally, it seems very unlikely that parkrun will recommence as planned. Apparently, despite parkruns slightly strong arm approach to event hosts, only 20% of parkruns have received permission to go again from 05th June. Based on parkruns own argument to landowners as to why they should give permission (being that it is essential that all parkruns start at the same time to ensure that individual events aren't overwhelmed with participants) then on those number they cannot really sanction a return.
First poor session today in some time. No idea what was wrong, just didn't have a top gear, which is reflected in fact my HR topped out at high end tempo hr, however effort felt much more.
Was 6 x 1m of 1 min walk, aiming for HMP moving towards 10kp. After rep 2 I was struggling and ready to pack it in and by reps 5 and 6 I had to double the recovery time which helped, but didn't improve my enjoyment.
Reps came out 5.56, 5.49, 5.53, 5.53, 5.52 and 5.50, which doesn't look all that bad, it was just more how hammered I felt, proper hands to knees stuff after rep 2 onwards.
Tommy, yes they announced that quite a while, or at least the business that's based on the land did. They cited reasons along the lines of that coming out of the pandemic, outdoor events etc that they had developed to keep things going, such as fairy trail etc were going to remain and as such it was their intention to concentrate on their core business area.
So equally I can see other host venues who have perhaps adapted their land use over the last 15 months may also take the same view.
Decent session there, Mr V.
Recovery run yesterday then 7m easy today. Standard Friday tempo tomorrow.
Good session there, Tommy. That event looks 'fun', how did it go?
You can't ask for fairer than that from them really. Hopefully it'll be a decent course.
Tempo Friday went well. Usual execution is to be trying to work at 160 bpm. Felt sluggish at first and like a bit too much effort but settled in after a few miles and gradually progressed it with splits of 6.18, 6.22, 6.23, 6.20, 6.18, 6.15 and 6.13 for 6.18 average and 158 bpm. Possibly the slight upgrade in pace of mile 1 was the issue as the first mile normally comes in around 6.30. I suspect had it been a peak level 10m tempo it would have come out around 6.15 and just over 160bpm, which looking back isn't out of line with what I was doing in March so still in good shape.
I was out all day Saturday with a few friends, starting off with a lengthy game of footgolf, followed by an afternoon/evening of beers with the footy. So Saturday I Just did my s and c work first thing. Luckily as I am racing Thursday, yesterdays run was just an easy 8m.
A few easy days this week now then 10k Thursday evening.
Where's Skinny gone? Hope it's being busy not being injured.
Tommy, yes Saturday was not a day for being out running for many many hours! 80m is a big investment to cut your losses from, but then 30m remaining is also still a long way.
I think it's OK to slightly overcook the last two reps, particularly when wind assisted. It's the first two reps that ned to have a lid kept on.
Could be that, or just accumulated fatigue from getting back to decent sessions and not quite having recaptured my rhythm. Easy 4m today and spin later.
Ticked over and kept it light this week. 4.5m yesterday with 4 x 1m at effort off 1 min. Rest day today ready for tomorrow night.
Sadly the weather seems to be over involved with 19mph winds forecast in the area, so throw in running around an airfield and i'm left with probably not being able to seriously challenge those just ahead of me on the TTT.
Good to see you are getting back out there, Kevin.
How's the post-vaccine situation, Tommy?
Well the forecast has now worsened for tonight a little further. Nothing I can do to change and I've got nothing to lose in going hard. I've a half mara in 10 days so at least this'll serve as a decent training effect for that.
To counter the wind, I weighed this morning and i'm 11lb lighter than my last 10k, which was my pb run. I am setting my expectations, in view of the weather, on my pb time as opposed that time trial I knocked out at end of February as that came with perfect conditions.
No real glory to report sadly. 10 mins before the Start, whilst vested and standing around, the heavens opened and the wind picked up.
I had kind of talked myself out of a big effort due to weather and prospect of getting anything out of itWe started slightly uphill but also directly into an obscene headwind. At 400m I wanted to go home and felt I'd capitulate and do well to run sub 39. I persevered however with splits of 5.53, 6.01, 5.47, 6.06, 6.02, 5.54 and 6.19 for the last 400m (uphill and straight in the driving wind and rain!) and hung on tightly to a 37.22 (5.58mm) so a nominal 12s pb. Not what I was after but the weather was atrocious. I really did feel like I was hanging on by the skin of my teeth the whole time however.Finished 10th and 2nd in age. Some basic po10 stalking and it appears I faired relatively better than my fellow runners. I think I'm one of 2 pbs in the top 15 with most 60-90s off theirs. So hopefully I'm not as far off a strong 36, pushing sub 36 as that time might suggest. What was interesting was that my average hr was 168, 5 less than my Feb tt. I've noticed this in spin and running sessions in last 2 weeks, as per my recent poor session, I can't seem to work hard enough to take my HR into that top end zone.
There was a guy in 4th in a HP vest who finished in 35.xx, Tommy.