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Good effort at the Edinburgh half
from Steve and Joe (and family). Can imagine it being tough going in places with the
Rapid mile, Hamo. Looking forward to seeing what you can do without a mountain
in the middle. Mind you, a 180 turn would be enough to put a massive dent in a
time for me. I’m yet to race a mile and really should find one.
A punchy return to running after
10 days off, NE. Impressive!
Good luck with the SDW100, Millsy. Another who has impressive
range of pace and distance.
Hope you’re back on the mend, HA? Sensible attitude as always.
A cracking week in Corfu for a
friend’s wedding then family holiday. Although there was simply no easy running
on offer – either vertiginously steep roads (the cyclists/triathletes will know
in the Alps when the 30%+ hairpin sections are rutted concrete rather than
tarmac… almost the entire 1M road leading up from the hotel was this) or heavy
sand. Beautiful though, so definitely not complaining. Did manage to fit in a
couple of faster treadmill sessions, although excessive sweating broke at least
one of them.
Feeling pretty bloated and
rubbish after too much buffet and a stressful return journey, but did manage a
first 20M since London on Sunday morning. Had two days of recovery after this
as felt a bit under the weather, before an enjoyable return to the grass track
this morning with a colleague and spoons.
11.5M miles in total, including 2 x (1200, 1000, 800) with 400 recoveries. Not quite
hitting the times of before half term but all sub 6m/m. The grass track can be
pretty quick, but it certainly feels harder when the grass is a tiny bit longer
and, like this morning, wet. Excuse central!
I have the Market Harborough half
this Saturday. Persuaded to enter by a friend who has subsequently had to
withdraw, but it looks a fun event. It finishes at the annual carnival where,
allegedly, 5000 spectators will be roaring me to the finish. We’ll see about
that. It looks flat/gently downhill for 10M before a punchy last three miles up
hill. Looking forward to a no pressure hit out.
It's funny there's been more football talk here over the last few weeks than I think there has ever been about elite running! Not knocking it, just an interesting observation, and perhaps a worrying sign of the state of pro running when even a group of pretty dedicated runners don't show much interest in it...
Good luck for Market Harborough SQ, SDW AWC, Millsy and Macca, and TR for Yeovil!
You can’t be at 100% all the time HPR, something I have to regularly remind myself. I think it’s good to have some points in the year when you’re not a slave to the plan. It’s important to recharge mentally as well as physically.
Enjoyable track session with SQ yesterday, although definitely felt hard with the breezier conditions and the softer, damp track. Average pace was only 2s/mi slower than last week though, and I had considerably more mileage in the legs, so not too bad I guess. 6k of hard work regardless, and that’s the main thing. Weirdly, despite the extra mileage my legs feel much fresher than after last weeks session.
I definitely seem to have made a bit of progress with the heart rate this week, all my recovery runs have been down where they used to be, as well as a little quicker. As usual it seems I need to get up to the 80ish miles per week range before my body wakes up and remembers how to work properly
Jools: your legs and rest of body are supposed to feel shit after a running break. Better to ease back in with a few gentle runs rather than a 10k (they're so bloody painful)