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Where have you booked, HA? I have a place in the Bourton 10k to get rid of that Sunday. Sell out race, super fast course and a beautiful village. Sure the other half would love to watch you run! Well done on the long run, hill double. On the up.
Well done on the MP run, TR. You really are ticking all the boxes. Recover well from that.
Equal PB is a great result, Cal! Really well done. Do you think the parkrun takes it out of you for racing the next day? Enjoyable either way.
That is a very tasty MP run, hamo, in amongst a monster week. Cheeky 12 mile day to start a cut back week!
Well done on the XC, Joe. Love how it is longer than 10k. I’m definitely going to give it a crack one year. Looked a great club atmosphere on your photos.
On Saturday I had a busy day and was feeling fairly tired, so decided not to run. Pretty rare, but seemed a sensible decision.
Sunday saw the Staverton 10M. It is another local race in Cheltenham, put on by a fellow running club. It loops twice round the exterior of the airport (what, you haven’t flown into the mighty Gloucestershire Airport recently?!), through some housing and a farm track at the end. It is occasionally lumpy, muddy for 400m or so in the farm and certainly windy yesterday. My glute/back felt rubbish in the warm up - not a great start. But then fine during the race (faster running again, I guess). Very stiff later in the day. I managed to work in a group for a short while, but was unlucky to be solo for most of it. I think I need to work on this for local races - picking a runner of similar ability and man marking them for a mile or two, rather than just running on feel.
10M is probably my softest PB (61:39) so I thought I’d target that - I thought if I could average inside 6:10 per mile I would be on. So I was a little surprised that the first mile came out as slower than this. Some tough solo work into the wind on the first lap was tiring, but I was just inside target pace and starting to enjoy myself. I managed to catch a few on the second lap and felt really strong. Unfortunately, any speed was relative to those around me - I was actually slightly slipping behind PB pace. Pushed hard to run a sub 6 minute final mile, to finish in 62:06. Good enough for 20/250, but not quite bagging the PB.
So, a good hit out and a honest reflection of current fitness. Ticked off another 50M week. Will decide nearer to Wokingham what pace to go out at. 6:12 average pace yesterday - whereas 80 minutes is 6:06. If there is a pacer again, I might be tempted to give it a crack.
90 minutes easy this morning - this week’s ‘long’ run in the scheduled recovery week. Legs ok, but generally tired towards the end. Average 7:40 pace.