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Cal - does your watch do HR range alarms? Could be a way to stay in. Certain range without having to look the whole time. Although agree that running by feel is best.
Like the sound of that session, TR. didn’t know you did anything other than three minute reps 😆. Pleased you are on the up.
Jools and OO, I am undecided what the race this Autumn: possibly a target half, but perhaps Newport now in the mix.
Monday was a nice surprise: went for a few half arsed strides around the football pitches close to home, only to be greeted by a freshly painted grass track. Nice summer addition that I’m sure will see some action soon.
Wednesday night saw the next race in the club road race series: Stroud Beer Race. Stroud AC put on some cracking races and I might target their Autumn half.
This was a hilly road race around Minchinhampton Common. A stunning evening with views all around from this high vantage point. 3 laps for a total of 7.2M and anywhere from 600-800 ft ascent depending on which Strava upload you look at.
Positioned myself near the front, which felt about right, with one very fast looking runner haring off. He had a massive gap very quickly, and ran 37 mins. Impressive really when considering the elevation.
Downhill fast half of the lap before a steep uphill third quarter than a drag back to the start. Then repeat twice more!
Settled in somewhere in the top ten, sharing the work with a chap I swiftly worked out was second in the recent Dymock half. I quite enjoy laps, and the families out supporting obviously got a bit more for their time.
Had to work very hard to hold off the First Lady, eventually finishing seventh (fifth V35 😆) in 45:31 for an average pace of 6:20 or so.
Idyllic pub garden afterwards to share a couple of halves kindly donated by the local brewery sponsoring the event. Lovely evening 😊.
VERY slow buggy recovery running since, with limited sleep seemingly correlating with limited running speed.