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I don't think Wokingham has been as hot a sign up ticket since the early days of this thread to be honest Bus.
I have been monitoring it, and there were only about 1,300 places out of 3,000 taken when I last checked
Only 1,724 now. (This is me crudely using "select all" on their list and pasting into excel...I will literally do now though!
Pete, if a guy racing quicker than me is only going sub 19, I certainly don't want to be trying it
I'm still trying to reassure myself about the 17.59 and 17.47/18.27 double
No day off. That's a good adder onner.
Looks oh so easy on paper like that if you look quickly doesn't it
Surprised you're not tempted to put in a midweek "Medium long" of say 14-15
Long trip Matt! Hope you see off the problemos, and have a cracking start, that improves as the year goes on!
But welcome to my fb, I will try not to obliterate your newsfeed with too much overkeen running posting...
Already tend to do a 10miler midweek in a usual week, so may just start work an hour later, switch to a 10-6 and stack the run up a bit.
In the 6 weeks pre-half i'd ideally want to do 2-3 tempos, and at least 3-4 long runs of around 15, possibly one ending at MP/HMP paces.
But with 3 races, and wanting to "Keep in" with the club at some of their sessions, it may be an ask.
Tomorrow is day 17, and last day off work (I am counting week days or that'd be one insane length holiday), so the plan is a lovely sleep in, 4miles at lunch, then over to the track to do 12x400m with the club.
It's an easier version that what i'd do, as they split it with 4mins midway, but I dare say that, and doing it amongst people should bring some furious reps out.
At least on reps 1, 7 and 12
£4.80, which is pricey,when I have my year membership to the local track for £80, but the camaraderie is worth it. I'll have plenty of track sessions on my own this year!
i'm trying just to think XC and Wokingham for now, but in a perfect setting, i'd like to cover off this lot to the end of summer
And somehow have a nice period of just specific 5k training in!
This could be a tough year to fit stuff in!
Impressive mileage still ML - I wouldn't be able to do it without the chance to do these 14 mile commuting runs.
Can't go back over the40 notifications, obviously good mile run SG and Dachs - that's awful news about the runner passing away like that - especially on the track too where everyone could see it, must have shaken everyone up. eminds me of the Stevenage road relays a few years ago when the Bedford Harrier was basically 'dead' for 8 mins, but they managed to get his heart going again.
So it was the Beds/Bucks champs at Shuttleworth nr Bedford on Saturday. The course was advertised as 11k, but I did think it strange that it was 4 big laps, rather than 3 and a half. Its a flat field to start with, then long drag up the side of a hill, across the other side, around the back/ up and over another moderate hillock (Roman fort like!) and then meanders back to the start. So started off conservatively as usual in about 15th and basically made my way to 10th, where I was going to stay pretty much all the way through the race. No dramas really, felt pretty good most of the way round, although after the first field on the last lap I had a sneaky peek behind and saw a MK vest quite near. So I tried to push on a bit in that last lap style (more effort, about the same speed), but he got me by the final hillock. County pride gone as that meant 6 Bucks and only 4 Beds in the top 10. Hey ho!
So the distance was 8.5 miles/13k in the end - so decent warm up for Brighton I suppose, covered it in 49.48 for 11th overall, 5th Beds and automatic Intercounties place. Darren Deed won it by about 4 mins from 2nd place, he's 40 next year - will surely win the Home Countries if he enters it, that was world class masters xc running.
Dachs - nightmare situation at your track. difficult to comprehend
Matt84 - nice pick up 2nd half on your parkrun
Simon - good work at the counties and selection.
Like simon it was our counties xc champs too but also the rearranged telford 10k from December on the sunday. This 10k is definitely not a local type race, so no good for SG but a 32 gets about 80th normally. My son ran the counties and a quick look around the course made my mind up that I would run the 10k at telford. Too muddy for me! prefer a faster effort on the road. thankfully the team still took county gold.
I knew I wasn't in 10k shape but it would help with a temp check on where I am as I work towards the indoors champs. I haven't run a session quicker than 6.30 ave pace for months unless the rep length was 400m or less. So defn didn't have my long legs on. unusually for me some traffic/parking excitement. about a third of the way to telford I realised I had forgotten my number and chip. So I went back for it rather than try to wangle another at the HQ, just in case they refused. this put me late-ish but still enough time for a warm up. as I got closer to the car park my sat nav wouldn't find where I normally park. 20 mins later I realize the car park they used last time I drove here is now a housing estate! a stop and google to find another postcode and im heading into the correct car park...the delay is all my fault as I realise the correct postcode to use is on the info they sent...I just used the wrong one! I arrive 17 mins before the gun. my number isn't on my vest, I need to swap to racers and remove many layers. it left a "warm up" of about 0.7mile. in a crowd. not ideal. anyway nothing I could do to change it. The start is busy at the front end so you don't want to leave it too late to get in the pen. I take a spot and see a mate and get ready for the gun. its bloody freezing!
My watch is taking all sorts of odd readings as its a tree lined course but first mile was 4.57, im going to be made to pay for that later! I feel ok and spot a group who I know will run mid to late 31s so I tuck in. next mile is 5.07. I still feel ok and my plan was to get to 5k in sub 16 and im on for that. I go through 5k in 15.57. mile 4 has the undulation in it. Matt would scoff at these rises but for me its an undulation and it breaks my stride. 5.30 mile. that too fast 1st mile and no warm up is hurting now , my calfs are rock solid and hurting from the 2 track sessions this week. im getting good support from the crowd so keep going but can tell im running against the tide. the group have drifted away and im in no mans land. mile 5 was hard, prob around 5.20 but couldnt get feeling into my legs. I notice im slipping a bit on the road due to ice/frost but its not too bad. I know a PB isn't on anymore (probably never was to be honest!) so just to try to bring it home as best as I can. I can hear footsteps behind, im determined no one gets to pass me.
I rally slightly and lift the pace, crossing the line in 32.36. 2nd v40 and about 45th overall (I guess the numbers were reduced as some did the counties the day before) first time I think I haven't PB'd at a 10k. happy enough though as I knew I hadn't done any training suitable for a faster 10k time...so I will take it and start indoors.
SG - Race the Train is a brilliant but tough race - thoroughly recommend it!
Dean - second V40 behind Ali Watson is some going, particularly off no specific 10k training and no warm up!
Cheers Tommy - Ali W is a monster over 10k. was it low 30's?
Sg- I know people who have also "raced the train" and they have enjoyed it. I was going to do it one yr and have my kids on the train. but it is in the summer when my mind is on the short stuff.
regards warm ups I have raced well in the past off limited warm up but I think it was in spite of it rather than because of it. the 200 and 300m sessions I did on the track last week was still in my calfs and a long ish drive meant everything was tight and it meant I wasn't quite at it. im sure a proper warm up would have had a better result although im sure I wouldn't have PB'd either way.
Dean - he certainly is, he's not too shabby over 10 miles either, think his time from earlier this year is round about the 10th on the all time list. 30:18 for him yesterday so a bit off his best (and a minute behind the front 2 which won't happen often I bet!)
Results on RB have you down as 3rd V40 I think
SG - yep in the wrong conditions its pretty brutal, as it was this year with torrential rain leading up to the race. Most of the hills are in the second half too which is never ideal.
Good work Dean. Are you never tempted to do a focussed 10k, having trained for it, just to see?
Sounds pretty extreme even by NY standards Philip!
I was momentarily tempted to think about the Ennerdale Horseshoe Fell-race this year, having read that it is it's 50th Anniversary this year, and close to my 50th birthday. Luckily it is the Saturday before rather than after though, so the incentive has gone as I'll still be 49. I say 'luckily' as it is a notorious tough race, which I would reckon to get round in about 5 and a half hours if I did well!
7.5M this morning. At least the ground was a bit firmer, even if I still haven't quite thrown off this bloody cold.
PMJ - That's a bit extreme isn't it..mental weather over there.
Dean - How can I put this in a nice way? You make me sick No specific training and get there 17 minutes before the start and run my PB. I give up..Are you going to have ago at the Vets 10k thing in Brum?
bus - no! 10k is 5miles too far to be honest when I find the sprint work takes its toll on my body I will probably move up the distances
SC - is the 10k brum thing the England vest race? If so I might do, particularly as I will be in the older age group by then. depends if it fits in with the track stuff
reg - I don't understand all that bike stuff - but the fact you have improved your wattage on last yr sounds a big positive
Reg Wand said:
I did a threshold fitenss test on Saturday, basically how much power you can theroetically produce over an hour. I manged 320 watts compared to 309 watts last year. For context Chris Froome's is reported to have been 366 watts. I find it hard to believe his isn't higher than that though. Still either way I'm glas I've retained a lot of fitness on the bike without much training.