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Good thinking and effort Matt H
Matt L - they've only moved United v Tottenham to the Monday night haven't they! Garhh.
Yes Matt, it's the thought of the drive that's putting me off - my back and hip never thank me for long periods in the car, and immediately before and then after a race will be worse. Idea was to camp overnight in the registration field. Might do parkrun tomorrow instead!
Reg - nice casual half-ironman there :-) Not sure I totally agree about the banter bit though - that word is often used as an excuse for all sorts and personally I think it crosses a line when it could be perceived as offensive in the (albeit highly unlikely!) event of being viewed by the subject of the "banter"!
Still, I'll get off my soap-box now ;-)
Good work on the 200s SG, and Matt H - yes, I imagine these temps are especially hard if straight into them form NZ!
Yep Bus, I've been in enough footy crowds with morons excusing their odious abuse as "Banter" to understand what you're saying.
I think Ric needed a bit of ribbing though for posting what must be the least flattering pic of that runner lady ever, but genuinely meaning it in a "phwoar" sort of way
Bus - that long drive then race conundrum is what I was weighing up with the northern 5ks. Probably a lot more sensible than some hilly bast at even further away!
Just the single today, as sorting an old filling out, with a new "white" filling took 1hour 20! The dentist was clearly getting bored midway, as he said to his assistant about how this was the biggest white filling he'd ever laid, and they were bantering about other things, before remembering I wasn't out cold, just had my eyes shut
It was the opposite of sexist wasn't it? Merely Ric posting his fetishes
Certainly not the day to be putting any top fast stuff in, unless you're one heck of a runner!
Therefore, quick turnout report.
Runnymede Relay job. Due to the format, 3 seniors only, and 3 women/vets, i'd been squeezed down to the B team, due to our 3 fast seniors, 1) all for once being available, and 2) two of them just about still being 39!
Relaxed about that and got a short leg, which was super groovy, as last year on the long leg, I was wobbly for the last 5 mins, and then spent 20mins lying down straight after, almost feeling like I did at the infamous Wycombe half! Any further last year and I think it'd have been borderline dangerous!
Anyway, arriving at 12, knowing i'm not up until 2.30 was odd. Zero nerves or adrenaline, and even with about 8 waters consumed I was still a bit dehydrated, and unlike me couldn't muster any pre race "Unleashing"
Our A team held the lead for a while, but when the Berkshire county champ was chasing, even our best runner lost a minute lead. We started about 5secs up, but Reading's last guy was too strong, and we came 2nd.
So our A team had finished, and out E leg runner was still out there. Now this felt surreal. The proper race had finished, and I was still there waiting, and even heard the dreaded "in 15mins everyone still there goes off together"
Having put in an awful and split up 1.25mile jog around, I really wasn't up for this, and was slightly put off by how big the gaps were between runner.
I picked up, and had about 400-500metres to a chap in front, that I knew i'd pass. Just a case of how soon. The start 3/4miles is a gentle climb up uneven grassy fare, and then comes to a gravelly hill, that is fairly steep over a short distance. Couple of hundred metres before the hill I chose to overtake, and ignored that the pace was far from tidy!
Up the hill, 1 mile of the mere 2.75miles chalked off, and it's slightly up and down but firm ground.
It feels odd. Am breathing like a dog, it's super uncomfy weather, but in effect I've run my race now, I just need to hold this 1 place gain, as there's no one else in shot!!
Continue on some risky downwards grassy rough ground, try and ignore that Bradfield was saying he did this next mile in 5.16, as my watch is on around 5.40s and just keep going.
Gloriously taking the left at the "long leg, short leg" sign this year, rather than the dreadful 2.5miles extra up an down awkward terrain.
Eventually clock another Datchet chap ahead. Older guy, clearly on a leg behind, so easing past him is no real effect on anything!
Long long straight to the end of the field, which last year I was starting to really lose the plot on.
Round the bend, smile and wave at Rob F telling me to put full beans in. No chance I think, not with another 600metre straight to go, and the weather, and it counting for nothing. Know there's no way i'm matching Chris B's low 15!
Keep going consistently, try and look casual in a "I could have gone faster if needed" sort of way , and over the line probably low 16s. Didn't stop the watch so it showed 1620s, but moving time said 1605, so I presume that's right.
So probaby more tempo pace for a 2.75mile leg, but offroad, hill, hot 2.30pm peak of day and humid, and late in the B team, probably isn't the set of circumstances that gets the max out of you! Especially not remembering last year!
Nice little team day.
Drove back to Wycombe to try and get the game on repeat, and ignored radio, took the smart watch off etc.
Stuffed this up as the game hadn't recorded, so in process of trying to get I player on, accidentally saw the current score so thought sod it, and carried out live at 50mins!
I still think parkruns are tough to get the urgency up to race pace at. Especially if you've done loads.
These days I certainly have to "fancy" a race to go and do it. Back in the day I'd do a lot more without a thought about hills, weather etc. I suppose that's experience of what can happen if you're not prepared, know it doesn't suit you, or something going wrong at a certain distance/type of race!
Although memory is a funny thing. You can forget seriously challenging parts of races, while overhyping others.
Haha ta Wool. There's one thing I believe strongly in, and that's your word is your bond. If you agree to turn up somewhere, you do. Irrespective of anything else (bar family/life threatening stuff of course!).
Was never going to either sulk off or sack It just for football By the time it was clear that the people who were going to watch it at some random pub had long gone, and no-one left was up for it, I was fairly content to slope off. It felt a lot different to the Colombia game was the downside, as it was in effect won by the time I turned on!
The truth about the race though, is like you, i'm certainly no offroad hero, and while the pressure of going for the win can lift you, or at least not have you like I was...bereft of any adrenaline or real motivation, the downside can be big.
You were given a bit of a turd sandwich with that situation. Almost worst case scenario in the context of a 1st/2nd place battle, a miniscule lead and a local powerhouse behind! Like a few said though, don't knock your best by far effort on that leg! You can't knock something when it's the best you've ever done! You're going great guns, and if I were you i'd be looking to follow up that Upton time with a quicker one at either BP, or a Dulwich/Bushy, if you can't make the BPs (I forget if you're one of the chaps who can't make BP) 16th and 23rd the next BPs now
Bracknell probably isn't too much further than Windsor would be to me. It'd be a new course at least. But if it's still scorching, and it's anything like Saturday's terrain, then I dare say getting up early to get there may well be beyond me. We'll see though!