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Sorry to hear you are still on the bench, Cal. Amazing running for your club mate. She really has gone next level.
That is outstanding, Macca! What a 5k! Really reckon you will go very well next week.
That’s a great long run, Jools. And on a beautiful route. Target for Shepperdine?
Solid week of 72M. Taking the easy runs easier than in the past (8m/m+ rather than 7:15s).
After Monday’s intervals, felt recovered enough by Wednesday afternoon for a tempo session. The book called for 16 mins, 12, 10. Having enjoyed progressing the two mile laps of the racecourse a couple of weeks ago, decided to replace the planned time with 3 x two-miles. 6:20 pace, 6:15 then a 6:30. Horrifically low blood sugar on the final, which is very rare. Took the gamble of having some insulin before the run as a hard session usually pushes blood sugar level skywards. Evidently got things wrong... I think that plan worked well when running first thing in the morning and there was no insulin on board, but for afternoon sessions there is still enough kicking about from lunchtime. Lesson hopefully learned and a good session nonetheless: all in 12.2M at 7:12 pace.
In spite of a return of the westerly winds of a couple of weeks ago, planned on going buggy long yesterday. The lad had a very solid nap, and enabled our first (probably only 😆) 20M. 7:45 pace for my first twenty since mid August. I think down under they consider 30k the magic distance, but 20M certainly has a nice ring to it.
Saw the usual very friendly farmer shifting his sheep about - giving waves and going out of his way to pull over for me. Then noticed a Range Rover coming towards us at speed. It is a very straight road so probably had about 600m or more of warning. He had a strangely determined look on his face - slightly weird I thought. Then noticed the undercover Police BMW following behind, swiftly trailed by a marked up 4x4. I know such pursuits must happen all the time, but not on the quiet buggy lanes. Found myself wondering about the headspace of the driver determinedly trying to escape the cops.
My friend has finally pushed the button and entered Peterborough marathon. I have written him a loose plan and am looking forward to pacing him. Really exciting having a vicarious relationship with running as well!
Four weeks until the Shepperdine Half marathon (see you there, Jools!). After yesterday’s run, the devil on my should is wondering if I could restamp the sub-3 marathon card...
Good question, Jools. I definitely won’t PB (high 78s), but would get satisfaction from smashing myself in say 82 mins. Don’t really have a proper gauge on what might be possible.
I’d say you are more ready - given some of you very long trail runs on the coast a while ago. Will see what I do next couple of weekends - this will probably decide it for me.
Cheers, John. Yes - really looking forward to the pacing. I have enjoyed it officially at a biggish half marathon, less-officially at parkrun and completely unofficially with the same mate over a 10M a few years ago.
The country lanes are really quiet and safe - one reason for using them so much for the buggy running. I can also see a long way ahead as the hedgerows are quite low. So always loads of time to pull over if necessary. That is a good assign from you - shows you banked a lot of fitness from 6-foot.
Really excited for you with the imminent race, hamo. Hope the English is as fast. Super running in recent weeks.
Windy grassy reps today, donning the Adios for the first time since the grumbly Achilles. Not fast, but a solid session: 3 x 4:30 (3:00 jogs), 2 x 3:45 (2:30). 9.9M all in at 7:45 pace.