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Good new on the second jabs. Had mine a couple of weeks ago and it feels quite liberating.
Great consistency, TR.
Great 5k, Macca. Especially on ultra training. It was so good to run Wokey with you. The first 11 miles at least 😆.
Haha - enjoyed the 5k time, NE. Good session!
An hour on an elliptical, Cal 😱.
Good to hear, Westy. Shame about the Manchester date re GFA. I hadn’t even looked at training dates for London. I need to get the calendar out!
First post in a while after a fun yet busy half term. A couple of days away on the south coast, with a lovely run to Pagham Harbour, before a turnout at the Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo race on Wednesday evening.
This is a a brutal 5.5M trail affair, set in on the stunning Cotswold escarpment, looking out towards the Malvern Hills and the Welsh border. A stunner of an evening, albeit over 20C even with a 7.30pm kick off - well past my bed time!
The climbs are tough, with some technical descents to give no respite. We were set off in four waves of 50, with each wave 15s apart. I was in the second (randomly selected) wave, so had plenty of runners to pick off in the opening couple of miles.
It felt hard work trying to overtake in the opening uphill mile, although I suspected many had gone off too hard. Caught a few on the first long and most technical ascent, before having to resort to a bit of a walk run up the steepest of climbs. Genuinely questioning my sanity at this point, feeling sick and wanting to stop. Why do we do it!
Slowly worked by way into the top ten, although I couldn’t quite be sure with the different waves. The final hill takes you to the trig point, the highest in the Cotswolds, before a final kilometre back to the finish. I just crested the peak in front of the leading lady, and then had a tussle with a chap who managed to pull away from.
After a spot of recovery, jogged a mile warm down along the course to cheer everyone on. I’m sure to others it feels like I am taking the piss, but most smile or grimace in return to my shouts 😆.
A lovely beer and chat for what is probably the most sociable I have been in 16 months. And then surprised to have found I came six, with bottles of wine given to the first six! Trail running, especially when paths are in good condition, really is the best.
Padded the race day out to make a 60M week. And just entered the Cheltenham Festival (half marathon) this coming Sunday - inspired by good reviews of the RunThrough team. Looks quite hilly with four laps around the racecourse.
Jools - wow! Both on the incredible eight day stats, and the challenge ahead. What an experience that should be. Very best of luck - hope the weather, logistics etc all play ball.
10M easy on achey legs is warrior like, TR 💪.
That’s useful Cal, thank you. Could you have at least some races in the calendar.
Back to the grass track today. Slightly windy, but had at least recently been mowed. All set for sports day tomorrow!
With Sunday’s race, I fancied something varied, but not brutal. Settled on 10 minutes tempo into 6 x 400 hard off 200 jogs.
10 minutes at 6:20 pace. As tempo always does, felt pretty hard. Possibly a bit too punch for half marathon pace this weekend, especially given the rolling nature of the course.
400s were a bit of a surprise - couldn’t seem to break 1:30 with several a second over or bang on. Nonetheless, the effort was there. Lovely to run in the sun in on an empty track in view of the cathedral 😃. Mind you, knackered since.
All in 8.5M at 7:00 pace. Will keep it pretty easy now through to Sunday.