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Definite corner turned,Bus. Pleased to hear it. Same for you, SG. Well managed.
A tough set of races, SC. Not sure sure which way round would be better. Salvaged at least with a good long ‘un from you today.
Winchombe 10k this morning. Last raced in 2017 coming second. Works well as a family, with a kids 1k and a super play park right at registration.
Delightful warm up jogging round the kids race with my daughter. Despite it being only half the distance of junior parkrun, she was excited for the medal 😆. Surprisingly anxious beforehand so pleased she did it.
The race itself is a very hilly trail to a neothilic monument, Belas Knap, atop Cleeve Hill. So essentially a fell race. 10k with 800ft climbing.
In third around the field and road in the first quarter, which felt about right. First and second slightly pulling away as the hill got steeper was as per, before surprisingly reeled them in. Amazed to reach the highest point, about 3.8M in first. Bloody hell, I might be on for a once in a decade win here!
Sadly, yellow vest sped off on the downhill, putting a minute into me.
I could see third over my shoulder and so really dug in, with quite audible breathing. I past some spectators before the finish. Him: “Well done, you’re making it look easy.” Her: “Is he?” 😆
Lovely to take second, even it was a small race. Local sausages for everyone and a bottle of Rioja for the podium. One of these is unopened… Got to take a result when you can!
10k trail, 800ft, 42:37.
Hamstring/glute insertion a bit sore, so looking to Bus for tips.
70M for the week, so another ✅. Will take it very easy before Cheltenham half next weekend.
Nice was on that parkrun off no WU, SC.
Great to see a double digit, SG. That is a proper return.
Photos from the Lakes look lovely, Bus. Hope you have
had/are having a great time. Great family memories being made.
Hamstring has remained sore through last week, although
probably on an upward trajectory. A well-timed video from the ‘Pre-Hab Guys’ on
Facebook recommend lots of micro-dosing of strengthening exercises. Nothing
ground-breaking, but a useful reminder of some I haven’t done for ages.
Decided that Cheltenham half all out wouldn’t have been
wise, with speed being the thing (in the past) that has most upset a grumbly
hamstring. So 8M easy from home (cracking to run on closed roads for this!), 13.1
at marathon effort (I think, I mean who really knows…), 3M jog back home.
Total of 24.4M at 7:03 average. The half was in 1:28:00
(should have gone a second quicker!). Started off with the 90 minute pacer. His
strategy seemed a little punchy, but he made the valid point of the opening two
or three miles being slightly downhill. Lovely bloke and chatting away at 6:45s
was most pleasant.
Great to see so many friendly and familiar faces around
Cheltenham. Allegedly there were 2-3000 runners, and so plenty of support as we
toured round the nicest parts of the Georgian town centre.
Pulled away from the pacer around 5M but only very gradually.
For the first time this year, there was also a 10k that you then met the
back/mid of at around 8M. Selfishly, this was quite a pain as the paths aren’t
the widest at times. But nonetheless good to see a few friends and give them an
As it turned uphill at 9M, things got a little more ouchy,
and the pace slowed. The final two miles within the racecourse also aren’t easy,
with inclines, exposed to a bit of wind, and several soft and sandy sections.
Could probably do with starting here, although I suspect road closures would
have something to do with this.
Pleased to finish, and HR was climbing along with the
temperatures. Surprised the pacer was maybe only 20-30 seconds behind me. This
would have screwed over some of those right on the margins of the 90 minute
Enjoyable run – the second and final ‘mega-long’. Mileage
will be greatly reduced next week now students back in, but I seem to have
built some solid fitness over the summer break. Hope this doesn’t drop off too
much before London, but will try to put some sessions in there to increase
sharpness. That said, hamstring very sore today, so will be a while yet!