My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Thursday, 5 November 2009
TWO PHEASANTS & 2 RABBITS...that's all folks!
The BARDEN RESERVOIRS RUN.
Last night's icing seemed to have worked ; the legs didn't feel too bad at all so decided to make today's 6 miler a fairly tough one. Having driven past Bolton Abbey on the B6160 I turned left at Barden Tower taking the road signposted Eastby and Embsey. An immediate left to park and a short walk across the road. Through the gate and the run starts. The first mile is only a gradual climb (10.16) a nice intro for what's to come. From that point it's uphill all the way for another mile and a half. Dry underfoot, loose chippings; not as steep as the Murder Mile on Ilkley moor and better underfoot but quite testing.
I'm conscious of yesterday's track session but I'm up on my toes, the arms are driving well and all seems OK. At 2.5 I reach the Upper Barden reservoir ......the large waterworks house is quite a strange landmark....time for the legs to recover on the flat, grassy path adjacent to the water. I turn at 3
(30.36). Immediately I hit the descending trail at 3.5 I can feel the impact on the quads but not really of concern. Good leg speed now as the pace quickens. Fourth mile 8.29. Excellent views now
back towards Ilkley and beyond. The path twists
around again bringing in the autumnal colours of the landscape above the river Wharfe.....Simon's Seat,
Skyreholme and Appletreewick. The reward for having made the climb. I don't concentrate on the view for too long though; I don't want to fall at this stage of the run. Back to the gate in 56.31. 8.38 and 8.39
for the last two miles. Pleased with the session. A good lung teasing climb and a safe descent at good pace.
3 minutes faster than last time I ran it in September. Nevertheless, with usual weekend to come, tomorrow call's for an easy day.
Just had the Athletics Weekly delivered with a report on the New York marathon inside. Confirm's PAULA R. ran 2:29:27. in 4th place.In her post race interview she refers to a problem with a tendon behind the knee 13 days prior to the race and elsewhere in the mag it says she missed London due to an operation to remove a bunion!
She has already had surgery to remove a Morton's Neuroma (the surgery I had back in 2002). Both problems I would suggest due to mile after mile
(reportedly up to 145 miles per week!) up on her forefoot in her trademark style. Perhaps it's time to ease the burden on her fragile feet, switch to shorter distances, reduce the mileage and do more races. She had only raced once this year prior to New York. Hardly the build up most coaches would recommend. With a 69 mins. New York half marathon her 2:29 was entirely predictable. I ran 2:29: 46 and 69.46 for the half in 1982. At the moment I don't think she's really "in our sport". Who knows we might even see her back in a club vest taking part in a club event like top marathoners of the past used to do. But cynics would say that club events don't bring in the money. They might think that but I couldn't possibly comment! Suffice it to say that in 1982 I also ran the Yorks, Northern , National XC, four 10 milers, 2 20s and 4 other marathons!Stockport before London, Bolton, Sandbach and Leeds after. I did reach 90 miles on occasions but never 100 in a week.
Two pheasants and two rabbits? Well that's all I saw on today's run.....or was it one rabbit twice? So if you want a testing run, away from it all perhaps the Barden reservoirs run is the one for you!
SYNCHRONIZED RUNNING. Ran with Grete Waitz from 17 miles point to Westminster Bridge. She ran 2:25:29 for a World Best Time to my 2:25:35. , beating my 1982 PB by 4 minutes 10 seconds.
2011 2012 races
Mar 11 Haigh Hall Relays
Apr 6 Salford 10K 43.29 M60 4th
Apr 26 Salford 5K 21.32 M60 4th
May 13 Beaverbrooks 10k 43.00 M55 3rd
May 27 Sale 5 miler 34.24 M60 1st
June 24 Platt Fields 10k 48.03 M60 3rd
July 8 Debdale Park 7K 30:57 M60 3rd
July 22 Moonraker 10KMT 44.47 M60 1st
July 28 Lancaster 5K 20.59 M60 2nd
MAR 5 STANLEY PARK 10K M6O/2 43.28 MAR20 N.OF E. 12 MAN RELAY incomplete team MAR 27 GREAT GRIZEDALE TRAIL M6O/1 74.10 APR 22 SALFORD 10K M60/5 42.59 MAY 1 ALEX ANDRA PK 5K M60/3 21.11 MAY 15 GT MANCHESTER 10K M60/5 42.39 MAY 22 SALFORD 5K M60 21.40 MAY 30 SALE 5 MILER M60/3 34.10 JUN 26 PLATT FIELDS 10K M60/3 44.17 JUL 10 DEBDALE PARK 7K M60/3 30.32 JUL 23 ELSWICK EXPRESS 10M M60/1 71.34 AUG14 CHERNOBYL 10K PRESTON M60/1 44.03 SEPT 4 GREAT ECCLESTON "FAST 4" M60/1 28.07
SEPT 18 BOGGART CHASE 10K M60/2 45.52
SEPT 24 NORTHERN 6 STAGE 6K 25.27
OCT 23 LEA TOWN 10K M60/2 43.23
NOV13 WINDMILL 10K M60/2 43.08
NOV27 THE"BEST" 5K M60/4 23.32 (calf strain at 0.5 mile)
Started club racing in 1963 at the age of 14. Finishing 7th in the Machester Schools XC champs. Consequently,was invited to join SALE HARRIERS by coach Alan Robertshaw. Enjoyed good times and success with Sale Harriers on the country (9th. Northern Jr. 12th Inter Counties for Lancs) and steeplechase (3rd AAA Jr.) Moving to Yorkshire, establishing THE COMPLETE RUNNER SHOPS and the FASTRAX brand I joined Bingley Harriers, Valley Striders,Ilkley Harriers, returning to Sale Harriers in 2009 to bring running
career to full circle.
Now 2011, with 139 10ks done, 103 10 milers, 102 half marathons (3 wins)and 26 marathons (2 wins)
completed. (PBs 15.15,31.45 51.14 67.55 and 2:25:33)Still
running every day,managing 45 miles most weeks but P.Bs very much a thing of the past! You can see details of the decline on my athletics data/power of ten profile! www.athleticsdata.com.So, yes, running on empty....where do we go from here? Time...and this blog..will tell!