My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Thursday, 3 December 2009
A GAME OF TWO HALVES
Having completed a fairly tough track session yesterday at just under 7 mins. pace and with a race looming on Sunday, today's run would have to be "easy". I define "easy" as race pace plus 2 so the target for this 8 mile run would be 72 minutes. Setting off up the canal from 5 Rise Locks the legs did not feel great and the strong wind wasn't helping. The outward part of this out and back run didn't go to plan.
9.28 9.18 9.31 9.17 (37.35) With the wind behind I was able to pick up the pace and things thankfully started to flow with only a tad more effort. 8.43 8.32 8.33 8.34 (34.23) The legs started to feel better as the miles passed. Hit the 8 mile finish in 71.58........2 secs inside target!
Before the run I'd had a visit from one of the country's top M45s, John Convery of Bingley Harriers. John ran 54.39 for 10 miles last Sunday; placing him 7th on the UK rankings. His approach to his running is very much "race as you train". His work and involvement with the running of his very gifted son Sam means that he isn't a high mileage, run every day athlete. Consequently he tends to concentrate on 5ks, 10ks, cross country and road relays, adding just one ten miler and 1 15 mile race to make up over 30 races in 2009. The photo shows him (centre)(Ist) with myself (3rd) and Nigel Monaghan (then Leeds City)(2nd) after the Kirkstall 10K in 1986. John ran 32.30. His devotion to his speed sessions, twice a week on the track at present, has seen him run 33.03. in 2009 ...23 years later! He has runs a few marathons but seems to have learnt the distances where he performs best and has clearly focussed well. Food for thought. Limit the long runs and run faster 5Ks and 10ks or maintain the long runs and add a few half marathons to the list next year? My time behind John was 33.04 in 1986 . I'm 9 minutes slower now in 2009. Perhaps if I'd hadn't run all those marathons.........
And finally............I saw the suicidal runner from the track yesterday on the canal ....how's that for a coincidence. He greeted me really enthusiastically and was clearly tons better............not at all like someone ready to end it all.
" Well, you're clearly better!, I said, "I thought you wre going to end it all"
" Yeah, I was, I managed to get all the Neurofen lined up ready to go. A few hundred of them"
" So what happened?, I said.
" After the first two..........I felt a lot better! "
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!