After yesterday's rather lethargic, lacklustre 300s rep session on the track I set off for a jog along the Leeds Liverpool canal from Foulridge Wharf on the way back from the weekly Nelson shop visit To be honest I had no definitive distance in mind. 3, 4 or 5 depending on how the legs felt with Sunday's 10K in mind. Must admit I wasn't feeling that great. But.............
The diversion off the canal to Mark's home and a loop around Barnoldswick before returning to the canal resulted in a leisurely 6 which I can't say I would have completed without Mark's company in the middle.
The plan now is an easy 4 miler off road this morning (Friday) in bright sunshine (!) (but I'm not expecting much of an increase in temperature) and then just 3 on the grass tomorrow to complete 3 easy days before Sunday...........
It's not a case of getting more people running; 36,000 ran the London. I just feel that the UK's top runners need more incentive to elevate standards back to where they were in past decades.
I won't hold my breath but who knows. The all time rankings show 14 UK runners under 2.10 but no one under that time since Richard Nerurkar in April 1997.
Do you think that it's lack of incentive that's holding our top runners back?
Or has our society changed so much from the '80s that it's impossible to put the effort in to produce times around or under 2.10 for the marathon?