My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Friday, 21 May 2010
Now if you train hard, you just might........
Now you see if you train hard enough, win Olympic titles, set world records and travel the world winning lucrative road races you could end up owning a hotel with a view like this! The spectacular view is across Lake Hawassa in Ethiopia (no I didn't take it!) where Haile Gebrselassie has opened his new Haile Resort. A luxury hotel on the shores of the lake about 4 hours south of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
As part of the events for the opening his team including GB marathoner Richard Nerurkar who is based in Ethiopia ,organised races over 21K 7K and 1.5 K, EVERY ONE Races as they were called. The Elite mens race was won by Wilson Chebet in 63.13. This shot shows the great Paul Tergat with the first 3 in the mass event proudly wearing their FASTRAX t-shirts part of our contribution to Haile's race.
Americans present at the event included New York Road Runners president and CE0 Mary Wittenberg and colleague Chrissy Odden. This shot shows Chrissy sharing the experience with a local young lady; perhaps a future star in the mould of Tirunesh Dibaba. The American's smile sums up Haile Gebrselassie's comment, "If people are happy that's the most important thing I need to hear"
Are you happy with your week so far? I'm happy to know that I gave it my all in Sunday's race! and the race video just received confirms it; not a pretty sight, but then I had just overtaken 250 hadn't I?
Following the 2 mile tester on Monday, I covered (a word carefully chosen!) 5 miles on Tuesday and ambled around the 2 res run 6.5 mile trail run Wednesday in just under 65 minutes. I made no real effort to push the pace and was not surprised with a time 6 minutes slower than a week ago. Yes, racing does takes it's toll! and I think that's the case whatever age you are. An evening run for a change (Thursday) and at last felt some warmth in the conditions. A road 6 in which the fatigue is ebbing away whilst points of soreness are still apparent.
And finally, a shot of Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat as most runners view them......from behind...!!
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!