Saturday, 31 July 2010
A SOLID 10 MILER......A GOLD MEDAL MARATHON
Drove down to the Ilkley Lido, our local outdoor pool, and ran a new out and back circuit aiming for good consistency of pace throughout. Usual lethargic first mile followed by 5 good miles at or around target pace (8.30) the last 4 miles showing welcome, reassuring acceleration.
8.59 8.38 8.30 8.28 8.32 8.29 8.15 8.19 8.16 8.11....................84.41
Pleasingly the last 7 miles were 1 and half minutes faster than the 7 miler on Tuesday. So better pace for 3 miles more. Looking forward to an easy day tomorrow!
Watched the womens EUROPEAN MARATHON later. 2 x 1K laps then 4 x10K laps on the streets of Barcelona. Streets I covered in the 2000 Barcelona half, but more recently streets I ran supporting Sally Malir when she ran a courageous 3:11.09 in hot and humid conditions in March 2006 for 9th place. (She still hasn't received her prize as I never received mine from 2000.)
Conditions no less arduous today; with 26C and 61% humidity as the marathoners set off.
On Eurosport TV, Tim Hutchings said today was her 5th marathon in the last 12 months which he considered "staggering". I was interested to see what her times were compared to my 5 run in 1984 but her record only shows Berlin 2:31:06 (Aug 2009) and Rome 2:35:31 (March 2010).
All 6 of the Britsh girls performed very creditably in the conditions;
14. Michelle Ross-Cope 2: 38 :45 16 Susan Partidge 2:39:07
20 Holly Rush 2:42:44 21 Helen Decker 2:43:00
24 Rebecca Robinson 2:44:06 25 Jo Wilkinson 2:44:11
times which several local runners may well be encouraged by as they look to the future.
Going back to ZIVILE BALCIUNAITE. Almost as soon as she had crossed the line, before running over to hug her coach ( lucky man!),
she put a hand around her throat. Apparently to check her pulse. Something I've never seen before. This is a shot of her doing similarly after another race.
I thought it was amazing that the elation of having just run away from the field to win the European gold medal would have removed this procedure from her mind. But obviously not; and what is she learning from it anyway?
She'd won easily without collapsing. Enough evaluation for me!!
P.S. Jessica Ennis.............respect! Mo Farah..........espect
1500 metre runners look and learn!!!