My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Saturday, 28 August 2010
After Tuesday's road run and Wednesday's pleasing 5K tempo on the track I could hear the call ofthe wild. It was definitely a day for getting off road on THURSDAY. Target the "Tongue" the lower hill on this shot. The isolated stile is a curious feature after 2 miles on the run. Presumably there was a fence each side of it at one time, long since gone, and the owners at Troutbeck Park farm have left the stile as a marker to guide walkers up the field to navigate to the right of the "Tongue". This run could not further removed from the track and provides a perfect contrast; the pace is largely irrelevant but proves to be well over 2 minutes slower.
FRIDAY. We drove through to Kentmere village. It was late morning but managed to "bag" the last remaining car parking spot by the church. For such a popular walking start point it's shame there is only room for half a dozen cars. But then again.....Most runners think of the famous Kentmere Horseshoe; a race I have a distant memory of running but no record. I was very young! I do recall coming up when I'd received a prototype of a FASTRAX off road shoe I'd had made in Northampton in the early '80s and was showing all the fell runners to receive some feedback. Today, we were having a "reccy" of the start of the Garburn trail which is on our "to do" list as it goes up out of Kentmere over and down to the Troutbeck valley. Not for today though and certainly not the Horseshoe! Today I'll enjoy a steady run on the relatively quiet country lane back to Staveley. I added a loop to make it 8 miles.
Long sleeve required today on yet another cool August morning.
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!