My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Puddled on the Leeds Liverpool canal.
A very pleasant run this morning sharing a 8 miler on the Leeds Liverpool canal with Ilkley's marathon specialist Sally Malir. A return to what was a regular midweek steady, heading up towards Bingley past the famous Saltaire Mill along a very puddle strewn towpath following recent heavy rain.
Much busier on this stretch than coming from the west at Silsden as I usually do. It was good to see former Bingley teammates and veterans champions, Mike Smith, followed several minutes later by Les Haynes running towards us. Enjoying a fine sunny late morning's run as we were.
It doesn't seem that long since I could run up to 20 miles with Sally as she built up for her Spring marathons.
Looking back over the last couple of years it's probably a significant negative factor that I have rarely gone over 12 miles for my long run. Hardly good preparation for half marathons.
Today between puddle hopping and squeezing through several "bike gates" we averaged 8.30 pace. Perhaps if I am to tackle that half marathon, earlier next year, which I put off last weekend, I need to be joining her for her long runs as she is knocking out at nearer to 8.00 pace. Thanks for your company today, Sally. A nice change.
I'm over at the Nelson branch for the rest of the week, so just researching the weather forecast for that area. Not looking good..............winds up to 23 m.p.h.!! Bit like this........
Ask a friend to drive you out as far as you want to run in and come back with the wind behind. I've done that before. Not possible for me; could be 300s on the track again...... with the wind behind! Best of luck.
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!