My running thoughts and observations
....present, past and what future I have left!
Thursday, 24 March 2011
A run of 2 halves
Another fabulous spring day in the North with just a whisper of cloud and a gentle cooling breeze. As near
as we get to perfection for today's outing; a run of 8 plus miles. Yesterday, a very pleasing track session. Today, a great trail run with just short stretches of tarmac with some magnificent North Yorkshire views.
A bit longer than I would generally cover after a speed session but the Grizedale race on Sunday is hardly the Olympics, so no real ease down necessary.
I parked up outside the village hall at Timble Village and headed off down the road towards Swinsty reservoir. A clear view of the Memwith Hill U.S. / RAF base in the distance ("the golf balls" as we call it).
Wearing the ADIDAS SUPERNOVA RIOTGTX today and my delicate feet certainly felt the benefit of the excellent cushioning in this shoe on the first road section down to the reservoir. As can be seen from this shot the level of the water is already going down. People in Leeds having too many baths! A Thursday morning but still plenty of walkers to greet on this first half of the run. The three miles around Swinsty res made much easier and faster by the improvements to the waterside trail. Not a sign of mud anywhere.
Completing the circuit of Swinsty I cross the embankment between it and Fewston res (pictured here today) and head out for the second half of the run. A run through plantations which will serve as a good rehearsal for Sunday's GRIZEDALE race and proves to be a complete contrast to the first few miles. No greetings at all to anyone in the last isolated 4 miles.
Quite testing in this second half through the forest which does not attract the leisure walkers as the res do. The mile uphill through the forest proves no real problem compared to week 2 of this year when the slightest gradient proved a trial. Emerging from the forest, I make a left turn and I'm heading back to the start in Timble Village.
Spring is very much in the air as I finish the run with daffodils lining the road through the village and new born lambs frolicing in the nearby fields. I went into the Timble Inn and booked a table for Pat and myself for dinner tonight. I will not be having the lamb....
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!