Tuesday, 3 May 2011
TUNING UP AT ALEXANDRA PARK 5K
weekly free Parkruns. Numbers have reduced as the competing Parkruns have become more popular but 74 participants was sufficient to provide competition from front to back.
My next race the GREAT MANCHESTER 10K will have slightly more in it. 37,999 to be precise now that PAULA RADCLIFFE has withdrawn, sore throat and chest infection reportedly or has she learnt that I'll be turning out again?
Neatly postioned between Good Friday's Salford 10K and that Great Manchester 10K , Sunday's race was chosen to serve essentially as a tune up/build up race. Based on my 42.59, deducting a minute and dividing by 2, I had in mind a "satisfactory" predictable time of 21:00. But whilst it would be by no means a "training run" there would be no taper for this low key race. So perhaps I was being optimistic.
The strong winds which plagued the previous day's 3 Peaks were still in evidence in the Manchester Park but fortunately would only hamper us for a stretch on each of the 3 laps. The midweek track session and subsequent runs had left the hamstrings sore but a good 3 mile warm up oiled the wheels and by 11.30 I was "good to go"!
I planned to just race without worrying about the K spilts. I would just try to ensure that the Garmin, monitoring " pace per mile, was showing below 7.00 throughout.
All in all a useful speed exercise and far faster than the alternatives, slogging around Nelson track 12 and a half times or hammering down the canal running solo at what would result in just tempo pace.
74 in the field and I finished 3rd M60. I'll be aiming to repeat that position a week on Sunday in that field of 38000 mainly because most local M60 "stars" won't pay the entry fee; ten times the cost this low key race.
Do you think they will use the money saved on Paula's non-appearance to reward the leading veterans? Now that would be novel , wouldn't it?