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I had planned for this week to be a taper week in preparation for the Brighton Marathon 10k. I got off to a bad start on Monday. There was no track as it was a bank holiday so I meant to go out for a gentle 5 mile run. Unfortunately as it was a bank holiday and the weather was the best it has been thus far this year there were PEOPLE. I ran along Basin Road to avoid the seafront which would have been heaving but even the short stretch around Carat’s café was packed and caused me to develop pavement rage. This manifested itself in my getting faster and faster and faster. I don’t know how fast but faster than I meant. I need to learn to remain calm. Ha! As if.

On Wednesday I had a gentle (ish) 6 miler incorporating a few reps of Duke’s Mound and The Weakest link route.

Thursday was a 3 miler that felt very hard even though I think it was rather slow. This taper week wasn’t going very well…

On Saturday I chose to do Hove Park parkrun as time was tight with having to work at the Marathon expo in the afternoon. I haven’t done this one for a while. It started off ok but then the weather suddenly became utter cack, freezing, windy and raining. I was disappointed with my 20.09 until I realised that actually that was quite good considering the conditions.

HPparkrun

This morning (Sunday) was time for the Brighton Marathon 10k. I knew I wasn’t going to go sub 40 as I had hoped but I wanted to go out as if I were and just see how far I got. I boarded Trevor and Danny’s sub 40 train at the start line but alas become decoupled around 3k. The wind seemed to be a headwind in three out of four directions. Running in to the wind has always been something I struggle with and I certainly did today.

Putting in a vaguely speedy finish to a shoddy BM10k. Thanks Alan for the photo I have stolen without asking

Putting in a vaguely speedy finish to a shoddy BM10k. Thanks Alan for the photo I have stolen without asking

My taper week was unsuccessful as I felt very tired even though I did cut down, but I know this was due to a hectic week at work which was both physically and mentally draining. Anyway I struggled home in a disappointing 41.21. However I knew at worst this would be a tempo training run so I shall chalk it down as just that and focus on the next race.

A few of the Arena BM10k posse. Extra special well dones to Trevor for finally joining the sub 40 crew!

A few of the Arena BM10k posse. Extra special well dones to Trevor for finally joining the sub 40 crew!

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