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After a lot of running last week of which only one lot was any good (vet’s league) I was still feeling quite tired and uninspired but I dragged myself off to track any. Well actually I asked Steve for a lift so that I would definitely go. I did.  It was another session that under normal circumstances I would have enjoyed and been reasonably good at; 200 and 300 reps. Alas I was too tired and uninspired so once again it was just a case of running round, speeding up a bit and slowing down (a lot) when the session dictated. Ho hum. It was a pleasant warm evening though so nice to be out. 

Tuesday dawned and it was still warm and quite fine so a perfect day to set out on an LSR with my partner in long and slow. This time we were trying hard to be very slow indeed after Rob had been listening to a podcast about most people doing everything too fast and their easy not being easy enough. It was quite hard work to stay very slow and it made it even more apparent how crap my pacing skills are as I felt we had sped up but in fact we hadn’t at all. The trouble with running really slowly is it takes ages to get anywhere but I was in pleasant company so it wasn’t a chore. After a slight accidental detour of my doing it turned out to be a 12 mile run. As the pace was very easy this wasn’t at all troubling for me but I felt a bit bad because I know Rob is struggling with a heel injury. Anyway it was fine and he survived the extra few miles. 

In the evening I planned to run Tom’s 5 mile race on the seafront as it starts very near my house so seemed rude to not go over and see what happened. Perfect excuse if it did go wrong; 12 miles in the morning. There was a good turnout as you can see. 

Getting ready for the off. An almost perfect evening for running.

Having looked at Tom’s excellent map I was happy I knew where I was going and where the turnaround points were. Soon enough the race began! I found myself overtaking people I wasn’t expecting to on recent evidence so felt that at last perhaps a good run was in the offing. As we turned at the King Alfred I still felt strong and even though it was quite windy I knew I’d be able to keep battling and was looking forward to the wind being behind on the return two miles along Basin Road. On the way up Basin Road there was a group of people on bikes dressed as Batman, Robin, various other super heroes and Father Christmas. Goodness knows what they were doing. I didn’t let them distract me for too long. Soon enough I reached the Carat’s Cafe turn so it was just a 2 mile stretch with the wind behind back to the finish. I was wearing my watch as requested by Tom, so he could cross check people’s times if anything went wrong with the official timers, but I hadn’t looked at it at any stage as it would have been pointless as it’s just a stopwatch and I had no idea where the mile markers would have been. I stopped it when I crossed the finish line but didn’t look at it for ages. When I remembered I was pleased to see 33.32 (I guessed 33.30 official as I waited until I had crossed the line to stop it). My previous pb, from the recent Hastings 5 miler, was 34.30 or something so around a minute off. This was very pleasing. I waited for everyone else to finish then jogged home as it was getting a bit chilly. I didn’t realise there were prizes until Mark phoned to ask if I’d like red or white wine for being first lady! The official time was indeed 33.30 and the course was definitely 5 miles so a great success especially given the morning’s 12 miler. Those extra seconds of slowness per mile paying off.

 Wednesday was a nice slow jog with RN Run Club. 

I didn’t run parkrun as it was a different course, which was very hilly and bumpy and horrible looking, due to an event in the park. I took the opportunity to get another volunteer in the bag. 

On Sunday it was off to Heathfield for their 10k. This course is not one of my favourites. A nice mainly downhill first 5k followed by much undulating then a very uphill return. I won this in 2013 (when else?) but this was obviously not going to happen this time. My main aim for this race was to not give up, sulk or any of the other things I tend to do that are unhelpful. The start was possibly the most ridiculous ever. After a lengthy talk about possible stray dogs and mud the man said I’ll count you down, then preceded … from 10! As he neared 1 (quite some time later) he slowed down then when he finally reached one he said “Let’s race!” Everyone had already gone by then. Heaven knows when the timer started the clock. This start kept us laughing on the charge down the hill. The downhill kept coming which was good but also not good knowing we had to ascend (some of) it again later. I tried to make sure I didn’t slip into a lull, or worse, start giving up. I am pleased to report I didn’t. I did inevitably slow down in the second half but made sure I kept the effort up. I was overtaken by a few people but overtook some myself so I obviously wasn’t slowing down any more than most people. As I failed to manage a sprint finish I remembered to look at the finish clock as I crossed the line. Except there wasn’t one. So I had absolutely no idea of my time. Al estimated 43 minutes as I agreed. Wrong! 45.16. Oh. This course is around two minutes slower than a flat 10k but jeez. Never mind. Somehow I had still come fifth lady and first in my age group so it was time to hang around to collect my prize. We whiled away the time eating cake and drinking tea. 

   Winnings

I suppose Tuesday took something out of me and I did what I aimed to do ie not sulk so I shall count this as a successful step on the road back to 2013 stylings. 

30 miles for the week (mostly on Tuesday). 

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Posted 21/06/2015 by Isobel Muir in Uncategorized

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