Bite my lip and close my eyes
Take me away to paradise
With over 5 months until my big challenge on La Palma, it seems so far but is actually very close so I really should be thinking about doing some of that thingy stuff, err, what’s it called, oh yeah ‘training’! Problem is I really can’t be arsed with conventional methods (which all re-invent each other) as they are too rigid and require precisely measured efforts as though everyone is a full time pro Olympic athlete trying to squeeze a microsecond out of a marathon, so I shall be following the *DuST method of preparation.
*DuST –Distance equals Speed multiplied by Time – My own relaxed method of running faster. It’s simple. It’s fun. It works – for me. (See next line!)
With new PB’s this year at 5k (official if not fastest), 7k, 5m, 6m, 10k and 10 miles, my parkrun best for the year of 20:47 has been looking a bit out of place against a PB of 19:15.
Due to Run Directing commitments, there were only 2 chances before the end of the year, and so I identified Saturday for a fast parkrun at Heaton Park. After a 10.5k packrun on Wednesday, I reduced my chances by running home from work on Thursday, 20.5k but caught watch and suspect it was longer.
I then discovered that Heaton had a course diversion that would likely add time, so switched plans to Oldham parkrun instead. A slower course but more familiar and after a good warm up I was confident of a sub20 if not an all time PB. Despite a decent start my breathing never settled in the cold damp air but managed to blast a nice chunk off previous course best, at 19:32 – joint 3rd fastest parkrun ever, with tired legs, happy. GPS.
The following week was a quiet one, with a packrun and then a planned Fell Race on Saturday, in which I just needed to jog round to up my points in the club Grand Prix to secure a first ever top ten place in the GP. Unfortunately Saturday afternoon races involve negotiating a lot more traffic than usual and the eta slipped back until stuck in another traffic jam I turned back as wouldn’t have made it.
Those that did get there scored good points which has all but ruled out a top ten place, which along with the ‘admin error’ in missing out on the Road Champ qualification is a reminder to get some safety races banked in early in future. Even a PB at the final race in Wesham will probably not be enough now.
At least my legs were fresher when we headed off to the Preston 10 arriving nice and early for a good warm up. Having already secured a 10 mile PB this year, I wasn’t too bothered about time but had a vague plan of running a nice even pace for a time close to that.
Right from the off I was pushed along at much too fast a pace, and decided to switch to running the first half fast. Legs were feeling good and the miles were flying by. Couldn’t stop smiling as it was crazy as I went through halfway about a minute and a half faster than Swinton. Towards 10k it started getting harder but still passed through in 39:45 – 4th fastest 10k ever.
The second lap was getting tough but still managed to gain a few more places until I was finally passed. Tried to go along but couldn’t and then another came through with same result. Finally a 3rd runner came by that I could stay with and we see-sawed position until the last km, when I made a push for the finish to get clear. I knew a sub 1:05 was on and crossed line in 1:04:45 smashing my Swinton time by a minute and a half, with the 2nd half just the 1 second faster. GPS.
Another run home on Tuesday, this time the more accurate 21.6km and felt a little easier. Another 10.2km packrun and then the first of the winter Todmorden 5k series on Thursday. Poor air and no warm up, so struggled with breathing on first lap but gradually eased. Increasing comfortable effort for 20:19 with each km faster than the last. GPS.
Rounded off a busy week with a gentle 15.6km on Sunday.