The Preston 10 Mile

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 Crazy gloves for a crazy guy : Heading to the finish line

Sunday November 20th and my first road race since August, a 10 mile road race that I have wanted to do for a number of years but for one reason or another I have never had the chance. The Preston 10 mile.

Ahead of the race, things didn’t look good heavy rain was forecast, my Friday run had felt a little sluggish and on my Saturday run I was unable to hit my training target. However, come race day, the sun was out and I felt well rested. Aided in part by my traditional long lie-in on the day before the race, something I started doing because I would often struggle to sleep the day before a race.

The next thing that went my way, was when standing at the crowed start line, a runner stood to my side on the pavement told me how he had a clear run and I pointed out how he would have if it wasn’t for the group of spectators down the road. To which, he replied don’t worry I know them, I’ll clear them, I know them. So I followed him and sure enough the crowd did move and for change I was able to run unrestricted right from the start. However, noting my pace was coming up as 5:40 I decided to slow right down to my pre-planned pace of 6:20, a plan based on my 10 mile PB.

Last time I ran a 10 mile race, I tried to hit 6:15 the whole way around with the aim of going sub 63 minutes, that didn’t work. So this time I had returned to my tried and tasted strategy of using my PB pace as my guide. However early on I was finding it hard to hit that time, with my watch often reading 6:10 or 6:15. One reason for this was that unlike in Elswick, I was surrounded by other runners who I could pace off. Although things were going too well as I completed the first mile in 6:09. So I gradually slowed, until I could find some runners, running at the pace I wanted to hit. I was then able to hit the next two miles in 6:19 followed by the next two in 6:20 pace. Pretty much perfect pacing.

The plan was to run mile six at the same pace, before using the next three miles of the race to gradually speed up before hitting a fast final mile. However, mile six came in at 6:15 pace, so I decided that the plan was already in action and I completed the next two miles in 6:08 and 6:09. Then came mile 8 and I was well ahead of where I wanted to be and feeling confident. However despite trying to increase the pace, I found this mile hard going and completed it in 6:21.

Worried that the wheels may be about to fall off, I put in one last effort, there was one mile left and I was going to give it everything, I had left to achieve my goal. Passing a number of runners along the way confidence returned and seeing one more runner up ahead who was struggling, I made it my goal to catch him and pass him. Something I did with perhaps 400 metres to go and then it was a matter of trying to hold on, completing the final 322 metres in 5:08 pace and the final mile in 5:58 pace, to complete the race in 01:02:18 a huge PB of over one minute!

So the return to road racing was a success, this was a course that helped me, being fairly flat and including several long straight section. The weather on the day of the race was perfect for me and training smart, I had dropped my mileage right down on the week of the race. I also felt stronger and fitter than when I ran my last 10 mile, it’s clear that the training I have been doing, aiming for the five S’s, is working and there could be more to come.

SmashRun provide you with estimated finish times for selected distances based on your run time and from this race they estimate I could run 5K in 17:50 (A PB), 10K in 37:30 (A PB), HM in 1:23:20 (Slower than my PB) and a marathon in 2:55:49 (A PB). So plenty of room for improvement and more PB’s to follow…….maybe…….hopefully……fingers crossed.

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Bolton XC

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So on to Bolton and race three of the Red Rose Cross Country League (12/11/16) and whilst this race had no large hill climb to battle up (4 times as it was in Blackburn), I felt this three lap course was far more challenging as there were  multiple hill climbs & descents of various sizes, there were twists & turns and there was a wide mix of terrain. An opinion slightly backed up by Smashrun, who gave this course exactly the same hill difficulty level it gave to Blackburn with its (4 out of 6).

Again my pace was slower than the previous two races, but I again I feel that this was yet another improvement in my cross country running. Like Blackburn, I approached the race more tactically than I did Leigh, but unlike like Blackburn I didn’t finish the race feeling like I could have given a lot more. Although I did still finish strong, passing a number of runners on the final lap and achieving my highest placing yet 47th. Which isn’t the slightest bit impressive, however it is almost 20 places above where I finished the last two times out.

So it’s a marked improvement, despite it being a tougher course, suggesting that my strength work is going to plan.  I also managed to get spiked in the race, around the knee and quad area. I remember it happening……..well I remember thinking it had happened, it was only after the race that I noticed it had happened. I took a hill descent in my normal kamikaze style, ending up right behind a group of three runners. I then felt one of their feet come right up right up against my leg and I thought I am a bit close here, thank goodness he wasn’t wearing spikes, before nipping around the three of them and pushing on. Afterwards, I spotted a small amount of blood on my leg and in the car home I noticed two more marks and then today I spotted a fourth mark. So the lesson here is, do not run too close to someone in cross country or you will get spiked.

In other news, I am continuing to fit in at least one off-road training run a week and I have continued with my gym workouts. Covering the strength part of the five S’s.

I have also upped my mileage and this week I reached 60 miles, covering the stamina S.

I have continued to make to the track training sessions and I completed my new Thursday cycle by running my first tempo running since….well who knows….I can’t remember when I last did one of those. But i am glad i went out i did one, even if still felt slightly sore on the morning of Bolton. Something i think was due to me running the tempo faster than I should have. With Runners World, recommending i should aim for 6:10 pace and me hitting 5:55 pace at one point. So that’s not training smart and neither was the decision to run 18 miles, the day after race…….hopefully that won’t come back to bite me. So that covers Speed and I am continuing with my morning and evening stretching, ticking off suppleness.

Leaving just one of the five S’s, skill….and this more to do with running technique and I am consciously working on/thinking about that. So I would now say that I have successfully managed to incorporate the five S’s into my weekly training. How I will continue to do this as I increase my mileage, I am not sure. But I will try and that’s the main thing.

Next up my first road race since the summer, 10 miles and fingers crossed I will finally go under 1:03:00, something I think done in a half marathon but for whatever reason haven’t done it in a 10 miler. Annoying.

So unlike the cross country races, I will treat myself to an easy week, bringing the mileage right back down, putting the gym work on hold, step out of the three week Thursday cycle (hill reps, mile repeats, tempo) and hoping for the best come Sunday.

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Blackburn XC

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So on Saturday (29/10/16) I ran my second cross country race of the Red Rose League not being fully fit and still getting to grips with this sort of running, I took the advice of championship winning fell runner Rob Hope who recently told me that I rely on my watch too much, so I turned off the virtual pacer on my Garmin Forerunner and ran the course rather than the pace.

The result of this tactic change was, unlike in Leigh two weeks ago I didn’t finish the race dead on my legs struggling to hit a decent pace. Instead, I completed the final lap of the four lap race by passing a large number of runners as I picked up the pace. That didn’t stop me finishing well down that rankings, but I did finish what was a much tougher race, feeling a lot happy with my performance. So running the course, is certainly the way to go with off road running. I just need to work on picking up the pace on the easier / flatter sections. As you can tell iI am still finding this kind of running a huge learning curve and Ii have to admit it took me until the fourth lap to find what was, in my opinion, the best route around the course.

The course itself was very challenging, 5.46 miles in length (for me) with a 128 meter mill climb, i completed it in 37:52, which works out at 6:56 pace. [see here]

And the post picture….that’s GB athlete Jess Judd who turned up, out of the blue and won the women’s race. Well done her!!

So progress is made but there is still a lot of remove for improvement, next up Bolton in two weeks time.

In other training news, i have completed 8 gym sessions based on the gym program I had created for me, two full track sessions with Preston Harriers, a hill rep session and last week i did 52 miles for the week. SO things are moving along as i edge towards my new marathon training program in December.

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Running Origins : Cross Country

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Cross country running, a phrase that strikes fear in some and in others it brings back terrible childhood memories of mud, rain and cold weather. Like me, for most people, this sport is their first introduction to running. In my case, I have fond memories of being told I was the first junior year 3 pupil to ever make the cross country team at primary school and being part of numerous successful primary and high school cross country championships. But like a lot of people, once I left high school not only did I stop running cross country, but I stopped running altogether. A regret, but we move on. Well this week, after an absence of, what must be 20 years, I returned to where it all began.

Representing the Preston Harriers in the Red Rose Cross Country Championship , something that is part of my long-term plan to run yet another marathon PB next year. I think, I could be wrong it was Seb Coe who once said that medals are won in winter, and by that he (or whoever said it….) was referring to runners going off-road in the winter and building up some leg strength, key for running faster.

So that’s my thinking and today (15/10/2016), I ran in race one of the 2016 season, over in Leigh, a place near Wigan. It was a great course for someone like me, as it was fairly flat, all be it a winding twisty turning flat route. Also if like me, you had only completed five weeks of training after some time off, then you very much appreciated the flat nature of the course. I certainly wasnt ready to race 10k, although in true cross country style it turned out the race was 6.7 miles in length in the end, so my splits do show an obvious decline in pace. Had it been a 5k race, I might have got away with my lack of training, but over almost sevens, my lack of preparation hit home and I was very much hanging on it at the end, to finish the race in just over 44 minutes.

That said, I enjoyed the race, it’s very different to road running and you can find other runners either pulling away from you or being closed in on by you, just due to nature of the course. So it was very interesting and quite technical in places. I am already feeling it in my legs, so who knows how I will feel tomorrow. But it is my first race in quite a while and it’s nice to return to grass routes running after 20 years away (pun intended haha). Next up, is Blackburn in two weeks time, for what I am told will be a very hill race…….so more strength training I guess.  And that’s the going to be a great thing about these races, I want to do well. But my focus is still the roads, so I do not need to stress too much over my performance.

Cross Country is very much in, this winter.

Onwards and upwards…..

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A 12 month plan…..

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Following the advice of the book “The art of running faster” I have finally come up with a year long training plan….of sorts…its more of a guide but I think it will work. I will stick with using the book “Advanced Marathoning” for my marathon training plans, but will be guided by this second book for the rest of the year.

The book recommends set out your year over six phases as follows :

Phase Intensity Mileage Duration
Active rest Very low Low-medium 4 weeks
Basic conditioning Low-medium Medium-high 4-6 weeks
Endurance base Medium-high High-very high 8-10 weeks
Quality training High-very high Medium-high 6-8 weeks
Race preparation Medium-high Medium-high 4-6 weeks
Competition phase Medium-high Low-medium 10-14 weeks

I am thinking, as I am planning a spring marathon and as i usual take my holidays in September, that September will be my active rest period, which allowed me to build up into my marathon training programme. Which means now, i need to be in the basic conditioning phase. The book refers to this phase, as a period to spend time working on your weaknesses. Including increasing your gym work, core work and speed work.

So I will be working on trying to get stronger and faster. To achieve this, i have had my gym draw up a training programme for me and being a runner they have set me up a twice a week programme. One short session, which i can do in an evening and one longer session, that i will tackle at a weekend. Currently, i am thinking of doing the longer session on a Saturday, after all if anything will ensure i run my long slow run, at a sensible pace. Then running it with heavy legs will do just that.

I have also come up with a plan to improve my speed, on top of the weekly Harriers meetings, I plan to use Thursday, for a second speed work session, but with a difference. This session, will involve a tempo run, mile splits and hill repeats. So for example one week i will do a tempo run and the next i will do mile splits and then the third week will be hill repeats. With the latter two sessions, combining with either a lunch or morning run, depending on what i can fit in.

So that’s the plan, two speed sessions and two gym sessions a week……So by the second week of November I should be moving on to endurance base phase and ideally, i should be fast and stronger…..time will tell.

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The Art of Running Faster

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The Art of Running Faster book review

Written by Julian Goater and Don Melvin

Words that sum it up : Training smarter, the five S’s : Speed, suppleness, strength, stamina and skill. Psychology

 What’s it all about : I have long praised the book “Advanced Marathon” for changing the way i train for, plan and run marathons. It is a book, that for me, changed everything and made me the runner i am today. This book, i feel, having read it, will take me up another step. It will improve the training I do, outside of marathon preparation. It will give me, what i have lacked outside of my traditional focused 18 weeks of the week, it will give me structure, guidance and i suspect results. I think this book will, without doubt change my training habits and actually it already has.

Following the books advice i am stretching twice a day, in addition to any stretches i do before and after a workout. I am also planning on developing a year long plan, split up into six distinct phases as per the books advice. As the authors say, it’s not just about the milage, it’s about everything. Its early days but i just have a good feeling about this book and what i will gain by following it as closely as i followed “Advanced Marathoning”.

Now i realise, i am going on a bit about how great this book was for me, rather that listing what its about…..basically it is a guide on, how to adapt your training, to improve your pace as a runner and there is a lot in it, that i am not doing. So you can’t fail but learn something new and ultimately improve your training after reading this book.

For : Runners like me, who want to running faster paces, runners who want to improve their training methods and runners who are seeking that next PB.

Best bits : Without a doubt, the five S’s a simple system, easy to follow.  Also the bits were they use Lance Armstrong as a good example…….tut tut tut come on publisher, let’s get that guy out of this book.

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Helena Tipping 10k

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Sunday July 31st and having taken the advice of the coaches at Harriers, i found myself down in North Wales,the country of PBs……well I have done three races in Wales prior to this one and all of them have ended in PBs…..so PB country it is!

Arriving with 30 minutes to go, I was in unusually good time. But having driven an 1 hour 30 to get here, i needed plenty of time to warm up and stretch out ahead of the race, so it was an early start for me and i arrived with enough time to do those things, collect my number, make two bathroom trips and jog the 800 metres or so to the start.

This race promises to be flat and fast….with the course route [race route] having a maximum elevation of just 35 metres. However, whilst the race is relatively flat although it does feature a one mile section of gradual incline which will be a tough section to maintain a fast pace over.

I set myself the task of running 6:05, which would see me sneak a sub 38 minute PB, however having not run a 10K for two years i was confident I would obtain some sort of PB but I wasn’t sure what it would be. My training isn’t currently at the level it was prior to Boston but my mileage and gym trips are slowly increasing.

Mile one; as usual I had set off far too fast and despite slowing down a little i completed the first mile in 5:53 pace. The slight downhill nature of this part of the course and the wide open road helping the faster runners get away and those like me who were running two fast.

Mile two; was much better 6:00 pace, almost on target, helped by finding runners who were running at the pace I wanted to hit and sitting just behind them.

Then over the following three miles I got increasingly slower, the first two miles (miles 3 and 4) i wasn’t too concerned about as I had time in the bank from miles 1 & 2, completing them in 6:13 and 6:18.  Mile five, however, did go completely wrong, I don’t know if it was the effects of the gradual incline or the fact that I was unaccustomed to running the shorter distances but I fell back to what would be a half marathon pace for me. Completing this mile in 6:26 pace. I could still make my sub 38 target, but I would have to work hard for it!!

And work hard I did!! Picking up the pace over mile six I passed a runner of runners who earlier in the race had dropped me off as I tried to pace of them. I was on a section of the race, very familiar to me, a section from the Village Bakery Half Marathon. I knew what to expect, I knew how long there was to go and what it felt like to run this section hard on the back of 12 miles. A big advantage and I think I used it well, covering this mile in 6:09. Fast but not fast enough to get my target time.

Slightly disheartened, I congratulated runner who went past me over the last few hundred metres, but then as he got a metre or so ahead of me and I looked up and saw the finish. I thought you know what, I won’t get my target time, but I could get very close to it and so I picked up to a sprint, in fact, one of the best sprint finish I have ever had. Covering the final 0.2 of the race in 5:23 pace and the final 160 metres in 4:18 pace!! Not only did I easily pass that runner I had congratulated, but I also passed a female runner was heading towards the finish, way ahead of me. This slightly shocked me and I went to slow, but then I heard the commentator say “Come on, all the way to the finish”  he could have been talking to either of us, but I switched back to sprint mode and beat her to the finish and that is what is happening in the picture attached to this post. A picture, which no less appeared in Athletics Weekly and as blurry as I might be in it, its a great honour and pretty cool to have featured in the magazine.

Finishing chip time : 38:17, a new PB by 58 seconds! a great days work!! a fast course and really well organised race. If you can make, i recommend doing this 10k next year.

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Race results here

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One week, almost two races

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So last week (Mon 18th – Sun 24th) was a week where I almost ran two races in the space of five days…hot on the heels of narrowly missing out on my sub 1:03:00 10 mile target at Elswick.

Wesham Interclub 2016

First up was the Wesham Interclub on Monday, a 4.5 mile run held just outside of Preston [here]. It’s a route that features a couple of up and downs but nothing major and I was feeling good and ready to race.  As were plenty of my Preston Harrier team mates, as the team turned out in force to try to maintain our 100% record in the 2015 interclub series.

Setting off on the first mile, I had decided to set a fast pace then ease back to comfortable face for miles 2 and 3 before finishing strong for mile 4.  Well, that was the plan and the first mile flew by as I recorded my fastest ever time for a mile split of 5:48.  However, not long after the first mile marker, things went wrong and it wasn’t something that happened to just me, it was something which affected the first 110 or so runners…..

Now in some ways, I can see the funny side of it and in other ways, it’s a tad annoying. Someone had switched one of the race arrows and instead of making a right turn, we went straight on, onto a mud and cow dung covered hill climb through a farm. Now I can understand the runners following a tampered with a sign, but the lead marshal, cycling ahead of the race, should have known better. Whilst I was thinking to myself that this route seemed nothing like the map I had studied, I just thought that perhaps the route had changed.  It was only on turning a corner before I had reached mile four and seeing the finish just up ahead.  That I started to be sure that something was not  right.  But by this time my legs were feeling heavy, id just run Elswick and set a very fast first mile in this race, so I headed to the finish tried but still fighting with what energy I had left, crossing the line in 23:00. A great time, however, I then saw on my watch that I had run just 3.8 mile rather than the required 4.5 miles……..come again!!!!

After the race, seeing half the runners covered in mud and the other half clean, confirmed the rumours that were circulating that something had gone very wrong with the route and later that evening it was decided to declare the race dull and void.  Which is a real shame for the 294 runners that turned up and a big shame for the organisers as its unlikely that the race will be re-run.  It is fairly annoying on a personal level, to know that the hard effort I put in counts for nothing and my 22nd place finish is assigned to history. Hey ho…..onwards and upwards.

Lancs Fire 3 Person Relay

So Friday and race two, a 3 person relay run, of sorts……There are no batons exchanges or tagging of the next runners in this relay. Instead, the teams set off in three waves, one minute apart from one another.   So more of a staged start team race, than a relay.  I would be running in wave two, which I thought was a good wave for me, as I wasn’t the fastest in my team and wave three would probably require quite a bit of weaving. The distance, 2.68 miles, a strange one and the shortest race I have run since my school days.

Having run Elswick on the Saturday before, Wesham on the Monday, had a track session on the Wednesday and run 10 miles on the night before race day. It was safe to say I was in no shape to run my best time. However I was determined to do my team mates proud and as with the Wesham Interclub I flew through this first mile, breaking my mile split record for the second time in a week, completing mile one in 5:36 pace. I then intentionally slowed down for the second mile, having slightly shocked myself at covering a mile so quickly .  Although that said, I still completed that mile in 6:01 pace and then there were just 0.6 miles left.  Not only was the race coming to an end, but having done so few races of this distance, I wasn’t quite sure how to run what was left.  In the end, after 2.2 miles, I decided to pick up the pace to try and shave as much time as I could, off the teams total time. I found  soon found myself battling with another runner who went by be me two times in fairly quick succession.

Interestingly…..sort of….as mentioned earlier on in this blog, this race was being run around the perimeter of Blackpool Zoo and having undertaken work experience at the zoo during my college days. I recognised the building through some bushes and trees to my left, this told me we were really close to the finish. I took this as a sign to move into sprint mode and I flew towards, what I hoped would be a turn straight to the finish line, catching and passing another runner in the process. luckily my gamble paid off and the finish was indeed straight ahead.  I covered the final 300 metres or so of the race in 5:31 pace, giving me a finish time of 15:41.

It was a great time, although I do wondering if I had more experience of shorter races, would I have completed the race in a quicker than, braving working hard for the full distance. But that said our collective team time came in at 46:46 minutes earnt us a fourth place finish and a box of chocolate covered truffles each….yummy…..so all in all a good days work.

Summing up

In both races, I broke my mile split record, in both races I then slowed down all be it intentionally. At Wesham, i eventually ran out of steam, whereas at Blackpool I was able to finish in a sprint. Something that no doubt reflects the different terrains these races covered (pancake flat Vs undulating).

It is becoming more and more common for me to record sub six minute mile times, reminding me of my days of running seven minute mile times and dreaming of being able to consistently run races with an average time of sub 7 mins. This is good to see, as I am still not back to full training since Boston, after a series of annoying injuries. It shows fantastic progress as I approach the end of the first year of being a club runner.

My immediate target is to bring that 10 mile time down to 1:02:?? , small achievable targets are always best. I am not far off that now, just 15 seconds with another opportunity in a couple of weeks time. But if I can achieve that before my next round of marathon training begins (December), I will be very happy with myself. Although the coaches at Harriers have advised me to find a 10k, as it has been two years since I ran one and if I can set a new PB in one, then it will help me with my 10 mile target.

To do these things I think, I need to get back to running strict pace plans and I need to get back to doing all the extra training I was doing ahead of Boston.

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The Elswick 10 mile 2016

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Elswick Village Elswick Village the kind of lovely little place, you’d love to go and stick a fracking drill…..well if your the UK government that’s what you want to do.  To runners, it’s a place you go to try and set a fast 10 mile time, over a relatively flat and pleasant route.

I ran this race last year, where I set a 10 mile PB of 1:04:24, although I did face a few moments of heavy wind which took way some of the advantage of what is a fairly flat route.

So here I was again a year later, the weather conditions were overcast, but there was little wind…or so it seemed at this point…and it was still fairly warm.  I am guessing the runners took too long getting into position for this race, as we set off with half the field still walking from the side road, where the pre-race talk was delivered, to the road where the race started. Myself included, as I was in the middle of giving some advice to a fellow harrier.  Race organisers i dont know. a bit of warning and i am sure the runners would of quickly lined up.

Setting off, I knew I was going at a good pace as I was within touching distance of the lead runners. So I took the sensible decision of falling back in line with my race pace plan of 6:15 mins per mile.  A plan I never achieved, although most the miles I ran were around that time.

By mile five I was pretty much out on my own, except for a couple of Wesham runners down the road ahead of me, I couldn’t hear anyone behind me and they looked too far way to catch. This is the kind of situation I hate, there is no one to pace off, it is all down to you and if you are trying to run at an unfamiliar pace it can be hard going.

As per last year, the second half of this race featured a number of unprotected sections and you felt a strong enough breeze, to make you feel the need to put in an extra shift just to stay on pace. I myself found my face down at 6:40 a couple of times, during the windier sections. Although that is still very fast and it showed that I have become stronger than I was last year. When i dropped to over 7 minute per mile pace during these sections.   However, I was still out in no mans zone and despite following this great “How to run a 10 mile race” plan, I found very difficult to up the pace and maintain a faster pace with no one around me to pace off.

However by mile eight, i started to realise that the two chaps ahead of me were actually getting closer and by mile nine, i decided to would try and catch them.  As i pushed on, they split up with one of them moving on ahead of the other. This changed my focus to just one runner but also meant that they were in a battle and were now picking up the pace themselves.  I did my best to try and close down at least one of them  and despite reaching sub 6 minute pace at times, completing the final mile in 6:05 pace and covering the final 321 metres or so, in 5:35 pace, i narrowly missed out on catching them up.

It was a really good finish, but a shame to have spent so long out on my own and i also missed out on my 10 mile race target of going sub 1:03:00, finishing the race in 01:03:15. Close but not close enough.

Disappointed but in high spirits, is how I will sum my feelings up of this race. It’s a great PB of over a minute, just one year after setting the time. But i still think I have it in me to go under 01:03:00 for the 10 mile, so I have my eye on a couple of other 10 mile races this year. I have my new 10 mile race strategy and I have decied on a new pace plan and that plan is to set a 6:20 pace for the first six miles, as trying to 6:15 for 10 miles clearly didn’t work out for me, as my Garmin Connect splits show [here].

But I have a plan and an aim. Sub 1:03:00 for 10 miles is within reach and reach it I will!!

This race, also saw me try out my new running belt. The Fitletic Double Pouch, that I have bought, as I cannot find my other belt and rather than stress myself out looking for it. I thought it would be easier to get a new one. It fits better than my old one, although one pouch is smaller than the other for some reason. Something that might annoy me when it comes to my  next marathon. But is fine for all distances below that, as you won’t need that many gels. Also, it stayed in place and was very comfortable to wear, so it was a good purchase.

Race stats : Elswick 10 mile : Saturday July 16th 10:30 am start

Distance : 10 miles
Total runners : 113
My position : 10th
My time : 01:03:15

First male : 54:47 | First female : 01:04:34
Last male : 01:46:07 | Last female : 01:54:44
Would i run it again : Yes

Special thanks to @Mrsschoie for tracking down the offical race results for me. The power of twitter!
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Two hours : The quest to run the impossible marathon

 

Two hours the quest to run the impossible marathon

Two hours : The quest to run the impossible marathon : Book review

So I have read the above named book and my thought’s in a nutshell, are that it is a generally great book for running geeks like me. Who have an interest in running, the marathon and the history of the marathon. You will learn a little about running reading this book, but it is not a book for learning how to run a fast marathon. But it is a really interesting read and gives a good insight into the world of elite marathoning.

Summing it up :

Two hours : The quest to run the impossible marathon : By Ed Caesar

Words that sum it up : History, inspiration, fasinating

 What’s it all about :  This book examings elite marathon performance over time and asks the quetion, we all want to know the answer to. Can someone run a sub-2 hour marathon.

For :  Runners with a genuine interest in the marathon, its history and its future. 

Favorite moment : The inside details of how East African runners see the outside world and how they live their lives, the school motto “Strive for Zenith”, Mutai’s little phrases to motivate himself and as well as the touching note from his wife he had pinned up on his wall “My Darling, i promise to always be there for you in favourable and unfavourable situations, anywhere, anytime. Know that you hold a specail place in my heart”.  And i also liked finding out that Madison Square garden has a pivital place in marathon history, which made staying near it. When I went to New York after Boston, even more special to this running geek.  Oh and you get to find how how exactly the 26.2 mile distance came about……interesting reading.

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