Mon – AM 6 miles (6:25m/m) PM 10 miles (6:12m/m)
Tue – AM 10 miles (5:52m/m) PM 6 miles (6:22m/m)
Wed – 26.21 miles (5:58m/m)
Thu – 35 miles over the Purbecks (6:57m/m)
Fri – AM 6 miles (6:42m/m) PM 6.21 miles on Hotel Treadmill (6:14m/m)
Sat – 6.21 miles on Hotel Treadmill (6:08m/m)
Sun – AM 15.6 miles incl Birmingham 1/2 (10th – 70:19) PM 10 miles (6:27m/m)
Total Mileage – 137.4 miles (6:20m/m)
A game of two halves this week…..very happy with the back to back long runs on Wednesday and Thursday but not so pleased with the half marathon yesterday – there may be a connection there
Wednesday’s flat marathon was around 9min faster than last week with a 2:36 for what felt like a similar effort so that was pleasing. Thursday’s Purbeck run was also considerably faster as well just dipping under 7m/m pace for the whole run. The legs were just as tired this week but the conditions were considerably better with no hurricane winds so that made quite a big difference.
With these midweek improvements I was hopeful of a good run out at Birmingham at the weekend but it appears the legs had other ideas!
I spent the whole weekend In Birmingham thanks to the hospitality of the Great Run team and did my last couple of runs before the race on the hotel treadmill. Resisted the temptation to start my acclimatisation training early and stuck with shorts and vest on the treadmill but the gym was hot enough anyway to get a good sweat on.
I had great fun doing some pre-race interviews for Channel 5 and then it was time to get down to business….. unfortunately though I forgot to pack my race legs and the ones that presented themselves to me after the first downhill mile were definitely the ones that remembered Thursday’s 35 miler!
It’s difficult to know how much of my below par time was down to the strong winds and hills and how much was just my fatigued legs….. I think a bit of both.
Anyway, I found myself at the front of the pack for the leading ladies and having accepted the fact it wasn’t going to be a fast day for me I had no issues with being a useful wind break for the ladies for the first 6 miles into the wind.
Watching the Channel 5 coverage back, I made such a good job of it that I even had the commentators thinking I was officially pacing them
Once we hit a slightly faster part of the race and turned back with a tailwind the two leading ladies knocked out a sub 5m/m and all I could manage was a 5:04 with my creaky legs so I lagged behind a bit. Fortunately some late hills and headwind put the advantage back in my court and I managed to avoid being “chicked” for the first time in a while……which was fortunate seeing as it was on live National TV
So 10th place and 70:19 was not what I was looking for and although the course and conditions played a part, I certainly didn’t feel as strong as I did at Peterborough. With current mileage and training it is to be expected to have days when the legs won’t play ball but I’m hoping that this coming week will be better as I will have an extra easy day ahead of the Great South Run, just got to get Wednesday’s 50 miler in the bag first!!