....... to tell you about was the 5K fun run that my buddy Sarah and I organized for St Thoma's Church a couple of weeks ago. We've been talking about it for a couple of years, but always stopped short of settng a date, so this year we bit the bullet and decided on April 14th. I planned a 5K route around Elthorne Park in Hanwell. It was a 2 lap course and this meant that people could enter for the 2.5K run too. We advertised it locally and persuaded a few of the ladies from running club to sign up. We ordered medals and race numbers and then crossed our fingers that we'd have more than half a dozen entries! One of the most difficult things was finding marshalls. We needed 17, but with a lot of arm-twisting, we finally got our quota and borrowed high-viz jackets from Ealng and Southall Athletics club for them to wear.
And the result - well the day was warm and sunny. In the end we has 78 runners and walkers of all ages (from 6 to 75). It was a fantasitc day, everyone loved it and they all want to know the date of next years run!
So back to the play I was telling you about last week - Enron. I didn't really know what to expect, but I have to say it was excellent. Accomplished acting from all the cast and well produced.
And the running - well last weeks training finished with 8 X 3 mins at 10K pace with 90 seconds jogging recovery in between. Suprisingly hard! Yesterday, I started the week with 2 X 15 minutes at threshold pace. I was in the Ealing Common area, so its reasonably flat, but a lot of people to dodge. 8:33 and 8:25 were the paces for the thresholds. At running club, Charles got us to do the Cooper Test - run as far as possible in 12 minutes. This gives you a measure of VO2max. When we did this sort of session with Dom, it was based on the army fitness test and was how fast you could run 1.5 miles, so based on that, I was aiming for 6 laps of the track. I set off and quickly got into my threshold pace. I worked hard, but managed to keep each lap to 2 minutes. When the 12 minutes was up, I'd run a fraction more than 6 laps, so well pleased with that. According to the internet - my VO2max is 'superior'!!
After that, we ran 4 X 100 metre sprints and 4 X 80 metres with a minute to recover after each. So a good, varied session, but I think I'll take a rest today!
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