Hi guys. This week I am flying off to India in preparation for the Bangalore 10km road race on Sunday, and with this weather here at the moment, it can't come soon enough. It is currently 36 degrees there and shows no sign of cooling down, so that might go some way to explain why the start time of the race is 6:30am. I am looking forward to both the race, and actually going to India, as it is another country I can cross off the list. I don't think it is a country I would chose to go and visit myself, but running gives me that opportunity.
Travelling all over the world to different races is great, but at the end of the day, I am there just to race. I never actually get to look round and explore. That is good for me, because I can still cross it off the list, although all everybody says to me is to be careful of the food! Maybe when I come back next week, summer will have found England. Training has been going okay the last week or so and my legs are starting to come round to the faster track stuff I have been doing. Like I mentioned last week, and will probably keep mentioning before I start my marathon work again, running on the track is all about making sure the legs are comfortable at whatever your race pace is.
The difficulty then is being able to maintain that pace for 10,000m, but hopefully that is where all my marathon work pays off. I talk about this a little bit in the following video.
This was from a training session last week done at St Mary's in Twickenham. Also doing the session were Stephen Scullion (Irish International) and Nathan White. Last weekend I was also invited to talk at a brand new event called; "Write This Run". It was organised by Liz Goodchild and Laura Fountain and took place at the Hampton Court Golf Club (very posh) and basically involved a whole day of talks and advice. The conference offered running bloggers a chance to come together and focus on their blogs, their running, and to think about how they could do things differently.
Hopefully everyone learnt from each other and didn't fall asleep listening to me talk about my running! I was the last of the speakers, so I think everyone was just about ready to leave by that point. The day ended with me going on a little run (5km) with some of the group around the amazing Home Park. For those of you who live in the Teddington/Kingston/Hampton area and don't know where Home Park is, shame on you. It's one of my favourite parks - because Bushy Park just gets boring sometimes. I think the day was very successful and everybody took something away from the meeting, and not just the goody bag. There are going to be other events organised, and all the information can be found here.
In other news this week I stupidly dropped my iPhone and smashed the screen. I can't say I am too happy about that, especially with the trip to India coming up. So if anyone wants to donate a new iPhone 5 screen to me that would be extremely helpful! It certainly gives my phone a bit of character, even if it does make reading what’s actually on the screen slightly more challenging. When I get back from India I will have one more week and then I will be running the BUPA London 10km on the Bank Holiday Monday, so let’s hope the weather is as good as the last bank holiday. I also believe there is a certain Olympic champion running, who is sure to bring the crowds out. I hope everyone's training is progressing nicely and good luck to those running the Edinburgh Marathon this weekend! Until next time.
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