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Posted on: 24 Jun 2014

Firstly, a big thanks to all who commented on Hamish's guest blog. He's read all of the great comments and although he hasn't replied I know that he was really encouraged and surprised at home many people had read and responded. We are off to Edinburgh on Friday for the British Championships, he's said that he will blog about how he gets on. He also had an impressive athletics achievement at an inter schools athlets meeting last week. He won the 1500 metres on the track at Huntington Stadium in 5.29, I really don't think I can get close to that ( but I'm going to give it a go ! ). He is now in another 1500m final which I think is this Thursday.

My own running included a bit of everything last week. 8 x 400m on Tuesday ( each 400m at 5.45 pace ).  3miles off road with the dog on my birthday last wednesday with cold beer at the end ( nicest run of the week! ). 5mile tempo run on Thursday at 6.53 pace. Park run on saturday morning, pushed for sub 20 and got it ! 19.45.

I was booked in for the Lancs 10k with Ali on Sunday morning but when I realised it was 1hr 45 to get there I decided to give it a miss, we have both the Leeds and York 10k's coming up so will get a chance to race 10k for the first time soon.As well as letting Ali down I also knew that HD was doing his Hackney Half on Sunday so said that I would do a solo one too. I Had to take Hamish over to Leeds for climbing training in the morning and we weren't back until 2. I had a quick sandwich and started out at 3. It was hot and humid and I was soon sweating like Vegas Elvis on a squash court. I wanted to put in an decent effort as I was missing the 10k racebut was finding it hard, kept trying to keep the mile splits below 8 mins but wasnt easy around mile 8 and 9 and I had drunk all the water. Got to 10 miles and then trated it like a fast 5k for the last bit, finished pretty juiced but very satisfied with 1.42.40 given the conditions.

This week will be slightly disrupted once again due to the Edinburgh trip on Friday, we arent back until Sunday so will try and pack in my three runs before we head North. I recently read a report about the benefit of coffee for runners and also in Austria someone told me  about the isotonic properties of real ale, on some Austrian beer bottles they even advertise this ! I will integrate both coffee and real ale into my next 16 weeks of training, in moderation of course.

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