Posted on: 22 Jul 2014

Top work to all those getting out there and running distances big ( some very big ) and small this week, to those unable to run at the moment I hope that you've found some solace in the sunshine.

Another week ticked off for me , this time the mileage was lower but the effort greater!

tueday - Speed. 3 x 1600m with I min rests. 18.57. Ave 6.19 mile

friday - Tempo . 3.1miles @ 6.48 Ave pace. 21.04

sunday - Leeds 10k. 41.25. ave 6.37 mile

So as you can see I managed to product a gauntlet smashing run on Sunday. Alaistair had challenged me to break 42 minutes, I wasn't sure if I was running well enough to do it and it was extremely hot/humid so was chuffed with my result. I finished 159th out of seven thousand and 12th in my 45 - 50 age category, really didn't expect that either. In many ways it was harder work than running a marathon. I find a pace during a marathon that I can hold onto, my body sort of accepts it and copes with it until those last tough miles. However 10k means no relaxing if you are trying to run a PB, it's basically hard work from gun to tape. Each time I slowed I reminded myself that I needed to pick it up again quickly so the whole 41 minutes was a bit of a battle and to be honest not very enjoyable at all. Unfortunately I'm doing the York 10 k in two weeks!

It was good to meet up with Ali again before and after, she used to blog on here and will do again I'm sure but is very stretched with running her own business and running a lot! She's entered into the York marathon and we may well run together again when it comes round in October.

I have engineered another slightly easier week training wise as it's our annual family Olympics this coming weekend. I'll be dressed as a sailor and going for gold. 

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