Overwhelming reaction, underwhelming race

Coming off the relief & satisfaction of going inside 30 minutes for 10K at Brighton last month it took a couple of weeks to get properly back into the swing of proper training! After a couple of weeks ticking over I was back into building the training back up with a view to ending May racing well at Birmingham & ultimately pushing on to be sharp to attack PB’s through June! Continue reading

29 in 2019

2018 Didn’t go to plan! It started badly, carrying a torn hamstring through from late 2017 & struggling to get into consistent quality training. As I began to get reasonably fit a combination of circumstances resulted in a stress fracture to my sacrum so no running from mid-April to late June (& no more manual labour at home)! Continue reading

March

A quick update after a pleasing month given what I’d gone through since October!

I was able to get to the Midlands 12 Stage with my hamstring sufficiently recovered to confidently race, albeit completely unfit! Regardless of fitness I was as usual really looking forward to the relays however with it snowing all day, gale force winds & a ‘real feel’ temperature of -6c my enthusiasm was gone by about 10am! Still after managing to tie my laces with frozen fingers it was good to get stuck in & clear the lungs out on what was basically a time trial on the 11th leg over 10 minutes behind third!

Several good sessions progressively quicker through the month & tempo runs similarly improving in terms of time & pace for heart rate/effort. These included a decent 3 mile time trial on the old faithful Wilne loop as I chased down Jo who was treated to her own ‘Breaking 2(0)’ pacers of Andy & the returning Rich Kay.

An easier week to start April before another marker this Saturday with a 5 mile time trial, & having shed a further 2kg+ the National 12 Stage shouldn’t be too embarrassing! With 6 weeks until Highgate Andy’s early optimism looks like it may have been well placed but I still won’t be pushing anything.

A long wait to feel good

A pretty unrelenting week trying to nurse my VMO back to 100% as it continued to niggle away! I was able to run most mornings & it generally fel fine but would stiffen up through the day meaning just cross training in the afternoon. I shifted my session from Thursday to Friday & although I felt rubbish (just generally slow/heavy legged) I was totally pain free & running properly. Continue reading

Back to reality (& back to winning ways)!

So although the last few days in St Moritz didn’t pan out quite as planned following a slight trauma to my vastus medialis (inner quad muscle) caused by coming to an abrupt halt due to a car have no intention of slowing down, it did mean I was forced to take some rest from the high quantity & quality training of the previous few weeks. Everything sorted itself out for me to put in some fast strides late in the week before attacking Wilne on the Sunday. Continue reading

Aiming High

After the unexpected high of last week (pun intended), the second full week in St Moritz was geared towards introducing more faster paced running & slightly less volume. Having acclimatised quickly in the first few days I was confident of putting in another good week of training & making the time away really count. Continue reading