As a youngster, I would get home from School, get changed and go out to play with my pals.
Now I'm older, I get home from work, get changed and go out to play with my pals, but now I call it training.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The need for speed

Done some decent running over the last week or so but nothing particularly structured....until last night when I made a return to fast track running. Except it wasn't particularly fast.

Saturday I spent just an hour in the fells - nothing very taxing. Sunday I went to Gelt woods for two laps of our course. First was a pleasant jog round chatting to Sparky. Second lap entailed much more effort in the hope of my first time under a half hour for the lap. I managed this (29:48) but felt pretty rubbish most of the way round. It was poor weather too - really cold. Sparky has done a 29:19 previously so that means I need to do sub 29 really or the youngster will start to get delusions of grandeur, (would that phrase be so well used if Han Solo hadn't said it in The Empire Strikes Back?)

Monday was jogging - about 8 miles, then last night was the track

I had heard a rumour we were to do 4x1000m and I would have liked that session as it might have given an indication of my 10k pace (1000m inside 3 and  half mins  is the same pace as a 34:59 10k)
It wasnt 1ks though. It was 1200m, 1000m, 800m and finally 400m.

My times were
1200m-4:04 (approx 5:25 pace)
1000m - 3:20 (approx 5:24 pace)
800m - 2:40 (exacty 5:20 pace)
400m - 70 secs (exactly 4:40 pace)

Bearing in mind I was running full miles on the track in sub 5:20 earlier in the year, these results are not exactly setting the track on fire. Its absolutely to be expected though - I spent all of Feb, March and April training no faster than 5:30 pace and mostly at 6-6:30 pace.

10 miles due tonight, then the hilly Keswick Half Marathon on Sunday is set to be a showdown, with Plucky now saying he is gonna enter as well as me and Sparky already down for it.

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