Not much to report this week.
The weather has been ideal for running for most of the week – cool and spring-like and a couple of runs were done in just shorts and t-shirt.
It was a step-down week for mileage after the heavy one last week. I didn’t have any races, though I fancied running hard at parkrun on Saturday morning. We tried Brighouse parkrun for the first time, so we could meet up with one of Liz’s friends for coffee after.
Its a pleasant flat three-lapper, primarily on stony paths around a small park. Despite giving it some beans I didn’t have much speed in the legs and I was a bit disappointed with my time of 18:55. It didn’t help that I was unfamiliar with the course and it was one of those runs where I just happened to be almost completely alone for the majority of the run. It always helps if you someone to chase.
Today we headed back up to the reservoirs for our Sunday long run. I originally intended to run 22 miles, and I felt brilliant for the first two hours, banging out 16 miles at just over 7:30 pace. I then bonked spectacularly and limped the last three miles at around 9 minutes per mile. With my groin muscle feeling tight, I decided to sack it off.
It was great to be out and I enjoyed the first two hours as much as any run so far this year. I stopped briefly to snap the first snowdrops of the year:
Next Saturday, the National cross country championships are taking place at Harewood, just a few miles from my home. I’m a very mediocre cross-country runner, but I’ll give it a go. Hopefully it won’t be as muddy as last year’s Northerns…
LM -10 weeks
11 stone 1.6 lbs
46.6 miles, longest run 19 miles
Parkrun : Brighouse 18:55 (4th)
Aerobic efficiency on long run 999.2 beats per mile
RunBritain Ranking 2.6 (unchanged) (MV50 rank 204)