I feel the need, the need for speed!

So with tho whole weeks gone since SDW100 this week was obviously a terrible/a perfect time to try and get some fast runs in.

If I’m going to try and break that marathon PB I need to get some speed back and get comfortably being on the ‘oh God why do I pay for this torture’ edge.

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – The East Midlands Grand Prix 10k.  This is normally a great evening.  A 10k starting and finishing around the corner from my house, and with a bar at the finish means you can pound yourself in the evening sun and then relax with a pint whilst cheering in team mates.  This year the weather was a constant soaking dribble and I’d had take out before going for a family birthday.  As I tucked into the Kofta kebab I knew I’d regret it later.

Started fast (too fast, faded in middle (as I ran past my house…) and then stuck it in for the final section despite kebab burps to finish 43:23.  10k done at average of 6:59 was OK but 40 seconds slower than last year.  I was hoping for a PB to set me up for the weekend HM.

Apparently this is summer…

Wednesday – Bow Brickhills – few hours after the dissappointing 10k I was up and feeling fresh, 9.2 miles at 7:30 pace, second quickest attempt this year.

Thursday – Rest day – I’m taking this HM seriously(ish) and tapering.

Friday – Rest day!

Saturday – Leisurely start then to the lake for a Half Marathon at the Engine Need for Speed event.  Started too fast by keeping up with two way better runners so managed a Strava mile PB.  Not ideal for first mile of a HM.

A slight fade in middle before I picked up again and on the final lap spied the second place runner in front.  Gradually I reeled him in and finished 2nd on 1:33:43, a massive 1 second PB!  First PB of the year and definitely feel with some more competition I could have done a bit more.  Please to average 7:01 pace.  Goal is to try and maintain that for a marathon eventually.  Some more training needed.

1 second PB! Perfect pacing or poor improvement!

Sunday – Should have been a short recovery run but a few mates were meeting in Stony Stratford so joined them for 11 miles at 8:04 pace which despite some hills felt relatively relaxed and chatty.

Total weekly miles – 40.21 miles

Now have 4 weeks until next marathon (no 98!), so will be pushing myself to get some pace and get a decent time on that one.

 

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