Parkrun stampede! Normally 400people this week there was 700+! A lot of lane 8 running was involved
Weekly Cool Down - #4
Well that is another year in the books as I hit they quarter century. I was not sure how to accept this age either one of two ways:
‘Shit - I am closer to 50years old than I am when I was born’ or ‘yes - 25 its an exciting age and car rental prices go down’
But seriously, I am very excited about turning another year older. I know at 25 it is easy for me to say this and follow it up with the cliche - ‘age is just a number’ - However every day I am reminded of this, as I try and hold onto the heels of the guys that I train with, the likes of JP and The Leaf - who both keep just getting quicker and quicker across all distances. It is really inspiring and motivates me day in and day out. I just hope I can keep them on their toes from time to time as I try and take the lead down the canal.
I know my Dad won't mind me saying but he really came into his physical prime in his mid-40s and is a clear example that age is indeed just a number and no matter the level you are competing be obsessive and driven to get the best out of yourself, as long as you are enjoying yourself. He might not be at the front of the field but year after year he is ticking off pb after pb and in doing so I don’t know anyone that analyses his sessions as much as he does. Do you know your stride length for your last run? No - well he does!
This is a brief example that no matter the age or life stage you are at you can always get stronger, better, faster if you have that drive and enjoyment. This is the fantastic aspect of running is that it will always be you against you and no matter your age that will always be the case.
Sorry, the write-up this week is a bit reduced as it has been rather busy with work.
This past week was getting the body dialled into 10k shape. The core session being 10*k (off 75”). I had a good session at parkrun but I did believe I would have been faster than 15:45, however there was a lot of weaving round a 700+ field on a three loop course. I must thank Davy for plotting and also joining me on the bike for my 13miles run on Sunday. It was rather lumpy and windy start of the run so I did not focus on the pace for the first 8miles just off effort and then I cut the pace down to 5:35-5:40/m to close the final 5miles in 28minute.
Weekly Cool Down #1 07.01.20 A week in Chamonix really takes a lot out of the body trying to fit in the running on top of the skiing meant that I went into this past week with tired legs and a couple niggles specifically in my hamstring and right ankle. Robert, kindly squeezed me in on the Monday to help work out the niggles and flush out the legs ahead of Wednesday. Wrap Up Monday: AM: 8miles @ 7:07/m - massage session /PM: 60min cycle Tuesday: AM: 6miles @ 7:07/m / PM: 6miles @ 6:54/m - This was a different approach to telford so really took it easy on these runs but inluded some drills in the PM Wednesday: AM:1.4m WU - Serpentine NYT Race - 31:51 / PM: 5miles @ 7:15/m Thursday: AM: 12miles @ 6:52/m / Gym session - included kettlebell and plyometric drills Friday:AM: 8miles @ 6:52/m / PM: 6.3miles @ 6:00/m Saturday: AM: 10min Tempo (5:09/m) - 10* 60”hills - 5*250m (avg. 4:40/m-45”) - this was a tough session but a great one to put in the bank. 10.8miles @ 6:24/m / PM: 5miles @ 7:07/m Sun…
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10.06.20 Hanging onto Dad's wheel down to into Crail Weekly Cool Down - #22
I hope you are all well. Sorry for the delay, I ended up loosing a lot of content yesterday morning that did not save. Very frustrating!
Training took a positive step forward this week. It is nice having the goal to build back to full fitness when there is no rush to get back racing, as I am sure at this time with no races on the cards it’s hard to keep your motivation up if you are in the best shape possible and it’s even harder to maintain it at that level.I have enjoyed just keeping the training relaxed but I am defiantly missing racing and the social scene that goes with it, especially at this time of the year when those Sri Chimony Monday Night 5k start to kickoff.
As I have been steadily increasing my mileage over the last three weeks I have started using a new piece of tech called the Stryd Power Meter. From what I can make out this is the only device out there tha…
Weekly Cool Down 05.05.20
Another one of Dumbarnie Links - 10*150m (running the bend) Weekly Cool Down - #17
I hope you are keeping well and not too stir crazy. All is alright on this side of the screen, I throw myself at training last week and ticked off two sessions that I was happy with and then kept the running easy for the remainder of the week, even though my HR would say otherwise, I think the battery needs a swap out.
This week I tried a session that I have never done before and on paper it looked rather light and easy but I was blooming knackered after it. Having joined the athletics scene later in life via triathlon I feel I have missed out on the traditional route most athletes take when stepping into longer distance stuff. It is obvious that there is a focus on short faster sessions in youth athletics, and I never really had a shot at focusing on this, not that I ever really had a strong 100m or 200m time but I have missed out on working on that max spee…