Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Horsforth 10k - Good start to new campaign

This Sundays 10k was at Horsforth. Conditions were ideal for running and an early start(10am) was beneficial to running. My first major race as a Vet 45 made me slightly nervous at the start.

The first 2 miles(approx) were uphill and then a slight downhill on the A65 towards the Leeds Outer Ring Road and then more downhill tawards Calverley. The last 2 miles were on the canal tow path and I really enjoyed this section. I was in forth place at one point having overtaken Duncan Clark(Abbey Runners), who is also V45. I was then passed by a young Bingley runner and at this point was in no position to give chase, saving all reserves in case Duncan was holding back for a sprint finish. I finished in fifth place in 35-54.

After the race my knee was a bit sore so I will be taking it steady for the next week or two. Probably doing some gym work and low impact stuff.

Next race will be the Guy Fawkes 10 mile in early November - if sore knee permits .

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

V45 - And The New Campaign

The day has finally arrived and I am now a V45. I will be making an assault on the V45 rankings and trying to get into the top twenty this year, with also a cautionary approach to training/racing and allowing for some recovery days.

I have done some nice and steady running this week(on returning from hols) and quite surprised that I felt quite good. I stuck to my plan of just doing a few runs on holiday with a few sessions of swimming and a lot of walking. Planning to do a steady long run this weekend. I have been offered a number for the Yorkshire Off Road Half Marathon, from my sister(Nicola), who is sidelined with a calf injury. Think I might give this one a miss though.

Next race 5k track race at Spen(20th Sept). Also Horsforth 10k, 27th Sept)