Having enjoyed a good run at Maltby I went straight into a quality week that went like this....
Monday- an early morning easy run to loosen off the legs (3 miles) followed by a 5 mile run after work averaging about 6-20 pace
Tuesday - an easy 3 miles early followed by a 5km on the treadmill (16.56). I dont use the treadmill too often but have one golden rule....I am only allowed to use the Increase speed button!
Wednesday - a lunchtime run where I increased pace over the last three miles to well under 6 minute miling followed by an easy run in the evening covering about three miles in well over 7.30 miling.
Thursday - an easy 3 miler early morning followed by a track session pm. Aim of the session was a 1k @ 5k pace, 2k @ 10k pace, 3K @ Half Marathon pace, 2k @ 10k pace followed by a 1k @ 5k pace. I was happy with the times as I hit the last four target times after a shaky start!
Friday - a Day off with absolutely no running just an easy day
Saturday - an 11 miler at steady pace (averaged about 6-33 pace)
Sunday - an early long tempo covering 10 miles in just over 58 mins.
Total for the week was 55 miles.
Sunday saw the latest NYSD Cross Country which I opted to watch from the sidelines. Its not something that I particularly enjoy doing as I would much rather be running but family (and football!) commitments meant that this year I would be watching the Summerhill Cross Country rather than enjoying all those climbs, water jumps and general cross country fun! It was good to see some cross country stalwarts rolling back the years including the evergreen John Hunter finishing in the Top 10, Ian Cook (slightly further down the field than we used to see him) and Dave Parkin of Loftus and Whitby who I enjoyed many a good personal battle with on the country!
The race was won by Marc Scott of Richmond and Zetland who enjoyed over a minute lead over Paul Bentley who definitely sported the top Movember Moustache of the day! Gary Grounds was the first Vet 40 on the day finishing in a creditable 5th place overall. Good runs by two members of my ever expanding training group saw Phil Musgrave finish 22nd and Eddie Meehan finish 109th and Fourth Vet 60. Well done to both of them.
To add to the excitement and the question on everyone's lips was.... What happened to Adam Blowers Spikes! Impressive barefoot running to get a Top 10 place! Not sure when he lost his spikes although the rumour is that his coach confiscated his spikes to stop him from running! You cant keep a good man down!
Its always interesting to see people's reactions to runners spectating and most people assume you are injured......
Not running?....you injured? Err...no never felt better!
Lame or Lazy? Erm.....neither actually?
The idea of entering the Marathon of the North on May 6th 2012 is becoming more appealing.....It was always my intention to run a Marathon when I was 40 and that will be a week before my 41st birthday so the timing is right....If running friends Pollard and Frodsham are correct I will only have another four good years as apparently all runners go downhill after 45! I have heard that the infamous Rob Sloan (Ex Sunderland harrier and the new face of Arriva Buses) has entered already! If that is true then I wonder what stunt he will pull this year... I heard he was checking out the possibility of parachuting into the Stadium of Light!
Finally How about this for the "race report of the year" - Well done Jon Skidmore for writing this piece of prose that could easily feature in both Athletics Weekly and Farmers Weekly....
Maltby 7 Report by Jonathan Skidmore
Parked car, did warm up, stood on start line, and shuffled back a bit.
First mile ok, 2nd mile ok, felt good, decided to risk increasing pace, flock of fieldfare in Lowcock’s field, must be eating slugs on his rape, still felt good (sadly pace isn't what it used to be), noticed field of wheat near Seamer with majority at 3rd tiller stage, left at Seamer, still felt good, ran past Peter and hounds at Cold Pool, didn't appear to tut or shake his head, can't have seen me. Through Thornton, Case MX125 pulled out of farm, nice tractor, down and up hill and through Maltby to finish in 46.09. Very pleased.
Great Report Jon!
For those wanting further info on the Fieldfare (aka The Turdus Pilaris) here is a link and a nice picture....
For those who like a good motor instead of a bird then here is a picture of the Case MX125...nice bit of kit by all accounts!