Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Mo...you are cleared for lift off!

Mo Farah claims 5,000m win as Britain enjoy five winners on first day of European Team Championships

50.89 seconds final lap.....what more can you say!  Mo...you are approaching the bell....passengers please put your seat belts on..Mo you are cleared for lift off....whoosh!    Ive never seen anything quite like the acceleration in a 5000m...quite literally breathtaking!

Saturday at Gateshead was a fantastic day of athletics.   So much to see and so much drama.  As well as the predictability of the Mo win we saw the drama of Holly Bleasdale in the Pole Vault, the gutsy Jess Judd in the 800m, the cruising style victories of Perri Shakes-Drayton in the 400m and the majestic Elidh Child breaking the Scottish Record in the 400m hurdles.

It was also a reminder of how brutal sometimes our sport is.   You had to feel for poor Holly Bleasdale who pulled on the GB vest but didn't register any points after bringing the bar down three times on her opening height at 4.25m.   Fair play to the girl though she signed autographs and posed with kids for an age afterwards despite the horrible feeling of defeat and probably wanting to simply disappear from the stadium rather than smile for the camera.  I guess that's a part of the life of a top class athlete.

Even the sprint teams managed to keep hold of the baton...happy days! 

My own training is going well.   Last week was a shift in my focus towards the Chester Marathon.  A 20 miler a week last Sunday and a 16.5 miler last Sunday have both gone well.  Not too fast and my recovery has been good from both runs.  I'm mixing up a few long Sunday runs as baseline preparation for the marathon build up proper and trying to maintain leg speed to get a few decent 5kms under my belt in the next three weeks.  
Tomorrow nights Coast Road run should be a good tester.  The speed is definitely there and on paper I should be close to the 16:29 clocking at Middlesbrough.  Three decent weeks of 60 miles per week and three solid track sessions since that race should have at least maintained my level of fitness post Middlesbrough 5km.  You never know you are going to race off high mileage so it will be a case of seeing how it goes.     The speed sessions are going well and there seems to be a general move towards a bit of speed in the old legs.  
Don't forget to spread the word about the Redcar Half Marathon...entries are coming in nicely now so don't delay...we only have 1675 entries left!
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