This week’s running – 29th January to 11th February 2018

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Tom Bosworth can frequently race-walk faster than I can run!

Sorry for the delay again, folks. Two weeks rolled into one!

5k recovery

I continued to feel supercharged from the weekend’s speedier than usual running, though I was conscious to play it easy and safe at no more than a typical jog.

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

9 miles from work with fartlek

In spite of having climbed the steps several times from the canal near Fiveways to street level, it was still an incredibly jarring interruption that I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. At least the diversion will only be in place until sometime in March.

It was evident term had started again, for The Vale was bustling with students coming and going.

Returning to the canal towpath, the eerie quietness was noticeable from a lack of cyclists. Normally of an evening in the winter, I still spot perhaps 15 to 20 cyclists; there were perhaps just 5 cyclists, so the remainder had probably found other routes to temporarily bypass the canal entirely.

The fartlek bursts felt tremendous and took less of a toll on me compared to previous sessions. My heart rate settled back down far more quickly, so clearly the right adaptations had taken place!

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

5 mile run-commute

I kept the strides going in a bid to keep my glutes activated.

I almost exclusively don’t listen to music whilst I run apart from during these recovery paced run-commutes. If I’m lucky, there’s frequently a new episode of Marathon Talk waiting for me as I depart the city centre for home. If I’m unlucky, I normally then fall back on some episodes of movie or technology podcasts (GEEK!). If I’m really unlucky and have no new podcasts, I’ll cue up a new album I’ve been listening to. I did indeed run out of podcasts, so out came The Greatest Showman soundtrack! It’s such an infectious assortment of tunes that I’ve been humming them on a near-daily basis since watching the movie in late December, including during the last couple of races I’ve participated in…

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

9 miles from work

With the Stoneleigh Park Reindeer Run due several days later, I kept the effort largely easy whilst peppering the distance with a few strides to keep things ticking over nicely.

Gradually, I’m finding I can delay switching my headtorch on more and more until it’s truly needed – a good thing on this occasion as I’d forgotten to charge it and it was running perilously low on juice…

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

Cannon Hill parkrun

Almost every Saturday since the beginning of the year has been miserable, wet and cold and this particular one was no different. But at least the police were out in the park, which was a fat lot of use as I’m pretty sure all 600+ of us were perfectly safe that morning!

With a race scheduled the next day, I wanted to keep the effort incredibly easy whilst still racking up a further run to edge me ever closer to 250 runs. Simon, who had just returned from a whistle stop visit to Philadelphia in the States, was also in no mood to go fast, so we jogged around at an incredibly leisurely pace whilst catching up about his trip. I was green with envy, as I’ve always wanted to visit Philadelphia, the home of one of my fictional heroes: Rocky Balboa. Of course, Simon ran up the famed museum steps!

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

Stoneleigh Park Reindeer Run 20k 2017 (2018) review

For the full write-up, please click here.

King’s Lynn 5k

Work had me in the far-flung reaches of King’s Lynn on the East Coast, so naturally I packed some run attire with me. I really should have skipped this run due to how awful I felt, with what felt like the very early stages of a cold, but I didn’t want to back off as I needed one final faster paced run ahead of the Draycote Water 10k due a few days later.

Inevitably, I slept poorly in the hotel so I was up earlier than I would normally be for a regular workday. Laced up and ready to go, I was greeted by the chap on the reception that informed me that it had begun to lightly snow… Stepping outside, there was a definite sharp intake of breath as I immediately questioned what I was about to embark on. This was actually my second ever run in King’s Lynn, recalling that I’d completed a track session in the summer of 2014 at the local leisure centre. The conditions couldn’t have been more different!

The first thing that struck me was how flat King’s Lynn is. Hailing from Birmingham where I’m never more than a few hundred metres away from a hill of some description, it made for a refreshing change. I ran progressively and ended up completing laps of the local high street to get the distance beyond 5k. I chuckled to myself each time I passed the still in business Wimpy restaurant!

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

Achoo!

So, that cold that I suspected I’d been carrying flared up mid-week to leave me coughing, sneezing and generally feeling sorry for myself. Thankfully, the symptoms were quite mild and paled in comparison to the god awful cold that wiped my Telford 10k out in December 2016. Having been burnt once before, I took several full days off from running, which I’m sure my body was grateful for.

Cannon Hill parkrun

Within 48 hours, my cold had shifted as quickly as it landed; you’d never have known I was ill if you saw me on Saturday morning!

Keeping the trend of wet and miserable Saturdays going, I had a dilemma on my hands as I was that cold and really could have done with a faster paced run for the heat! Dave and I stayed resolute to the plan of an easy jog ahead of the Draycote Water 10k the next day, both commenting that it felt radically different to be in that part of the Cannon Hill parkrun field.

Tom Bosworth, race-walker extraordinaire, was the special guest that morning. Whereas neither Dave nor I saw Tom in action that morning, I did get a chance to have a brief chat with him. He has an eye wateringly fast array of race-walk PBs, some of which are faster than my own run PBs! My burning question for him? How fast could he run the 5k distance if he didn’t have to adhere to the race-walk rule of always requiring at least one foot to be on the ground? He shared his 5k run PB was in the low 16 minutes!

Here’s the Strava data for this run.

Draycote Water 10k February 2018 review

For the full write up, please click here.

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One thought on “This week’s running – 29th January to 11th February 2018

  1. I spotted you two taking it easy on Saturday and all became clear when I saw your Draycote race report. Wasn’t Tom lovely: i got to see him speed up my hill while marshalling and he made sure to wait until all the marshals were in, taking photos with us, etc., and having a chat. I’m looking forward to using our free tickets to the UK Indoor Champs which all volunteers on that day were given!

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