Sunday, 17 October 2010

Tadley 10 Race Report

I thought I would give a local 10 mile road race a go today. I rarely enter road races but given that it was a local event I thought I could use this to see where I am in my training and how much work is needed for the London Marathon.

Tadley 10 is a fast course with very little hills to tackle. It is quite a beautiful run as it is takes various country roads in and around the local countryside in Hampshire. The weather was close to perfect - no wind and although it started off a little cold by the time we kicked off the sun was in the sky.

A good field turned out today with plenty of local teams entered - Reading, Tadley, Chineham, Winchester and of course my own team, Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC.

I think the best way to describe how my race went is by looking at my mile splits for the event:

Mile 1 - 5.08 (Min Mile)
Mile 2 - 5.02
Mile 3 - 5.20
Mile 4 - 5.29
Mile 5 - 5.39
Mile 6 - 5.34
Mile 7 - 5.48
Mile 8 - 5.27
Mile 9 - 5.49
Mile 10 - 5.49

Total: 10 Miles 55.34

Can you see the pattern? Although I am generally happy with the time, I am not at all happy with those splits. I could throw the usual complaints into the pot to explain the drop in form going through the race such as it being my first time on this course and I had ran a 93 mile training week last week, however I feel this these points had probably not made too much of a difference.

At this stage I think it is probably down to a) a lack of race experience; and b) a lack of interval / speed training in my weekly training schedule. Ideally, I need to be at a place by Spring next year to be able to maintain 5mm -5.10mm over a 26 mile stretch. I certainly have the base training and will start to focus on speed from December onwards.

Anyway, back to the race. I pushed out quite hard for the first couple of miles keeping up a steady pace of about 5mm. It was not long before I heard the footsteps of someone behind me and I knew they were going a lot quicker than mine! In fact, it turned out to be the event winner Matt King who went on to finish with a course record of just over 54 minutes. After about mile 6 he was at least a minute or so ahead of me. An amazing runner. What was funny a guy manning a cross road at about mile 9 said in a serious fashion 'the guy ahead is only about a minute away...' I am not entirely sure what he wanted me to try, but trying to knock out a 4 minute mile on the 10th was not really going to happen!

The race did not really pose too many problems from a technical perspective and I felt strong enough to ignore the first 2 water stations (at a bout mile 3 and 6) while taking some water (generally in the face, chest and everywhere other than my mouth) at about 8 and half miles in.

I finished feeling quite strong an ended up as second man about a minute or so after Matt (Sorry I don't have the exact times at this stage).

Reading Road runners won the team event.

Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC did well with John Biggs coming in as the second Basingstoke male and Katie as first Basingstoke lady.

All in all a really enjoyable race and definitely worth doing if you need to add some speed into your training or looking for a 10 mile PB. A Great atmosphere and brilliantly organised.

Course website is here.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Which month is it?

So I am back in the city of Delhi and had the awful experience of running on this kind of machine called a dreadmill or treadmill or something. Jesus! I was running on that thing for 45 mins non stop at what felt like at least a 6mm pace - yet at the end it told me I only knocked out about 9.5k. That said, I was in a very dodgy looking Delhi gym with machines that looked like they were made during the war - but there is something very wrong with those stats.

I have experienced this in U.K gyms as well and have received similar complaints from other runners who destroyed themselves on the dreadmill only to be told that they have completed a couple of km. What is it with those things?

I will be flying back to the U.K and can't wait to get back into my normal weekly training. India has certainly provided me with a good workout and although I have only managed between 55 to 60 miles during each week, those runs have been in temperatures of around 37 degrees. I have actually boiled my skin using my own sweat - I look like I have leprosy. It has been a new experience and I hope to be able to take something away from it. There are plenty of ultras that call out to me (Badwater and Jungle Marathon to name two) which are set in extremely hot or humid locations, so hopefully the past couple of weeks have given me a little taster of what to expect.

I am limited to my iPad at the moment so I will provide a final version of the running in India blog and add some additional material, photos and experiences once I am back in the U.K.

On a final note, thanks to Warwick for pointing out that I probably meant 'September' rather than 'October' in my running blog! It seems like I am in a different time zone and month!!!!!

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