I know I haven’t written a blog in a long long time so I thought I’d bring people up to speed with what’s been going on in my life over the last few months.
My last blog was from back in April and I was yet to race, I can confirm all went well, I got round the 10,000 on the track and things have progressed nicely since.
Briefly, the summer went average really. I couldn’t have expected too much considering I’d missed the majority of the winter bulk and only got going with training in March.
I finished my track season very early, in mid July after the UK Champs 5000m. I knew I wasn’t able to get into good 5000 shape so I concentrated on working on running a fast 3000 just to give my summer some purpose and set some goals. I opened up with a solo 8:18, backed with up with an 8:15 a few weeks later. Things began to click in training and my sessions really picked up and was hopeful of a really fast one within the coming weeks. I planned the UK Champs 5000, hoping for a tactical race, followed by a BMC 3000 the week after.
In training 2 weeks before the Trials I managed to tear my calf resulting in a week of offloading and sessions in the pool. It wasn’t a bad tear but enough to upset training for 8 days. I made the Trials and it ended up being a flat out race for me and I paid the price in the last mile where my lack of training showed. I still managed 14:13 and 5th. Not a disaster, but not where I would have liked to have finished before the race. That’s now 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the UK Champs 5000 in my last 4 attempts.
I had to call off doing the BMC 3000 as I aggravated my calf wearing spikes in the UK Champs and that pretty much ended my summer campaign, now with the focus switched towards the Great North Run in September.
I knew with the timeframe I could get myself into good shape for the Great North Run so up went the mileage and in came the long tempos.
It’s been a frustrating few weeks as I’m very much a racer and competing brings me on. I haven’t raced since the UK Champs and the Great North is next week. I don’t think this has hampered me but it would have been nice for a confidence boost with a fast 10k under my belt.
I did do a training race a few weeks ago when I was in London but I don’t really count that one as it was more of a Sunday run for me although I got a little carried away at the end when I could see the leader! It was just a bit of fun supporting my mates’ event- The Bushy Park RunThrough Half Marathon.
This weekend I don’t know what to expect with it being my first half marathon. I’m really looking forward to being part of such a fantastic event. I jogged round a couple years ago in 72:30 and absolutely loved it. Last year I worked at the event when I was injured so this time round it’s exciting to toe the line with the likes of Farah, Bekele and Gebreselassie.
I’ll just make sure I race sensible, put myself in the mix with a good group and hopefully get a great time out of it.
After the Great North I’m still undecided on what I’ll do. I’ll be doing a few more road races for sure, aiming to join the 28 minute club over 10k and then there’s ‘cross country’… The two words I’ve cursed for the last 18 months and swore I’d never do again.
I have no idea if I’ll do another cross race again after injuring myself. My physio tried to convince me otherwise this week and I’m yet to get my coach’s opinion on it, so who knows!
If I turn up to the Euro Cross Trials in November; one thing’s for sure, I’ve either been bet a significant amount of money or I’ve been forced as a forfeit for loosing a bet!