Next up for me in the Blaydon. This race is pretty famous in my parts and always gets a huge turn out with plenty of enthusiastic geordies going nuts along the course. It’s a 5.8mile road race from the centre of Newcastle following the River Tyne to Blaydon. I’m looking forward to this one as it’s a race I’ve never quite got right in the past with it being mid track season but with the miles I’ve been doing I should cope a little better this time round.
These last couple of days it’s been pretty inspiring to see what Mo Farah has done over in America this weekend, he shatter the British 10,000m record of 27:18, taking it down to 26:46! I can’t see that record being taken away from Mo in my lifetime as that time is phenomenal, only he may better it.
Training this last week or so has gone great for me. I got a good session in last Tuesday, pretty high volume and I was on my knees by the end which is always good, followed by a Friday evening session with Joe Mac where we did an intense session of 1000, 400 x3. That one I couldn’t see after the last 400m because of the lactic swimming round my body! I was chuffed to put out 2:36′s and 58′s which all points to good 3000 in there somewhere- I just have to get it right in the right race now!
I trained on the Friday as Hickey was getting married and Lucy and I were invited to go down for the wedding. We had a good weekend in Southend seeing them tie the knot and also at the evening reception. The evening reception was great, I didn’t like the fact it was a free bar since I was driving! It was a great weekend though, we met up with Lewis and his girlfriend Gemma on the Sunday along with Beattie and we went down the sea front to watch the airshow and play some mini golf. The best result possible happened, Lewis and I drew. No arguments that way! We’re far too competitive!
This week i’ve only done 2 sessions again but both were pretty high volume and intense. Tuesday was 5x5mins on the grass with Joe Mac once again. He pushed me non stop and certainly made me work and we were getting through the mile around 4:40. After rep 2 I was blowing so I was happy to hold it together throughout. I thought 4:40s would be a doddle but on the grass with inclines and tight turns it was anything but a doddle!
Yesterday I was on my own on the track, John had me doing 2k, 2x1k, 5×400, 5×200 with diminishing recoveries. I was happy to hit all his target times on my own. Beforehand I wished I was doing the 1500m session of 4 laps, 2 laps, 1 lap but once I seen how the lads were at the end I was kind of happy I stuck with the 5k session!
This week I’ve done some heavy miles so i’m quite tired, hopefully my legs will liven up for the Blaydon on Thursday and then I’ll be down Watford on the Saturday evening with some pacing duties which contributes to my training trip fund.
The famous Blaydon Races song!