Two new races entered

I'm still going through a bit of a rough patch as far as training goes, and despite my best intentions, last week I only managed around 15 miles. In an effort to try to inspire myself some more though, I have entered two more races - a 10K in two week's time and a half marathon in 4 weeks. I'm hoping I can just beat 40 minutes in the 10K, but the half marathon is slightly hilly, so I'm really doing it for the experience.

I finally managed to hook up with the running club on Wednesday night last week, and we did a good 8 miles at around 8min/mile pace. However, this did include a number stops to pick up the slower runners, so the running pace for me was actually faster. Apparently, this was the mid-paced group, and there's also a fast group that run at 6min/mile pace. However, they don't often go out because of the small numbers of members who can run at that pace. Much as I'd like to run with them, that's faster than my 10k pace, so for me it would be painful. I might give it a try one day, though, if they think it is worth me joining them.

The club runners seem to be a very friendly bunch and on that basis, I'm happy to spend £12 to join up, which also saves me money on race entry fees. However, the guy who organises the Wednesday runs told me to hold off joining for now and run a few more times with them first - as other than the race entry fees, there's not much benefit to joining at this time of year (probably nearer the end is better).

One thing I have kept up over the past few weeks is my speedwork at the gym. I'm still finding my heart-rate higher than back in May, but it will come down if I keep at it. I've also done an hour on the elliptical trainer each week since the Bristol race, and this is definitely improving my strength.

So, just two weeks to try to recover some of the speed I had earlier in the year. Frankly, I think I'll be nearer 41min than 40min, but I'll certainly give it my best on the day. I'm thinking too that I won't run with the speed sensor on the heart-rate monitor, and instead try to manage my pace based on feel and the time for each km. I'm hoping that instead of concentrating on the minute-by-minute pace and then worrying about what my finish time will be like, I can focus more on racing at a steady pace.

Comments:

Good luck./

I find it harder to motivate myself to ride during the winter and find riding with a group a good motivator, but riding with a club's "fast" group soon puts any ideas I have of racing out of my mind.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on October 31, 2005 at 05:21 AM GMT #

Thanks Chris!

I have no chance whatsoever of coming in the top handful of entrants, so I treat the events essentially as time-trials. It's just me against the clock. This is what keeps me motivated.

Posted by Trevor Watson on October 31, 2005 at 05:51 AM GMT #

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