This is (initially at least), the story of my preparations for the Flora London Marathon in April 06. I ran i last year, raising money for charity - and may have to do so again this year - but my goal this year is to run below 3hrs 15 minutes, which will get me automatic entry for the next two years - here's hoping!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Not sure how this got missed?

This should be before the Dewsbury post, and it was here yesterday!

Back again!
Blimey - seems like ages since I posted anything. After Brass Monkey (still chuffed with that - and also that I won 'most improved runner' at our club's 2005 awards evening), I ran with the club on the Tuesday night (24th Jan). Steady recovery run of just over 6 miles.Then went off skiing for 5 days to Chamonix - not the best conditions, being windy and unbelievably warm. Anyway, having come home late Sunday night, i should really have run Monday, but put it off as I needed to see the kids, then was away Tuesday night. Wanted to see the kids again Wednesday (see a pattern?) then was late home Thursday.Karen made me run last night, so I ran what felt like quite a hard 4 miles in just over 29mins, then I went out again just to make sure I felt ok. Did 6 miles with BAR very slowly, but in fact it was just over 8min mile pace. Got a 10k tomorrow, so not sure how I'll do there - but we're going o warm up and warm down to make sure we get a decent mileage in.Then it's back to building the miles...Garmin stats: Club run: 6.39miles in 55:53mins, average pace 8:44, average HR 125bpm (55% WHR!!). Last night: 4 miles in 29:13, average pace 7:18min miles, average HR 148bpm (71% WHR). Today: 6.03m in 48:34, average pace 8.03min miles, average HR 142bpm (67% WHR).

Dewsbury 10k

Didn't have great hopes for this after 4 miles at 7:20min miles felt dead hard on Friday, but pleased to report a respectable run.

Early start so a slightly frantic warm up of a mile and a quarter, then a crowded start in the centre of Dewsbury. The whole place looks to be surrounded by hills, so it was a surprise to find ourselves running along a fast, flat course. The starter was Nell McAndrew, and her mum was running, as was Tracy Morris, the Athens olympic marathon runner.

There's a gentle incline from about a mile and a half to the turn, then the routs comes back down the hill again, so from feeling like it's all rather hard work I put in a couple of 6:10ish miles to finish in 39:25 on the chip, which was weirdly a few seconds quicker than my watch.

Last short race until London - in fact the only race this month.

Ran a 2 mile warm down, so ended the week having run 20 miles or so, much better than I thought on Thursday...

Garmin numbers (race only): 6.16miles in 39:31. Average pace 6:24min miles, aveage HR 166bpm (83%WHR).

A couple of gratuitous Chamonix pictures...

Me skiing at La Flegere on the day it was sunny...



and Mike, me and Paul after skiing down from Grands Montets in the snow.