Gonna do it

20 06 2011

Decided to give the 2011 Charmouth Challenge on July 2nd a go after all. Probably be my last, we’ll see.

Went out for the long run on Saturday, and as promised did the full Charmouth Challenge course. The good news was that I made it round in one piece, the bad news was that I recorded a time six and a half minutes slower than I did it in last July. That’s about thirty seconds per kilometer. No excuses, it was nice and cool, just had no energy. Didn’t even walk as much as last time. Maybe some of it’s mental too. Didn’t push it up the first hill thinking that I needed to conserve effort for later, but then never really got the benefit. I think the strategy on race day will be to just push all the way. Get the heart up to about 170bpm and keep it there. If it drops below 165 then I’m not trying hard enough!

Course was in reasonable shape. Some of the narrow bits on the way back down Stonebarrow could do with trimming back, plus the flat field at the far end between Filcombe Farm and Golden Cap could do with a strim. Although with 200 runners in front of me trampling through the scenary, neither should be a problem by the time I get there!

Will go out for a short run tomorrow (Tuesday) and again probably on Friday as I won’t have time on Saturday.

Need to find some local 10k races for August and September. Still thinking about the Weymouth 10 mile race in October.


Counting Down

14 06 2011

Only two and a half weeks before the 2011 Charmouth Challenge, and I’m still not sure whether or not to run.

Did two thirds of the course this morning, missing out the big climb up Golden Cap, but even without that still couldn’t make it up the last climb without walking large sections. I’ll keep running every three days if I can and see how I feel in the week leading up to the race. Just still seem to be down on energy (and not just because I was up past midnight last night playing poker!). I still think I’m fitter now than I was at this point last year, but don’t seem to have as much energy. This morning’s run has left me completely drained even hours later. Maybe it’s the looming prospect of the big five-oh in August?

Interestingly the last two shortish (5.5k) runs that I have done with just one big hill went really well with good times, but throw in another big hill and it’s all too much.

Had originally planned to do the full course two weeks prior to the race which means this coming weekend. Gulp. Have to think about that, might not be good either mentally or physically!


Egdon Easy 10k

3 06 2011

So how did it go Pete? Glad you asked.

The Egdon Easy 10k is a flattish course around the Lodmoor Nature Reserve. A few little twisty bits, a couple of small inclines, and a flat drag back along Preston Beach Road into a decent breeze. Oh and it’s in the evening.

We started and finished at Weymouth College, although the start was delayed by about ten minutes as there was a barrier across the track at about 300m that nobody had the keys for! Anyway, we all managed to squeeze past without being forced to slow down too much, the braver souls vaulted over!

Decided to aim for something around 50 to 52 minutes, so wanted to start with just over 5 minute kilometers and see how it went.

After the initial burst of energy and a 4:49 opening kilometer I settled down and did 5:05, 5:13, 5:10, but then slumped to 5:18 and 5:19. At this point I tried to pick it up a bit, and whilst the legs were willing, my heart wasn’t. Up to now my heart had been averaging about 171, which is higher than the 165 to 168 that I know I can sustain, but seemed ok. However, as soon as I tried to speed up a bit my heart moved up to over 175 at which point I started to feel just slightly faint. This was the body warning me to slow it a bit (duh), so I did. Frustrating when I knew I had the strength in my legs. So then it was 5:10, 5:15, 5:21 before a magnificant sprint finish saw me home with 4:56, although that was slightly less than a kilometre. Final time 51m 38s, so within target range but a little disappointing if truth be told.

Overall, an excellent race that I’ll do next year if I’m still running. Definitely a course for a PB with only a few slight inclines. Well run (apart from the delayed start), well martialled, results online by early the next morning. Got a nice breathable t-shirt that I might actually be able to run in.

Thank you Egdon Heath Harriers.

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