Most of them managed to improve their speed and were really pleased once they'd seen that they had a new PB, and that will continue now for the next two weeks, as that will be the end of this course for this particular group of runners. But I think that most of them will go on to join the 5210k group afterwards, and I know that some of them have already entered 10k races.
Sunday saw me traveling to Quedgeley in Gloucestershire with Liz, Vanessa and Yangi, all from Caerleon RC to take part in the Gloucester 20 mile road race.
The day began quite chilly and a little overcast, but that was to change and we would end up finishing the race in glorious sunshine.
My race began fine, and I'd started with a plan and hoped that I could keep to it as I wanted to try and improve my time of 03:28 from the Fission 20/20 a couple of weeks ago.
I set my Polar M430 watch for a 20 mile distance to give me an estimated finishing time, which is a great way of keeping a track of my time during the run, but I was really following my heart rate and trying to keep it at about 145bpm, which equates to a pace of about 09:40 per mile, or at least until I hit the 15 mile mark anyway when I found that my pace was getting slower but my heart rate was climbing to a little over 150bpm.
The race is a 6.6 mile loop and there are 3 laps of mostly flat roads but with a couple of small hills. I got lapped during my second lap by the lead runners, (no surprise there), and I believe the winner came in to finish in a time of about 01:54. I bet he had 3 Weetabix for breakfast 😉
The first 2 laps for me were fine but my pace did slow on the third lap, and the hills were about 2/3rd away around the course, but I didn't have the strength in my legs then to run up them, so a brisk walk it had to be, until I reached the brow of the hill anyway.
With about 1.5 miles to go, my watch was estimating a finish time of 03:22 and so I dug deep and tried to increase my pace a little, and just a few minutes later I finally crossed the finish line, and my legs were totally shot.
So I'm thinking that my final 6 miles in Manchester are going to be the toughest 6 miles I will ever run and that all I can do is to try to keep my legs turning over as best that I can and try to think beyond the pain and look forward to a hearty meal and a couple of beers in the evening with my friends.
So that is my training phase now complete and I have now entered the tapering phase, and time to begin resting my weary legs.
By Tuesday my legs were still feeling a bit achy, and I decided that I wouldn't do the club run that evening so, I went along for a very slow and easy 2 miles with the C25K group and was pleasantly surprised how good my legs actually felt, but I think I really needed to rest my legs anyway, I am in the tapering phase of training and I should be resting and storing energy in the bank.
Wednesday evening I went along to the Farmers Arms in Goldcliff, which is where Run Wales were holding a seminar about the ABP Newport Marathon, which is only about one month away now. This was headed up by double Olympian, Steve Brace with other guest speakers, who were all there to tell us what to expect and how to prepare in these final few weeks, but first we headed off along the flat lands to run either 4 or 6 miles, and of course I chose 6 miles.
|Pre run briefing|
|Steve Brace addressing the runners|
Only 10 days to go to the big M 😲