Wednesday was a Striders evening, and we went to the seafront for interval sessions, a six minute session. We run hard to a set point on the seafront, one of the shelters or cafés, turn and return to our starting point, then recover until the six minutes has elapsed, then start again. After the first interval, a shower caught us. It was hard work, and one of our number pushed himself so hard he was sick over a wall. Be assured, gentle reader, that I did not.
Saturday was a more relaxed affair, the Bevendean Down #parkrun, in the company of Sweder. It felt cold to start with, but after the first lap I’d warmed up considerably. My companion is pursuing a heart-rate based training regime at the moment, so we conducted a conversation as we ran, even on the tough ascent. In spite of this, my time was not discreditable. I was, of course, saving myself for the Crowborough 10k, the last run of the week.
The Crowborough 10k is the last event in the Sussex Grand Prix, and a hard two-lap course. There’s a downhill, a ford, and then a muscle- and will-sapping ascent, up Palesgate Lane. And then we did it all over again. I found the second ascent hard and my knee complained. Now it’s stiff and swollen. I dare say a day or two’s rest will do the trick. There were plenty of Striders involved, with some very impressive times. Josh Rudd was the first Strider home, 12th overall, in The prizes were presented by Britain’s second fastest lady marathon runner, Mara Yamauchi. Alas, I did not have the honour to shake her hand on the podium. I didn’t run this event in 2015, was faster in 2014, but slower in 2012, so that’s not too disappointing.
Next week may be a little light. I’m doing the results at our Mince Pie Ten Mile on Sunday, so I can’t see a long run happening.
Total mileage this week: 15.08 miles
91 days till the Brighton Half.
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