Race Report: Splash Point 5k – 18:11

failing to put my arms in the air

Mile 1:
The starter got us underway with an underwhelming “3,2,1…go” and I flew off along the seafront in a desperate bid not to be trampled by all the quicker runners behind me. But where were they all? I had 2 guys in front of me, and my trackmate (wingman) Andy on my right shoulder, matching me stride for stride.
I became aware of another guys footsteps with us, his cadence was quicker and it was putting me off, I zoned out and focussed on my footsteps and breathing.
Split Time: 5:35 (a 1mile PB – Ha! Try holding on to that, muppet)

No 384 – centre screen, almost false starting.

Mile 2:
Still feeling very comfortable, the 2 guys in front weren’t going anwhere, Andy and Quickfeet were still on my shoulder. I was still wondering where everyone was. Approaching the turnaround point I nearly got taken out by a radio-controlled car, it stopped me from eyeballing the 2 guys ahead as they came back the other way which was a shame. I came to a standstill as I hit the turnaround and launched into the headwind. I was surprised to see that my group had 30m or so on the next runner. I still didn’t know who Quickfeet was but he was hiding right behind me, and I could hear that Andy was starting to struggle. My pace was starting to drop in the wind and I hit Mile 2 in 5:50.

Mile 3.1:
The reassuring presence of my wingman suddenly disappeared as the wind took its toll. And suddenly, Quickfeet came by me, I slotted in straight behind him and took some shelter. He was really strong into the wind and I lasted about a minute before he dropped me. (In hindsight, I should have stayed with him as he never got further than 30m ahead, once he’d made the gap it was too hard to reel it in). And that was pretty much it, a hard slog into a 16mph headwind with no-one for company.
Split: 6:17 + 0:28s


The Verdict

A MASSIVE NEW PB: 18:11 – thats an 82s improvement and 4th place Overall. I’m over the moon but also cursing that wind.

1st place for the both the Mens and Womens Team race too. Result.

bringing it home in a solitary 4th place

2 new PB’s (in training)

Ok, so they don’t really count as they weren’t recorded in a race but I’m still chuffed to bits that I’ve hit 2 new PB’s this week. I’m not sure this is meant to happen at this stage in marathon training but I was hoping to hit a few milestones along the way.

A few days ago, I went out for a steady 7 miler and set off at what felt like a Steady pace. I looked at my watch as it beeped off the first mile at around 6 and a half minutes and thought “I’m going to play this one by feel.” As the miles ticked by I was still feeling comfortable at the same pace, I should have made a note of everything I’d eaten that day as something was fuelling this right! I decided I’d have a go at a quick 10k time and just relax off for the final mile and so there it is, my new 10k (training) PB of 41:33. Getting closer to the target time I’d like to hit of sub-40 before this training is over.

Well that was Tuesday, I hit the track on Wednesday for 8×800 off 4mins, tough session with a gale blowing on the back straight and then trotted out an easy (anything but) 5 miles on Thursday to try and loosen up the muscles – note to self, do not do easy runs into a headwind along the seafront, they’re not easy.

Today (Friday) the schedule called for 1M jog, 3miles Fast, 1M jog. I thought I’d take the opportunity to see if I could hit a new 5k PB. It wasn’t quite as quick as I’d hoped I might be able to manage but my legs weren’t as fresh as they could’ve been. So my new (training) 5k PB is 19:22.

Not bad in a weeks work eh?

I’m also pleased to say i’ve hit every training run in the plan so far, thats every day for the last 12 days, and my pace has been good. I’ve turned out 71 miles so far and I’m feeling good. 13 and 6 planned for the weekend ahead, all easy pace.

The milestones Ive got in mind as I make my way through the plan are:

5k – 18:45

10k – 38:00

Half marathon – 1:25:00

Marathon – 2:59:59

I’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve got faith in the plan.

Helping me along the way are a great Recovery Yoga session from the Runners World site, and some strength work prescribed by Hannah @ ShoreFit Personal Training.

Here’s to some more good running at the weekend. 🙂 (and fingers crossed that the weather treats me kindly!)