“FAME! I’m going to live for ever” so sung Irene Cara, but sadly my fame seems not to have taken off just yet!
OK, I think it is time to move on from my race win, stop basking in the glory, and get cracking for race number three of 2017.
After my triumph at the Battersea Millennium Arena I took a week to recover, regroup, and generally keep reminding myself that I am pretty darn awesome. In reality I was waiting by the phone for the editor of Athletics Weekly to call me and get the scoop on the latest hotshot athlete to win Race Two of the Soar Summer Mile. I think you can imagine my surprise to discover that I didn’t even get a mention in the results listings in last week’s edition. Gutted doesn’t even begin to cover it; when am I ever going to win a race again and get a chance to be mentioned?!?
Anyway, in a final attempt to grab a few milliseconds of fame you might be able to catch a glimpse of me in the video released by SOAR towards the end of last week:
What I actually did last week, was a bit of running, but with the shackles released. I had no plan to stick to; no targets to reach. It also meant I could make it down to the track to run with the club on Tuesday night. Here, I undertook the ‘short’ session on offer: 4 sets of 400m, 600m. There was 90 seconds recovery between reps, and three minutes between sets. As is often the way, I went off pretty hard in the first rep, keeping close to club mate Andrew Flanagan. I was confident that it would only take a very short matter of time for the effects of that foolish effort to pay me back, but (despite a brief period of thinking maybe I’d call it a day after 3 sets) I actually managed to hold onto his coattails for the full session; only really losing significant ground in the final rep where he out-kicked me with a great turn of pace.
Those are some of my best ever 400m times; Mile training really works!
Barns Green 10km
Up next on the horizon looms the Barns Green 10km. Traditionally a flat and fast Half Marathon, last year organisers added a 10km. I decided that this would make for a good option for my 10km PB, sub 40 minute, attempt; the race is in late September and takes place nine weeks after my mile training.
This week I have moved on from the training plan for the mile and set off on my journey along this new plan I found from Mike Gratton, 2:09 marathon runner. I am ambitiously following the sub-38 option which will, for the first time, include some double days; my aim is to get out for the 30 min easy runs before the rest of the house wakes.
I will, as ever, endeavour to keep you all up to date with my progress as I truck along.