Monday, 30 August 2010

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. -Steve Prefontaine

When running my arms and wrists get really cold. Wearing a jumper keeps them warm but then my body overheats with the extra layer.
Therefore I cut the ends of my old socks off and wear them stretched over my arms and wrists. I can also keep wearing my favourite running t-shirts.
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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Quote and training

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back. -Steve Prefontaine

Well I agree in part with Pre and I understand where he is coming from but he was American. Us British can be too far the other way; too conservative and polite. If we don't celebrate our successes then who is? Don't keep your successes quiet if you've worked hard for them. Tell people then let them pat you on the back.

Yesterday I went ice-skating and fell on my knee. I was worried that it might effect my running. Well I ran fine this morning so all is OK. In two week today I'll be in Cardiff representing North Wales in the Welsh Camps. It'll be a 10k run and I'm hoping to complete it in under 33 mins. Wish me luck. Daniel.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Birchwood 10K race report and quote.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift." Steve Prefontaine.

Steve Prefontaine did a 10K in 27:43 so I've got to train a bit harder!

12th. Web results

I like to have a look at the quality of people around me. Here's a summary:
Summary of people around me:
10th 33:22 Russell Maddams recent PB: 32:53
11th 33:38 Neil Pendlebury's PB 31:33 in 2009
13th Paul Faulkner PB 34:10
14th Steve Hebblethwaite PB 33:35
So from that I can see that I was in good company.

I also like to look at the actual distance measured on my GPS watch and the pace. The distance was longer at 6.28 miles rather than 6.124. The pace was 5:21 which was a PB pace for me. A 5:20 pace, which I was aiming for would have give me a 33:00 time.

The quality of the field was high. The winner, Ben Fish has done a 2:20 marathon and a 4:01 mile, a very versitile runner.

The actual race itself was a good experience for me. Rebecca and Karla came and watch and it made me run quicker when they cheered me on, especially at about 1/4 mile towards the end. They must have given me another 15seconds. Karla ran alongside me for a couple of metres which made me run faster.

The last two miles of the race were hard because of two slight hills over motorways. Then the beginning of the race was a little hard because of eight roundabouts. But overall I think the race has about 75% PB potential. I'm not sure why I clocked it as too long. I wonder if anyone else clocked it as being long? I'll try to find out.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Quote and run

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Top notch session done: Five one mile repetitions on grass with a 14 mph wind. The times were: 5:19, 5:14, 5:18, 5:13, 5:10.