1. I have been selected to run for England at the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km on May 3rd. This is a home countries international, I ran for England last year at this event in Perth. There is also an open 100km race with a 12 hour cut off and an open 50km with a 7 hour limit so get your entries in! The course is a 2km loop which some describe as flat but it does have a few inclines. I have run a marathon on this course and as someone used to flat I found it quite hard towards the end. http://www.national100k.com/
2. I have been selected to run for GB at the World 24 hour Championships in Pilzen, Czech Republic in June. The photo is from last year which is why I am not in it. However, in the last few days this event has been cancelled and they are now looking at a new venue so hopefully some news soon. http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2014-news-page/february-2014/25-02-14-24hr-champs/
|Thanks Andrea for the picture|
I knew I needed to average 6.27mm so allowing for garmin error I was aiming for about 6.24mm. At 2.5 miles I looked and was on 6.15mm so thought it was in the bag. I then didnt look again. A big hill came up which I must have lost time on, didnt think to look. I saw a lady ahead of me who I was gaining on but the finish was too close to beable to catch her so I didnt go into that 6th / run so hard you feel sick gear, I was happy enough that I was on course for sub 20 so wasnt too fussed about another place higher. After I finished I didnt look at the time for a while as I assumed I had gone under 20mins and wasnt really that bothered how much. When I looked I was quite surprised to see 20.07, how did that happen? I am so used to marathons where if you are 10s a mile ahead with half a mile to go then yes it is in the bag but that is not the case with a 5km. Had I been looking at my garmin I could have gone into that top gear and maybe just sneaked under. The other annoying thing is that I was 2nd lady, had I known the lady ahead was 1st I could have caught her as she was only 5s ahead. Oh well, guess I need to do another some time!
Post marathon my calves ached but that is to be expected running 26.2 miles on a hard track in minimal shoes (Gorun2). My legs did not feel too tired though which is perhaps due to only running at marathon pace for about 270m then having a 130m headwind at a slower pace (although still marathon effort).
Now I feel my speed is back post injury I am slightly changing my focus - a bit less speedwork to make way for more hills in preparation for the 100km. Instead of 2 hard fast sessions a week I am dropping down to 1 but will do a mini strides type session just so I am still using the fast twitch muscles twice a week. I have been doing 2 hill sessions a week on the treadmill and some hilly runs outside. I am going to either make those sessions longer or do more of them and also do more outside hilly runs rather than the same old routes. Yesterday I did up and down park road several times (a half mile hill) then a hill session on the treadmill in the evening so I was doing hills on tired legs.