Actual mileage: 16.8 miles
I received an email on Tuesday from the organisers of the Manchester Marathon informing me that I had been crowned a Manchester Legend – an accolade given to anyone who has completed 4 or more Manchester Marathons, which I had done consecutively between 2016-2019. As a reward, they were offering a discount off the 2020 entry price, an exclusive Legend t-shirt and your name on the ‘Legends Wall’ on the website. What an honour! An honour I took with a pinch of salt.
Joking aside, the more I thought about it the more I realised that’s it’s quite an achievement and I did feel slightly honoured with the recognition.
|The T-shirt of Legends….|
Needless to say, I signed up for 2020 and claimed the free t-shirt.
I went for a run on Tuesday evening, a steady 4.5 miles around Bromsgrove. It’s a regular route of mine which I often refer to as ‘boring miles’. It’s hilly, its not very scenic and it’s all on busy main roads, but it’s handy, door-to-door and helps clock up the weekly miles. In this instance though, it felt great to be back on the tarmac and made me realise how much I’d missed running, even the aforementioned ‘boring miles’.
Average Pace: 8:39 min miles
Mile 1 – 8:56, Mile 2 – 8:29, Mile 3 – 8:39, Mile 4 – 8:33, Mile 5 – 8:43.
On Wednesday I managed to fit in a late swim; 1200 metres in 48:19. The pool was busier than normal which led to ‘poolgate’. I’m not a fast swimmer and am very much aware of pool etiquette, therefore I tend to stay in one of the slower lanes and allow other swimmers to pass when necessary. It appears that other swimmers aren’t so considerate however and choose to ample along in the faster lanes. This was pointed out to a couple of ‘gentlemen’ and whilst one of them moved to a slower lane, the other point blank refused – even after a couple of lifeguards intervened – much to the annoyance of several swimmers. Oh well, the f’ing and blinding kept me entertained for a short while I guess!
Thursday night was club run. It felt great to be back. I opted for the 10k run and joined up with the 9 – 9.30 minute mile group. The route was lovely, mostly along the canal and the company was great. Solo runs have their place but you can’t beat a social, chatty run to tick the miles off on a warm evening.
Average Pace: 9:12 min miles
Mile 1 – 9.11 , Mile 2 – 9.15, Mile 3 – 8.58 , Mile 4 – 9.09 , Mile 5 – 9.23, Mile 6 – 9.09.
|Regrouping to take a breather, it was warm|
I took Friday as a rest day but managed to fit in another ‘Dirty Dozen’ core session – or ’20 minutes of hurt’ as I’m going to start referring to it as! I’m not sure why but last weeks session seemed much easier – or maybe I was doing it wrong?!?
Either way, I got it done. No pain, no gain I suppose.
We had tickets to see Stereophonic’s in Swansea on Saturday. My sister had kindly offered to have the boys overnight so we’d booked a hotel and agreed to drop them off midday Saturday. Just enough time for parkrun as it happened.
I headed to Arrow Valley for what was to be my 78th parkrun. (My 77th was at the Millennium County, Forest of Marston Vale in Bedfordshire whereby I had PB’d with a time of 20:54). There would be no PB attempt today. It was also Arrow Valley’s 7th Birthday event and the official club page had provided the following stats (I’m sure they won’t mind me sharing) for all you geeks out there:
Number of runners: 11,069
Number of runs: 103,948
Number of PB’s: 17,520
Avg number of runners per week: 283
Biggest attendance: 577
Avg run time: 00:29:02
Total hours run: 5 years, 271 days, 15 hours, 10 minutes and 27 seconds
Total distance run: 519,740 km.
Average Pace: 7:10 min miles
Mile 1 – 7:13, Mile 2 – 7:15 , Mile 3 – 7.09
I ran my first parkrun at Arrow Valley in 2014 with a respectable time of 30:46, finishing in 157th place out of 215 runners. I had an age grade of 42.65%. This was also my first parkrun in the 40-45 age grade, achieving an age grade of 61.1% so I was pleased with my improvement, even more so post injury.
|Waiting for Stereophonics to perform at Singleton Park, Swansea|
|Where’s Wally amongst the 35,000?|
I went out for a run on Sunday evening once the kids were in bed. In all honesty, I was knackered from the weekend and probably should have rested but I managed to convince myself to do a slow shuffle around the block, 3 miles in total and with the low sun and great views, it proved the right decision.
Average Pace: 8:59 min miles
Mile 1 – 9:15, Mile 2 – 9:04, Mile 3 – 8:46
Thankfully Monday is a rest day!