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The Bristol 10k 2013

The Bristol 10k 2013

On Sunday, Irina and I ran in our second Bristol 10k event (Our first one was back in 2011). Events like this are one of the many reasons we are thankful for living in Bristol, and we love our ‘home’ events!

Paul finished in 50’07” and Irina in 50’37”…

My personal preparation wasn’t great for this one, as I missed out on running the Frenchay 10k (which was booked and paid for) in April due to a weird bout of illness and since my Bath Half Marathon in March have only run a distance of around 5 miles once. However, I knew I could run the distance no problem, it was just a matter of how strong I would be feeling towards the end!

The weather was perfect on the day, broken cloud with some nice sun shine, but not too hot. Our fuel and hydration preparation is getting really good these days, and so I felt great for the run. Our journey in is an easy 10 minute drive to our favourite car-park in town (the easiest to get away from at the end of the day!) and we strolled through town to the runners village with plenty of time.

Bristol 10k 2013 Runners Village

The atmosphere at the run_bristol events is always great, but today felt different somehow, in the wake of the recent Boston marathon bombing and with the planned 30 seconds silence before the race, people seemed in particularly defiant mood, and there was a great buzz around the whole place. Indeed the silence before the race start was wonderfully observed by all, and extremely powerful and poignant. I took a moment to think about why we run, and how lucky I am that I can have this lifestyle. Everyone applauded after the silence, as I think it really impacted us all being so powerful a moment.

For this race I didn’t take my iPod like I normally do for longer runs, and actually quite enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere, and it helped me focus more on the sights and sounds of the event. I also found that it didn’t distract from my pace and controlling that throughout the race.

Since working quite hard on my cadence and stride recently, I find my running that much more enjoyable when I have a target in mind, and I felt comfortable with my pacing all the way through the run, including deliberately slowing myself by 15 seconds per km for the 7th km as I could feel my hamstring tightening up and felt I could finish quicker if I eased off a little now. My timings were good, although I didn’t quite have enough ‘sprint’ left in me at the very finish to get under 50 minutes. Overall though I was very happy with my time and feel that with uninterrupted preparation I could push for my target of a 45 minute 10k.

Once over the finish line I was delighted and impressed to see Irina finish just behind me, and she was just getting into her ‘zone’! 😎

Massive congratulations must go to all those involved in setting up and running this event. As usual it was superbly run, from the cadets in the baggage tents, the marvelous marshal’s, the guys handing out rewards at the end and everyone else in-between. The atmosphere was brilliant and there was great camaraderie between runners, especially at the start which can get a bit ‘hectic’ with all those early-rushing overtakers (some of whom you will inevitably catch up and pass later on!).

As seems to be our Bristol after-race ritual, Irina and I walked back through town, stopping off for a delicious (and high GI recovery) hot pasty in the West Cornwall Pasty Co. shop and then a well-earned coffee and piece of chocolate! The rest of the day was spent with a nice afterglow as is the usual reward for taking part in these events, and we treated ourselves to a healthy meal and a glass (or two 😉 ) of our favourite prosecco, before an exhausted early night!

Really looking forward to the Bristol Half Marathon later in the year, and many more excellent run_bristol events in the future.

Paul.

Irina’s thoughts to follow soon…

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Posted by on 9 May, 2013 in Races & Organised Events, Running

 

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April Mileage

Firstly, apologies for the lack of blogging this past month from Team Pi, it’s been a weird month!! We’ll get back on it in May…

It’s been an odd month with a few niggling injuries each and Paul had a weird heart scare at the start of the month after a viral chest infection! In fact the start of the year hasn’t gone to plan at all… but we’re positive and pushing on to get things back on track, with lots of plans this year.

Irina jumped on the bike this month (cycling to the pool for her weekly Aqua Running session) and enjoyed it, so is planning some more cycling this summer. (She had the nice surprise of newbie saddle-bum! 😉 )

Paul’s April Running: 19.9 Miles
Paul’s April Cycling: 12 Miles
Paul’s April Swimming: 0.8 Miles

Irina’s April Running: 45.5 Miles
Irina’s April Cycling: 7.7 Miles
Irina’s April Aqua-Running / Pool workouts: 1.5 Hours Approx.

Bristol 10k to look forward to this Sunday, and we’re both raring to go. Sadly I don’t think Paul will be hitting the time he wanted due to the preparation being hit, but should still be comfortably under the hour mark. Our blog on the event will follow Monday or Tuesday. 🙂

Paul.

 

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Frenchay 10K

The last few months have been a bit manic therefore lack of blogs from our side. I have to admit, I really miss it as this helps me to “clean” my thoughts and share it with you. It is very therapeutic…. But hey ho, here we go.

Frenchay 10K – 14/04/2013

Not the best preparation due to long injury and virus infection one week before the race. But I am pleased with the time and the effort. All the aqua running, swimming and core exercises I have been doing in the last 4 months, seemed to work out. I know I do need to do loads of work, especially hill running, speed work and distance before Bristol 10K in hmm.. less than 2 weeks. But I am on the right track and having the right attitude, determination, willpower and pure enjoyment, I know I am back in the game! And it feels damn good! I can say without hesitation that I am an addict! Addicted to running, outdoors, long distances, the freedom, being “in the zone”!

But back to the race…..

Anyone who ran the Frenchay 10K before knows too well how hilly the course is, especially the last kilometre which goes up the Blackberry Hill (outchy!). I even have to admit that at one point during the race I said to myself: blimey the Bristol Half Marathon was much easier that this! (But maybe I was well prepared for the Bristol Half back in September).

I was confident that I was able to run 10K, distance that is well-known to my body and mind. But I knew that the race would be a real test to my injury and the final answer to the question, Did I do everything right?

On the plus side the knowledge from my course (Sports Nutrition) helped me to stay calm and confident. I knew I was well fuelled, hydrated, rested (maybe too much rest) and enough body fat to keep me going. 🙂

I finished in 56’20” and I was on such high after the race that the very same night I entered Frome Half Marathon in July. Wise or mad? Can’t say now but I want my challenge for this year not to be taken away from me.

Irina

P.S. I do love my new mug! Frenchay 10K was my very first official race. That is where it all started, the enjoyment, fun, determination, and the questions, how far can I go?!

 
 

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March Mileage

Irina’s recovery has gone well and she is well and truly back on the road! Paul’s Bath Half Marathon hangover severely limited the mileage this month, plus the bike fall half a mile into my first bike ride of the month!

April sees us take part in the Frenchay 10k, so we need to get up to speed for that, and then kick on from there for the Bristol 10k in May…

Paul’s March Running: 21.7 Miles
Paul’s March Cycling: 0.5 Miles
Paul’s March Swimming: 0 Miles

Irina’s March Running: 19.5 Miles
Irina’s January-through-March Aqua-Running / Pool workouts: 22 Hours Approx.

Looking forward to our local event next weekend, we can literally walk from home to the start line! 🙂

Paul.

 

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Improving Running Cadence & Mechanics

Since I’ve been more interested in Triathlons in recent months, and plan on taking part in some more this year, I have been looking at ways of making my runs more efficient for that crucial final stage (along with improving my swimming & cycling technique of course!).

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve come across recently was written by Andy Bullock in a small Q&A section of the 220 Triathlon magazine. In it he was talking about the foot striking close to, or beneath your ‘centre of mass’ (COM) and also about measuring and developing your ‘cadence’.

Cadence seems to be the buzzword in running at the moment, and there is a LOT of talk about it. Most opinions seem to suggest that the ideal cadence is 180 (foot strikes per minute), however I also found some research which suggests that this number should be a minimum cadence to aim for.

Why care about this? Well, the number of times your foot hits the floor, and conversely, the amount of time you spend in the air between strides, all has an impact (literally) on your body. The slower your cadence, the more you are in the air and the harder you land on the foot. This slower turn over means there is a higher impact, which in turn could cause more injury and is a far less efficient way of running.

How to measure cadence? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 18 March, 2013 in Injury, Recovery, Running, Triathlon

 

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The Bath Half Marathon 2013

The Bath Half Marathon 2013

Yesterday I ran in my second ever Half Marathon, in the beautiful city of Bath. Irina, as many of our readers will know, was unfortunately unable to take part in this event due to injury. I didn’t have the best preparation mileage-wise leading up to this event, but was feeling good and determined to run it for Team PI! Irina came along and offered amazing support, giving me a real boost when I needed it.

We decided to take the train into Bath as it seemed likely to be easier and less stressful than driving in with many thousands of others. Our journey in did prove to be easy and we had plenty of time to get into the runners village, familiarise ourselves with everything and get ready for the start.

The day itself was very cold, and the covering clouds kept it that way for the whole day. Luckily the event organisers informed us via email before the event that if we wanted to wear an old hoodie or fleece top on the start line before the off, then they would be going round and collecting the discarded clothes and passing them on to charities. So I had a 12 (ish) year old hoodie with me for such a ‘donation’! Glad I did, but even so and even in the huge crowd of people, it was still a cold start.

Bath Half 2013 Start Line

Bath Half 2013 Start Line

 

It took a few miles for my legs to fully warm up Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 4 March, 2013 in Injury, Races & Organised Events, Running

 

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