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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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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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Not the best start to our running year & Bath Half Marathon tomorrow!

Unfortunately Irina suffered a stress fracture in the hip during a late December run, and I suffered a muscular injury on the same run, which kept niggling away at me throughout January and into February.

This has resulted in a LOT of forced rest for Irina and plenty of rest for myself. (Although we have taken to the swimming pool to work the body, more to come on that…)

Before Christmas we both entered the Bath Half Marathon after enjoying our first ever Bristol Half Marathon in September so much. Our plan was to increase mileage through January and February in preparation to attack the Bath Half on 3rd March and beat our 2 hour time from the Bristol run last year.

The forced rest has meant that Irina is nowhere near able to sensibly take part in the run tomorrow, although she is now fully healed up (properly) and back on the road again, fighting fit, fully motivated and with new lessons under the belt!

I was able to get some running in through February, although due to a crazy busy schedule (including my dreaded night shifts) and re-niggling of the muscular injury, mileage was limited. I completed 9 miles a week ago, which went smoothly, although it is clear that the full 13.1 miles is going to be hard work tomorrow!

It will certainly be a challenge, but I want to complete it tomorrow for Team PI! Irina will be there to support me, and carry the all important post-race food and drinks. 🙂

Looking forward to enjoying a new experience and I’ll be blogging about it tomorrow or Monday.

Wish me luck!

Paul.

 

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Our Bristol Half Marathon 2012

On Sunday 30th September TeamPI ran the Bristol Half Marathon. A 13.1 mile route that starts near the Harbourside, running under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and back and then around the city centre. Some 14,000 people took part this year!

Last year Irina & Paul ran in their first ever organised races, the Frenchay 10k and then the Bristol 10k. The RunBristol events are extremely well organised and from our limited experience with them, highly enjoyable. Here’s our thoughts on the build-up to the run and the day itself… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 4 October, 2012 in Races & Organised Events, Recovery, Running

 

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Novice Super Sprint Triathlon

Today Paul took part in his first ever Triathlon event! The Naked Strength Novice ‘Super Sprint’ distance Triathlon in Colerne near Bath. The event consists of a 200 meter swim in a pool, a 10 kilometer bike ride on the roads and a 2.5 kilometer run. It was part of an entire ‘Multisport’ weekend arranged by them, with kids races and various distance duathlons and triathlons.

During August I went to our local swimming baths and swam for the first time in many years! The required distance of 200m got the arms pumped and took exactly 4 minutes on two separate occasions. So that’s the suggested wave start time that I put myself into when entering the event.

Also during August we bought new hybrid cycle’s and I completed over 100km of cycling in training for this, and included what is called ‘brick training‘, where you train two separate disciplines in one continuous effort. I actually completed the whole combined distance a couple of times, although the transition times were quite long due to the logistics of completing them all together. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 22 September, 2012 in Cycling, Races & Organised Events, Recovery, Running, Triathlon

 

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