Nice timing. What is Bedworth parkrun like?4 x 1250mtr reps (1st lap of Bedworth Parkrun course), with decreasing rest periods between each one. Managed to keep them consistent at about 18:20/5km pace.
Learnt the value of my GPS watch today... was ready to jack it in after 3 reps as i was utterly bollocksed. However my watch showed me that my 3rd rep had still been consistent even though it hurt like buggery. And that pushed me on to give it everything for a 4th.
Bedworth Parkrun... A few basic facts... compared to Cov there's probably only 200-250 runners rather than 500-700... however it's three laps instead of two, so you still encounter "traffic".Nice timing. What is Bedworth parkrun like?
it is nice feeling when you think you are "utterly bollocksed" (to quote you. A lovely way of putting it) but in actual fact you managed to keep pace! Good effort.
An easier week for me this week. I've stepped up the mileage in the last few weeks (86, 73 and 92km in the last 3 weeks) culminating in a fairly decent 1hour 28 min half marathon on Sunday. Feeling good at the moment, no pain in my right calf which is nice.
If you're after an arrow-straight 2 mile run that is a bit flatter (it's definitely slightly downhill but it's barely noticeable, but i guess still helps you along), the "Greenway" path from the road at Burton Green, heading in the direction of Kenilworth... (i think it's an old disused railway line, now a cyclists/walkers path), is a good one.I did a 2mile time trial last night. Fell off the top of Corley moor all the way down to Allesley. Managed to sneak under 13 with 12:58. I think a sub 20 5km attempt will be on soon. If I can break that barrier albeit downhill I’ll be able to bring it back to flat and maintain the pace.
Interesting, will have to give them both a go in a post-pandemic world. Thanks for the info - Warwick sounds like a good course for a fast time.Bedworth Parkrun... A few basic facts... compared to Cov there's probably only 200-250 runners rather than 500-700... however it's three laps instead of two, so you still encounter "traffic".
At the front end, the standard is not quite as high. Sometimes you get the odd 16 minuter turn up, but your time (18:00-18:30?) would generally see you in the top 3-5 finishers most weeks.
I think most people in the area will describe it as "slow" compared to Cov, as on the 2nd and 3rd laps there is a trailly section through a bit of woodland, and there's two very tight turns, and one really quite sharp hill (only 20 yards long). But if you're not a fan of hills it'll totally knock the stuffing out of you. However if it wasn't for that, the rest of the course feels no worse than Cov, in fact probably slightly faster.
My pb's are 18:41 at Cov and 18:34 at Bedworth, both i'd say in similar states of fitness, so there's not much in it at all really.
If you're in the area i'd really recommend taking a look at Warwick Race course Parkrun. It's basically a big loop around and then back round the racecourse. Obviously one big hairpin at halfway, and near that point there's a hill of perhaps 50-70 metres which you take both ways, but it's really nothing to worry about. THe rest of the course is absolutely pancake flat. I ran a 19:26 there in January when the start and finish had to be lengthened to avoid sheet ice, and even then parts of the course were treacherous, and i wasn't on good form either.
You don't get the traffic either, as you stay to the right of the path both ways round, and you're never lapping people. Good standard too... similar to Cov at the front end.
I reckon Warwick Racecourse is a "pb" course and seems faster than Cov and Bedworth.
Incidentally i've booked a track session for next thursday, with the intention of running either a "fast" 5km or Track Mile, depending on how i feel next week. Will only go for the 5km if i think i can get fairly close to 18mins, which would seem a stretch after today's antics... but i do feel i could possibly knock a few secs off my Track Mile pb (5:23)
ps 1:28 on the half marathon, well done...!
Bloody hell mate that’s a fantastic effortI managed my longest ever run yesterday, got 16.1 miles in. My previous best is basically a half marathon with a jog back to the car.
It was a trail run too so really happy with the tough effort. Hopefully I’ll be able to add a couple more on in the next few weeks.
I didn’t mention pace for that very reason. It was my furthest but also longest as we just enjoyed the run.Don't get too worked up on hitting a certain pace on your long runs, especially if relatively new to them.
Build up the endurance base first, then can start to think about running them harder.
(much the same principle as shorter distance training (5km/10km/half/etc).... need to have the solid base of miles before you start banging out the hard sessions...