Running warm up/down 8:51 1.39 km (6:21 / km) +16m6:00 / km ahr:139 max:156 shoes: More Mile Cheviot 2 - 2016
Running race 1:31:38 16.19 km (5:40 / km) +520m4:53 / km ahr:171 max:182 shoes: More Mile Cheviot 2 - 2016
The Stickler - 2017 edition.
The skies have scared us giving us some showers at the start and looked quite dark - but they have gone away and the rest of the run was nice weather for a run - but some parts very muddy and puddles in places (as expected).
So, not being in very good shape I knew this was a training type event and wasn't gunning for my earlier times. I had 1 goal and 2 optionals: - run the uphills as far as I could, preferably without any walks, even if it is a slow jog. Basically trying to eliminate as much of the 4 places where I had walked before. - If I can, be sub-1:30 - If I can, stick with some clubmates as "pacers" (Alan, Jason, or Andy)
Well on this basis I can claim one partial tick....
The first plan to run the uphills lasted all the way until the beginning of the first climb... :( I probably lasted shorter than the first time I attempted this, so was pretty disappointed, but my legs just weren't cooperating. In recent training, it was my lungs that could not carry me, I solved that with the changed breathing pattern - this time it was my legs. Maybe doing those uphill intervals yesterday wasn't a great idea after all... So Alan, Jason and Andy both got ahead at this point, but once it levelled out, I pretty much had the same pace so I could see them a bit further ahead. On the downhill, to around 4 miles I even caught Jason up, and almost Andy too. The uphill at the end of the downhill in the Shillingstone hills is a nasty one due to the switch of pace/effort, and I had to walk some of it both times before. This time I have in fact managed to not break down and ran this all the way - even though Jason was slightly faster, but this is the only win I can claim for today, so I'll take it.
On the steep street downhill to the main road out of the Shillingstone hills I took my first gel, as usual, leaving Jason behind - which lasted until the second drinks point where, given my lack of motivation to push, I actually stopped to drink and Jason went past. From this point on I never caught him again - I did see him for a while but my troubles started, as usual, on the second hill (Hod hill), this time not so much my lack of energy in the legs, but my sciatica started to play up... so I had to slow down and walk a bit more than my physical shape forced me to. I think I pretty much slowly drifted back from Jason at this point. The nest sections went as they usually do for me - overtaking lots of people on the downhills as I had better technique, they all coming back overtaking me on the uphills as I had less power - a couple of people yoyoing (myself included) on the long drag up to Hambledon, before coming again to the last steep downhill at around 8.5 miles, again overtaking a bunch of overly cautious people. As soon as I hit the bottom of the downhill, I felt something wasn't quite right though - I have effectively hit a wall. I have basically ran out of energy completely. Thinking back, it is obvious - whilst in previous Sticklers I have managed on 1 gel, this time I had a worse shape, so the same effort actually took more energy out of me and so the first gel actually ran out slightly earlier timewise, and as I was slower, this pretty much meant that I mismanaged my energy intake. It was at this point too late, of course, to remedy, so I just suffered the last bit way slower than I normally should - which meant that I missed even my 1:30 target, which, whilst not a great time, was still achievable at the top of the last descent.
As I have learnt, Alan finished 1:36ish, Andy 1:38ish and Jason 1:30ish, so really I had reasonable targets, but both finished ahead in the end. Ian did about 1:45 which is great for his age, not sure about the other clubmates/friends etc. I know RHF must have been way ahead as expected, hopefully enjoying the race but I really only saw him at the start and at the finish.
As it is, just another well organised event and a great running route, but not much personal satisfaction, unfortunately.