Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Having left it too late to enter any of the local early-year half-marathons (thanks to a combination of feeling like crap in December and possibly an upsurge in sporting interest thanks to last year’s Olympics, I suspect), a quick search around on the web found me entering the Salisbury 10-mile road race.  For the last couple of years, I’d used an early half as a gauge for how well my winter base training had gone.  This year, with my first ‘official’ 70.3 race fast approaching in May, it seemed especially pertinent to get some race experience at half-marathon distance.   Oh well, it’s three miles short, but should still be a good indicator of current fitness.

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So it's been two weeks since the joy of the Swashbuckler middle distance triathlon (see previous post for the full lowdown). The first week after the race was difficult, as I'd manage to somehow do some mischief to my left knee (the right one is usually the problem!) and my calves were knotted solid for a good three or four days after the race.

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On Saturday I had agreed with my coach, Mark Shepherd, to run the Newbury parkrun (Mark and Rachael Elliott run the event). As I'm currently living in Bristol, this means a 140-mile round trip (all for a 20-minute race!), so is no light undertaking.

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So, despite a reasonably full-on week (not to mention a short-lived bout of man flu!), I managed another course-specific PB at Bristol's Ashton Court parkrun on Saturday. Still only 19:27 on what is a hilly course (take a look at the course profile on my Garmin trace here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/145209717), but a decent 46-second improvement over my first attempt at the course just before Christmas (to be fair, the wind has a BIG impact on times and that first week was VERY windy!).

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Last weekend I made a breakthrough; one that was a long time coming and one frankly at times I felt I’d never achieve. OK, so in the grand scheme of things going sub-19 minutes for a 5km running race isn’t all that ground-breaking, people do it every week. But for a triathlete who started off barely being able to run a 23-minute 5km 18 months ago, it was a pivotal moment.

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