Dewsbury 10K & Liversedge Half 2018 race reports

So although I haven’t posted on the blog for a while, I’m going to kick things off again by catching up on a few race reports. So let’s get cracking with how things went at the Dewsbury 10K two weeks ago.

The Dewsbury 10K
The last 10K that I’d raced was not the best race of my life. After getting injured in the run up to the Leeds Abbey Dash, my running life was pretty grim. Unused to how weak I was, I’d gone off at tough pace that I thought would be manageable, and then ended up struggling and running really hard to finish in a time that I was really disappointed with. It was grim.

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Five stages of a running injury, and what I learned.

In my running year it is typical for me to struggle in the latter half of the year. This is often the autumn of my discontent. For some reason my spring training blocks are always smooth, but it is attempts at autumn goals that are littered with illness and injury. This year I chose to to target a 10K, the Leeds Abbey Dash, to put less pressure on myself. I would be working towards an event that hurts less (or hurts for less time), and is also a distance that I personally consider to have less prestige within my running achievements.

That said, I still went in with the same attitude and approach to training – the same workload, the same intensity, the same volume. So it’s no surprise that this post is all about the injury that happened, how I dealt with it, and what I learned.

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Training update and 2017 goals #2: The Dash

Abbey Dash 2017 training blog week 9/20

Back at the end of 2016 I set my first goal for 2017 – to run under 2:45 at the Manchester Marathon – and keen readers will know that I went and did just that with a 2:44:04.

I haven’t written up my plans for goal number two of the year, taking on the Abbey Dash, but I’ve been building up to this now for the past nine weeks – almost half way through the training block. I’ve written before about how this block started slowly (I mean really slowly, I wrote a second blog piece about it), but things have started to pick up recently.

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