Is it just me, or is it so flipping hot? Milk was a bad choice..
Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League! Ohhh yeah! It's been a long seven year wait but we are back where we belong. Who knows, maybe we can do a Leicester next year? (Don't worry even I don't believe that..).
The week started off with a Bank Holiday trip to see my little nephew Abe, who is just three weeks old. Look at that face! I know what you're thinking - yes he has definitely got his Uncle's good looks..
Not only that, but The Rock also launched an alarm clock which is pretty much the best thing ever. Me and my brother growing up were the biggest WWF fans (Stone Cold Steve Austin is still my hero). It's called The Rock Clock, has no snooze option to make sure you "get your ass out of bed" and the alarm tones are either The Rock singing or shouting at you. Brilliant.
My legs have felt so good and I have probably had the best week of training so far this year. I managed to get 60 miles in Monday-Saturday and then my girlfriend and I went to the gym today for some early morning cross-training.
As you can see, this glorious weather has shone spectacularly on the Suffolk trails. Wednesday morning I got out early for 10 miles with my training partner Matt. I worked out that with all my injury problems, marathon recovery and races it was our first run together this year! We had some serious run chat to catch up on and you can't beat the company on an early morning sunrise run.
Thursday evening I travelled down to London to see my girlfriend and run my first two races for Serpentine Running Club. It was a strange journey as the guy next to me on the crowded carriage was watching porn on his phone. PORN. I eventually asked him to turn it off, and he seemed very surprised, as if I should enjoy the company of a fat sweaty man having his fun! Very weird situation..
Race one was in the Assembly League in Hackney's Victoria Park. It was a 3.5m course so not exactly my distance! I went off at 5:24 min/mile pace for the first mile which was the fastest mile I've run this year, but then faded to end with an average pace of 5:37, finishing 19th (I think).
Then on Saturday I ran a Handicap Race in Hyde Park. For those that don't know, the slower runners start first and start times are then staggered and the winner is the first person to finish. It was two laps of Serpentine Lake and was such a beautiful morning!
My legs were quite sore so I was happy to get round the 4.3 mile course in 25:02 for an average of 5:48. Last year I ran a whole marathon in Berlin at 5:50 pace so it shows how quickly the speed can go if you don't keep hitting the big sessions. It made me realise how much I've missed running fast, mainly as my lungs were on fire! But it has also made me very motivated to return to my best and then get even faster once I've got these remaining three marathons out of the way.
In the 36 hours between the races I had the most incredible run in Richmond Park early on Friday. There was a stunning sunny haze over the park and I quickly forgot I was in one of the biggest cities in the world. I did 13.1 miles in total and it really is my favourite place to run in London. I can't wait to run a marathon there in two weeks time!
The rest of the days were spent smashing out my university work. I've got 15 days left of my degree during which I have to give three presentations based on 1) Biomechanical analysis of footballer knee joints, 2) Psychological intervention for a professional golfer and 3) How to physiologically test and train an elite female marathon runner (my favourite obviously!).
Saturday after the Handicap we headed to Kew Gardens. It was my first trip and it was spectacular. The treetop raised walking platform offered a unique perspective of the city and the environment. Yes, we were also both dressed like American tourists!
Next Sunday is the Woodbridge 10k, which is undoubtedly the biggest race in Suffolk. The 750 places available sell out more quickly every year. For 2016 it took just 40 minutes! Entries are hotter than Glastonbury tickets, so I'm lucky that I got invited to run having apparently officially run the fastest 10k by a Suffolk club runner in 2015.
The whole town comes out and the support is immense. The course is a brutal two-lap hillfest (what we runners call "undulating"). My friend Aaron Scott has the course record and he annihilates the field every year. For everyone who keeps asking me, I can categorically say I AM NOT GOING TO WIN. As well as Aaron, there are 2-3 other better 10k runners than me in the line-up who also have not already run seven marathons this year!
Then next up is the small matter of marathon umbers 8 and 9 on the following two Sundays (Richmond Park Marathon on 22nd May & Edinburgh Marathon on 29th May), followed by Man versus Horse on 11th June. Just five weeks left of this incredible journey! See you same time next week. I'm off to find the after sun..
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