So the month of August has come and gone in the blink of an eye and before I knew it its the middle of September!
It's been a busy few weeks with racing and also a family holiday to Crete whilst still trying to keep the focus on the build up to Peterborough.
I've managed to set another couple of PB's during August, over the 5 mile and the 10 mile distance with running 26:08 at the Joy Cann 5, a LRRL race, and then knocking a significant chunk off my 10 mile PB with 52:45 at the Notts 10, which was held at Holme Pierpoint on Friday 10th August.
It's fair to say I was "revved up" for the Notts 10, and again standing on the start line confident that I'd have a good race. However, the race plan quickly went out of the window when I got sucked into a chasing pack behind the lead group of Ali Watson (Notts AC), Danny Hallam (Wreake and Soar Valley) and Dan Kestrel (Rotherham Harriers).
I was leading the chase most of the way before it whittled down to just me and Andrew Savery (Leamington AC) who kept me pushing the pace. The lead group had split at this point and we managed to reel in Danny Hallam around 6.5 miles, which boosted my confidence as Danny is a top runner, but Dan Kestrel still had a huge lead in 2nd place. I could sense that we were catching him though. At this stage both Andrew Savery and I were continuing to push the pace with neither of us showing signs of backing down.
With a mile to go I was still trying to shake off Andrew and managed to break away with around 1k to go. Dan Kestrel still had decent lead but I knew I was definitely getting closer to him. Coming down the finishing straight I was able to summon up one final push to dig in and managed to get past Dan with 300m or so to go for a Notts AC 1,2 finish being Ali who ran 51:25! For once it was nice to finish a race and get a result I’ve been working hard for!
Shortly after the race we'd booked a last minute family holiday to Crete. Madelaine and I had a great time with the boys and it was just what we needed as a family. It wasn't what my training needed though as too many trips to the All Inclusive buffet took its toll despite me trying to keep up with some form of training whilst we were there!
The week after we got back was the Wilne 10k but I already knew it wasn't going to be pretty after a weeks overindulging. The race did however go better than expected and I managed to finish inside the top 10 in 33:13. The Wilne 10k is certainly a race I'd like to return back to next year in better shape to target a 10k PB.
Next up this weekend is the Midland 6 stage relays for Notts and then I'll also be running the Robin Hood half at the end of the month but the focus continues to be Peterborough. This race now has even more significance for me as I've been added to the Midlands team racing against the RAF, UKAF, North England and Eastern Counties teams. I may have been added to the team by default due to injury but it's an opportunity I certainly wont be passing up on!