Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Flame On

I had an early start in the office today which saw me ducking into the local coffee shop for a take away beforehand for a day of quiet analysis time, documenting my findings with two conference calls in between to reinforce the findings. I had commandeered a small office, the whiteboard soon filled with actions and the black coffee flowed.....

Time to depart and I was seen whizzing off to the station with the thought that I would be away from the cars soon running with my buddies from the club...I have a feeling the coffee was working still because no sooner had I arrived home it seemed I was in my kit and out of the door. The vague plan was to take a gentle 3 mile run to the club, then run circa 6-7 miles and then come home via the woods...it didn't seem to go as expected for when I looked down at my watch on the way I found I was running at 8 mph (13kph) and on my arrival I was raring to go all initial thoughts of a slow run out of the window ready for a reasonable run out along a set piece 10km...I was soon to realise I was in a rather extrovert mood as I took the mickey out of my fellow runners as they did me.

My legs felt good, my heart rate comfortable and I was happily chatting at the pack when I was called off the pace and told to review the pace without realising it all the training seemed to have payed off......FLAME ON.

Jumping off the front I decided to chat in the middle of the pack having fun calling out irritating anecdotes such "This is supposed to be a running club.....not a walking club!" or "Continual Forward Motion" All with a cheeky grin and a wink :-)

The run home was supposed to be a gentle trot but looking down at my Garmin again my pace was ticking over arriving home with a good feeling. I just hope the over-decaffeinated day was not the reason for my unusually good performance tonight but just for once it was great to feel that the training was paying off and I was back from recovering from the various ultras I have been on recently.

2 comments:

  1. I know that feeling and it is great. I don't experience it as often as I would like but when I do I'm always very happy. I'm sure all your training is paying off.

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  2. Nice work Jezza. Really great when the pace comes easily, just wish we could work out how to do it on all our runs. Running nirvana.

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