Club running - revisited

Last night I had to pop over to Fife to show off some samples of kit to the committee and interested members of Pitreavie AAC. We are currently looking in to replacing the current kit with a new revamped identity. If we get the nod I think the new kit will look fantastic and really bring the club in to the 21st century.

Since I was over at the club I thought I would join the road runners out on the 10 mile route that they were doing. It's a route I have ran many times before and one I really enjoy. The first stretch is always the hardest as you start off cold and head straight up hill. Once you get to the top of the lane you get some time to relax and get in to a comfortable pace but it's by no means a flat course.

I didn't know what to expect as I had been to the gym the night before and started working on core strength again. It's been a while since I was at the gym so my body is a bit tender in places.

As it turned out I was feeling really comfortable up until about 6 miles and then my pace started to take a dive. It was like a switch had been flicked and my legs decided enough was enough. It's as I have been posting about for a couple of weeks now, I need to work on my endurance and get the pace over the full distance, not just the first 6 or 7 miles. I still can't complain with getting 10 miles done in 1:08:59 but by the end of the summer (if it ever arrives!) I would like to be running 10 miles in the hour.

Dunfermline is a tough training location as there is very little flat on any of the routes that the club do. The issue is the club house is located in the middle of a raised area so you either start uphill, finish up hill or if you are lucky enough to start uphill and stay at the top of the town you get a down hill finish, which isn't very often.

Because of this I think I am going to try and get over to the club on a more regular basis, just for the longer runs and get my endurance back on the hills and over the 10 mile distance. it also means I get to run with others for the routes. I still plan on running the 16 mile route on a Sunday as well though at Harrison park but due to the calibre of runner there I may only stick with them for 5 or 6 miles before they leave me for dust!

Onwards and upwards!


Owain Williams

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