A Modern Day Tale of David and Goliath

Yep, this is genuinely a modern day tale of David and Goliath…set in the unlikely surroundings of Sutton Park in a leafy suburb of the vast metropolis that is Birmingham.  Yes, that’s right, I called Birmingham a metropolis.  But then again Birmingham is my home town so I might be a little biased.  Anyway, back to our story.  Our tale is one of intrigue, mystery, and heroes.  Well, maybe a little intrigue, but certainly no mystery, and as for heroes, I’ll leave that to you to decide!  It began a month ago when my running club competed at the Midland Road Relays and, to our surprise, managed to secure qualification to the National Road Relays.

So it was on Saturday 5th April in the year of our Lord 2014 that 12 brave souls from Knowle and Dorridge Running Club ventured into the unknown….well, we returned to Sutton Park.  On arrival I think most of the team felt a little out of their depth.  We stood in the park surrounded by some of the biggest and best running clubs in the Country, some with a long and rich tradition, of producing world-class athletes.  The difference between our small club and the ‘big boys’ was highlighted when we looked in envy at the ‘entourage’ of the bigger clubs, including tents the size of a big top, rows of flags, and lean athletes clad head to toe in sponsored club gear.  But that’s just running bling and we came to race! Read More

March Training

In summary March has been a good month.  There have certainly been some encouraging signs that my fitness is returning as I’ve slowly increased my weekly mileage and started a routine to strengthen my core.  I’ve also really enjoyed my running with a few runs ‘just for fun’.  I’m sure the warmer weather has helped my running too.  Spring is in the air and I’ve dusted off the sunglasses and short shorts!

My running has included a mixture of steady runs, tempo runs, hill work, and some interval sessions on the track – so basically a bit of everything.  I have been pleased with a few runs in particular:

1. I cruised a 15 mile long run with club mates at an average pace of 6 minutes 50 seconds per mile and generally felt like I was running on clouds.  Ok, maybe I wasn’t quite cruising at that pace, but it definitely felt good

2. A brutal 45 minute cross country hill session where I didn’t feel like I was running on clouds.  Probably because I was running through mud.  This was a really tough session of 8 hilly loops in Cofton Park.  I needed a nap after this one. Read More

Midland Road Relays

My return to running fitness took another huge step forward last weekend as, after what felt like a very long absence, I toed the start line of an actual race.  I was competing for my club at the 12 stage Midland Road Relays in Sutton Park on Sunday and using it as an opportunity to test out how well my hamstring has recovered.

I absolutely love the Road Relays.  This event is certainly my favourite on the club race calendar.  It is one of those very rare opportunities where you feel a part of a running team. The Road Relays are a great chance for club mates to watch each other race and cheer each other on rather than being spread out along the course in the same race.  It is a running club only event so you need to be a member of a club to take part…and if you’re not a member of a running club you should read this compelling article from ukrunchat.

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