OUT NOW: (Features Plenty of Running Anecdotes)
Not a good day at the races today.
Beautiful, sunny, crisp autumn day for the Southside Six. Warm up fine, good crack with my mate Jason.
Lined up at the front.
Set off at breakneck speed. First mile 5:34, and managed 6:30 average pace for the hilly first seven miles. All fine until 10 when legs went, no kick at all, hanging on for last five, finishing around 12th in about 1:41.
Stuff to learn from the Soutshide Six:
Don’t get too cocky: running’s a great leveller.
Change your race strategy as you go along.
Don’t try and run the whole race on your own.
If there’s a strong group and you’re not at the races, hang on them. And don’t give an inch: two yards soon becomes 10, and before you know it…
Make sure you recover properly after a marathon.
On the plus side, it was a hilly route, my average pace was about 6:40 for the 15.3-mile course, halfie in 1:25. On the day, I couldn’t have done any better. Injury not a factor: Paramol saw to that. But NOT sharp after eight or nine days without a run.
Great race the Southside Six, great course, no chance of taking a wrong turn, distinct lack of support apart from a random posse of about 20 Giffnock North juniors cheering on George Taylor and I in the middle of a forest. Nice to see Robbie Hayman, Al Ewen and Graeme Paterson from Bella RRs well up there in the top 10. Impressive teamwork.