Training, Racing & LCHF Fueling For Skating And Endurance Sports
My official winter training programme kicked off this week, with the final race of the 2014 season thrown in for good measure – the South London 10km, a gathering of a few hundred hardcore runners shifting their collective asses around a course that could be described as “makeshift” if you were being generous, and in conditions that could be described as “challenging” if you were being magnanimous.
While some people are daunted by longer races, I rather fear the shorter stuff such as 10km’s, but also recognise that they’re just as important if you want to be a well-rounded runner at all distances. The attraction of this race was that it was just a few miles from home… frankly, it was the only attraction. Our friends Kai & Selena drove down from North London to join us for this one, the poor fools.
It was raining when we left the house… it was raining harder by the time we started running… and it was completely hosing down by the time we had all finished. That pretty much sums up the experience.
Somewhere between getting wet and getting soaked I managed to run the 10km circuit around the Arse-end of Wimbledon comprising of a downhill, a nasty uphill and a couple of miles of the local swamp in a time of 48:20, which I was not entirely unhappy about. Makes me wonder what I could do on flat course with a fair tailwind.. though I doubt I’ll be getting close to Kai any time soon, who put in a rather impressive performance of 39:33 and came 8th overall. 8th!
When all is said and done, it’s the tough races like today that build your character. Probably. And if there really ARE any Wombles living on Wimbledon Common then they are have ALL SURELY FUCKING DROWNED AFTER TODAY.
Train hard and smart, people. Peace out!