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September to December 2013 Review

Move along, nothing to see here.

September to December was quite quiet for me. I struggled with motivation for training – all the big goals of the season were gone, and my 30 week plan for the IMUK didn’t start until the end of December.

I did a couple of little local races, the Marple Trail 10K (ish), and the Big Event 10K, but neither produced times worth mentioning. Knowing I would need some Autumn motivation, I had entered the Birmingham Half earlier in the year. The organisational cock ups of previous years seem to have been eliminated (although there are a couple of improvements they could make to the start) and it was a nice little hit out. I was disappointed to have been so far (4 minutes) off my PB, but a 1:43 is not to be sniffed at, especially since it is not a flat course, and the last 3 miles are pretty much all up hill.

My final events of the year came in December. First up was the Stockport 10. I was very disappointed with my result. This was the first time I’d done this race and not lowered my PB. Maybe it was an omen, as there was no MealWorm in the goodie bag either!!! I was two minutes slower than in 2012, and the whole race felt slow and laboured.

Next up was a quick jaunt over the Snake to Ponds Forge for the South Yorkshire Masters gala. This was my first “proper” gala as a competitor since I was 15. I entered all the Free events, 400m, 200m, 100m and 50m, mainly looking to get times on the board having never done a stand alone 400m or 200m before. I knocked out a 5:38 for the 400m, which I was very pleased with. I’d done 5:37 at the Wilmslow Tri in May, but I had been drafting the guy in front of me for 350m of that, so to go only 1 sec slower was great. I had no frame of reference for the 200m race, and did a 2:40 which was nice. The 100m and 50m races were a touch disappointing, but I was tired from the 400 and 200. I “won” two Age Group silver medals for my 400 and 200 races, just don’t ask how many people were in my Age Group <cough>just the two</cough>.

Finally, I did the Ribble Valley 10K, mainly because I’d not done it before as in previous years I had always been working. Again, like the Stockport 10, it was slow and laboured. A reinforcement of the wake up call I’d got from the Stockport 10. I really need to smack it when my IM training starts in earnest.

The only other thing I did of note this year was join the parkrun 100 club. My weekly attendance at parkrun has been rather spotty over the last two years due to ever changing work rotas, but I finally made it.

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