OK I know I haven't posted for a while and there's a good reason for that. I haven't had anything to write about.
I still don't have much to write about at the moment but I have been busy planning my training schedule which will take me to my next 24 hr race - the Six Nations event in Perth over the first weekend in September. That's Perth in Scotland, not Australia.
When I arrived home from Brive I took a few days mental recovery before trying to find out why I ran a substandard distance in France. After the Commonwealth Championships I reviewed my training and made slight adjustments for, what I thought, the better. I now believe these changes, especially in the running side of things, were wrong and so I've reverted to a very similar running schedule to the one I used last summer.
The other aspects of my training: although I'm still incorporating cycling and strength/conditioning exercises it will probably be a bit less of the former and a bit more of the latter.
Flexibility training remains unchanged.
At the end of May I took part in the second Harrogate League race. It was only seven days after the World 24 hr Championships and the plan was just to run the 5 mile course. I managed 41 minutes on the hilly route at Temple Newsam, Leeds. Although my left hamstring ached a bit I was happy with that.
Then I ran on alternate days - 6 miles, 7 miles, 8 miles and 9 miles. My hamstring getter better daily. Since then my weekly mileage has improved to 40 miles. Next week 50 then 60 then increasing by about 5% weekly.
Yesterday I took part in the third Harrogate League race. Five and a half miles from Yeadon, near Leeds which included a hilly stretch through and beyond Spring Wood. Managed 38:05. Sub 7 minute miling and a good springboard to faster racing over the next few months.
Ah yes, one last thing, my club [Otley AC] decided to award me the accolade of Runner of the Month for May. I can only assume that no-one else had any good runs last month. Or is that me being overly critical ?