A busy weekend, with a marathon-focused workshop for England Athletics in Stockport that seemed to be well received by all.
Away from the Church Community Centre and out on the mud it was County Cross Country Championship weekend. Extremely muddy weather seems to be a bit of a leveller whereby aspects like balance, coordination, fearlessness, lactate tolerance and maybe even peripheral vision become much more relevant than when running round a 400 metre track or a flat stretch of tarmac. So one chap I coach had a fine run in Berkshire while another one had a more downbeat effort in Middlesex.
Training hero of the day was the runner who did 17 miles in 6.20 per mile on a breezy wet morning. Oh, and then minutes later, with no carb intake to top up the glycogen, he won a 10k race in just over 34 minutes. That wasn’t exactly what I had suggested he do but was slightly beyond what I’d plan for a training session 13 weeks before a target marathon. Let’s see how the next three months pan out. He did have a large and long lunch afterwards