Even allowing for Gold Coast weekend coming up it was perhaps one of the biggest showings for the year as all the big guns were back out to put the final preparations in place before Sunday.
The longest set on the program saw everyone ready at the gates for the favored 14 x 3 minutes (60 break) set, although even before the start people were stating they were only going for a few taper reps at reduced pace.
Found myself in a good group alongside Enda, Angus, Jeet, a few others and even Macca for once as I was running some 850m at 3.34 pace, Return was slightly faster and basically from there pretty much held all the way. Loads of the team pulled the pin on completion of the 6th, and once Fats was sprawled out on the grass after the 8th rep, done for the day it was left to Quentin to lead the way with Renaud not far behind.
I started to feel the pace on the 9th but was still hitting the same spot and holding pace throughout that I was pleased with, Decided even before the start I was only in for 12 and stayed with it even though I felt I had another two in me if needed.
Pace times for the 12 were:
3.34, 3.32, 3.34, 3.34, 3.30, 3.28, 3.30, 3.31, 3.30, 3.31, 3.30, 3.30
Best session I’ve done since the Half marathon and Thailand trip back in Mid May.
As mentioned loads started the set but I reckon only about 6-8 were there for the 14th rep. One of which was HuRTS #1 female – Renee Simon, who was looking strong and good to see her back showing some form. If Renee was the performance of the day then the ‘PPP’ (PiSS Poor Performance) of the day goes to the ‘Comm. Bank’ pairing of Pommy Paul Birch and Sonii Van Beek who were to knock out a measly 3 reps. I know Gold Coast is just around the corner and taper time etc…. BUT 3 reps, Geez, I wouldn’t have got togged out for that many and I’m betting it took Birchy that long to tie his shoelaces. No fear of those two going into the Marathon ‘over cooked’
With the first half of the year now done I thought I’d add my two cents worth if the HuRTS awards were based purely on the first 6 months of the year (just my own individual thoughts and this is NOT official so please don’t be getting upset)
Performance of the Year – Tom, no real reason other than the fact he never wins anything and someone always pips him late in the year. (suppose his Half was OK though?)
Female P.O.T.Y, Erika Ekland - fine Half Marathon in May.
Most Improved – Darren Jordan, really lifted his game in order to become #1 in his own household.
Under Achiever of the year: A few nominations here;
Mikey, Still done bugger all …. Except hand his keys in.
Enda, Still living on his early 2014 season form despite going on run camps all over the world.
Laura, Failing to carry out 40 minute pacing duties in May despite running a 3.26 first k, and a 3.16 last one – finishing in 40.21
Birch & Van Beek, Failing to get to 10 minutes in a HuRTs session with a paltry 3 reps yesterday.
Will be back out tomorrow for another ‘Double Header’ that is the ‘Timmy 20 minute Hills followed by the 5k tempo.
A Few of the Under Achiever Mid Year nominations.
Paul '3 Rep' Birch.