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Dreaded Winter!

User AvatarPosted by Liz Birchall at 3/11/2009 9:06:51 AM

It’s that dreaded time of year again... WINTER! But the disappointing summer track season has really left me motivated, focused and quite angry to be honest! This anger has its positives, it’s really helped towards dragging me out of my warm bed for them miserable morning runs in the freezing cold and wet conditions for sure... I can only thank Wales for such a pleasant climate!

Continuing on from the last blog, I did race well in Gateshead, and finished 3rd in a really strong field, and it was pleasing to finish the first Brit as we don’t often get chance to race each other! However, the weather was not kind in my pursuit of a PB and typical of Gateshead, threw a ferocious wind at us to deal with! I run a respectable 1.47 when taking the conditions into consideration but again left me frustrated.

This frustration was to be the story of my season! After having the winter of my life and seeing remarkable improvement in the warm weather camp in Portugal and surpassing all targets during the indoor to outdoor transition the undiagnosed virus struck! And it struck hard! Post illness I still wanted salvage some sort of season after missing out on all the Major Champs and was on the hunt for a PB at least! This proved to be too optimistic as my fitness was seriously compromised after such a long time out of specific training and ended up running 1.46.3, just shy of a PB...

The decision to give indoors a miss this year found me in an unfamiliar place a few weeks back... Cross country, oh how I love it, NOT. My first cross country in 5 years was to be an emotional experience. I came 22nd in a field of over 300, but was left feeling less than inspired and will not be returning back out of my own choice anytime soon!

See you soon!



  • At 1:47 PM on 3/11/2009,
    gareth preece wrote:
    I am a big fan and hope you do continue with the x-country as I really do believe it will benefit you in the long term with more strength and stamina.Best of luck for the future,and 22nd out of 300 isn,t bad first race in 5 years.