Anglian Home Improvements are sponsoring Olympic hopefuls. Here is the latest post from guest blogger and Olympic runner Charlie Grice, who tells us what he has been doing during November.
Last weekend I went up to Liverpool to race in the European Cross Country Trials. I travelled up with a couple of teammates on Friday afternoon. We decided to stay over the night before because it is a very long way and we didn’t want to race after being in the car for 5 hours and feel rubbish! We stayed around 20 minutes away from the race so we were hassle free.
As I was returning from Kenya I had high expectations on this race, despite cross country not being my main discipline. I always set high expectations for myself and I was aiming to make the team for the Euro cross country, which are being held in Slovenia later this month. They pick the team from the trials and they take the first 6 who finish at the race. The race started off very fast (as it always does in the Junior men) I settled off at a conservative pace knowing a lot of people will fade. I was placed 7th for most of the race. I wanted to pace it right and hopefully make the team. After the first half the front pack got away from me and I was leading the chase in the second group. With about 1k to go I started to get tired and the wheels came off. A couple of people overtook me and I finished 9th.
I just missed out on making the Great Britain Team but it wasn’t all disappointing news. I have qualified to run for England in another international cross country race later this month in Brussels. I have done this race before for my club and it is a really nice place for this time of year, with all the Christmas decorations around the streets and the Christmas markets. When I did the race last year for my club it was snowing!
I went up to Loughborough on Wednesday with my coach to get post Kenya testing in the lab. I did a sub max test on the treadmill, which consisted of six, three minute efforts getting quicker and quicker, whilst the physiologist took blood from my ear to measure whether I am producing lactate and at which paces. This is useful for my training as we can see how quick I need to run to get the different training effects. I also got some other tests done and it was great to know that everything had improved, not massively but a good increase which is very encouraging…It’s nice to know my body responds to altitude training and I hope to do it again next year.
I was surprised to see that there are no women nominated for Sports Personality of the year 2011! I always enjoy watching it on the TV and I hope that one day I will make an appearance! If I had to add some girls to the list I would definitely add Hannah England and Jess Ennis who both won silver at the World Champs in Daegu, which is one of the toughest championships to medal at. Also, I’m not a big swimming fan, but I saw that Addlington and Payne both won gold at the World swimming champs, so I am pretty surprised that they are not on the list. I will be voting for Mo Farah! He has had a great year and has moved up a level from last year; I hope he can do the same in London!
Bye for now