Saturday morning and a 5km race around one of the lakes.
A group of us decided to run so bleary eyed and registered at 5:30am then a 6am start. It was quite cool this morning around 28-29 degrees so I was thankful for that.
A great run – I watched as the New Chris streaked off in 3rd place whilst I struggled along in about 13th (unlucky for me). Chris eventually came in 5th with an amazing 18m40 – I came in 13th with a 20m17s
Nick joined us on his 40th Birthday and ran a very good 23m50s which is great as he doesn’t really run much. Pip training for the Great North Run did 25m40s with Jess a little way behind her. Top marks also to Chris F who at over 60 finished in 30m paced by Jules and still beating over half the field.
My lap times were fairly consistent – felt tired towards the end but didn’t bother with any last minute dash as no sprint finish with anyone.
Aaah good day always when you start with a run …..
Woke up this morning and headed into work early so that I could get out and do a run. It was hot – at 8:30am it was already 33 degrees. Prepared a litre bottle of water to leave by the lake where I was doing loops – the lake is just under 3km long around so it was a run there then 3 laps and a run back to get my 10km in.
After surviving yesterday and my calf not pulling too much I felt I was up for the race this morning despite the stupid start time.
Speed tracks are always annoying on gps – one of the reasons I have the Suunto (reviewed HERE) show average speed as the mad gps fluctuations annoy me – there is no way I run 3m/km followed by 4m40/km.
The lap times below show the 1km splits so and you can see the consistency there – I generally just keep the Suunto t6 showing my Heart Rate (to keep below lactic threshold) and then when it beeps every km on autolap I check my progress.
The run as I said was in the dark – at the start someone tripped and fell and the race was spent looking for potholes (of which there are a few) although luckily I know the roads of the route quite well.
By 2km I was pretty much in the position I stayed in apart from 2 Ugandans who started late and came flying past at a good 3:20/km pace. Caught a couple of soldiers and got passed by a brit I have raced with and beaten a few times. Was a bit annoying as my legs were tired and I couldn’t quite get the muster to pass him again.
28m44s which was fine and I think around 20th or 21st of about 400-500 runners.
After pulling my calf muscle 3 days ago I wasn’t so sure about the 8km race I am supposed to do tomorrow morning and if my leg would hold up. Then found out about a smaller 5km race today (a live link to US Race for The Wounded Soldier). Small race about 180 people.
Went in for the race not intending to go very quickly but 1st km was a bit twingy then it seemed alright staying at that pace so kept going. Reeled in a few places until I was in 5th by 2.5km mark and stayed there until finish.
Average Pace – not really taking into account the 20knot wind – think I was more consistent than this
T-Shirt for first 100 coming – will put up photo then.