Following yesterday’s 10 mile runs, I was at work last night finishing at 7 this morning.
I rushed home and managed a couple of hours sleep before the alarm went off. I was up, dressed and out of the door by 10, driving to the Centurion Grand Prix.
I arrived in plenty of time and whiled away the time chatting with some of the other runners.
Around 10:45, I took a slow jog (warm up) to the start area ready for the 11 o’clock start.
To make up the 5 miles, the course comprises of one lap of Babbs Mill Lake followed by two longer laps of the lake extended up to Cooks Lane.
Last month, I ran a conservative 8:58 per mile so to better that I needed to run a tad quicker – say 8:50?
With lots of encouragement from the onlookers, I started at a steady 8:45 per mile but I felt comfortable and this soon came down to 8:40 without really trying. With a mile to go, I was averaging 8:35 and still feeling alright.
Turning off Cooks Lane for the final time and with about half a mile to go, I sped up a smidge finishing in a time of 42:22. A PB for this year, beating last month by 2 minutes and 37 seconds. Happy Days !
As at yesterday’s parkrun, I ran a lot faster than I have in training but it felt good. A little speed session never goes amiss.
Unfortunately, there was no-one taking photos this time so here’s one from yesterday’s parkrun …
Another good week of running …
- 30 miles running
- 24 miles walking
- 2016 PB for parkrun
- 2016 PB for Grand Prix
… at least tomorrow is a rest day.