Sunday 26 February, 07:53
A sunny day, starting at a cold 5C and rising to 10C by the time I’d finished and stretched. Went for a 16 mile run – my usual 13 mile route with an extra lap of Rother Valley. Was surprised at the early pace, was feeling good so kept it going. Was trying to use my glutes a bit and think that helped the pace. Found a £1 coin followed by £1.80 in coins on the path, so this was a profitable run. Around 20km, where I’d usually exit RV, the time was 1:53:40 so I knew the pace was good (for me). 21.1km came up in 1:58:45, and I thought I’d ease off and go into get-me-home pace, but it stayed around 5:40 min/km. Right calf only niggled during the first mile or two, felt OK through the rest though it didn’t have the bounce of the left leg.
Time: 2:26:46 (my two November 16 milers were around 2:34)
Avg HR: 156bpm
Avg pace: 5:39 min/km