Saturday 23 February, 08:26
Cold, 0C, high grey cloud with the sun trying to peep through. A chill breeze from the north. Went for the usual 13 mile route. Tried to do the same sort of pace I do for a 7 mile run, difficult with the hills on this route but I felt good and pressed on. By the time I was re-entering Rother Valley I knew I was on a good pace and I cruised around the park still with plenty of bounce in my stride. Carried 2 gels and 500ml water and used it all. Felt right leg niggle a bit but hardly any other niggles. Feels like my winter training is paying off 🙂
I’ve checked through past records and as far as I can see this is a clear PB for this 13 mile route, and also looks like my fastest half to date. Run #378 in Jan 2012 on this route was 2:03:10. The Central Lancs Half in that same month is my best race half at 1:58:38, which was just better than last Sunday’s run on this route at 1:58:42. Really pleased with the time today, average pace, and how strong I felt throughout. I had good form and ran mostly landing on the balls of my feet, giving me a good spring.
Time: 1:55:38 (THREE minutes off my PB!)
Avg HR: 149bpm
Avg pace: 5:30 min/km