Day: March 10, 2013
Sunday 10 March, 06:12
Cold, with a biting easterly wind. Window thermometer said 3C but car dashboard after the run was stuck firmly on 0C. Went for a 16 mile run, same route as last weekend. After snow and rain overnight I considered wearing old trainers, thinking of the mud and water underfoot on my route. But I decided on balance I’d be better off running a long distance in the new trainers, and avoid possible injury caused by clapped out kit.
It was just getting light as I stepped outside, as I’d planned an earlier than usual Sunday run so I could fetch Jacqui a McBreakfast for Mothers’ Day afterwards. Wrapped up well and set out at the same sort of pace I do for a 7 mile run. Felt the usual right leg niggle in the early miles but it wore off. There were puddles and mud but not as bad as I’d expected; still had to hurdle a few though. Carried 500ml water and 3 gels and used it all. I thought I was lucky to avoid the forecast rain and snow – a light snow shower around 16km, as I re-entered RV, was all I noticed.
At 13 miles I noticed my time was around 1:58:25, something similar to last week, so I pressed on. The last few km splits were crazy, the 24th km was 5:08 min/km I think, which is sprinting for me! Finished strong and knocked one and three quarter minutes off last weekend’s time. Very good bearing in mind the sloppy conditions and I wasn’t really trying for it until the last lap of RV.
Avg HR: 147bpm (would have been lower if I’d not sprinted the last lap of RV)
Avg pace: 5:33 min/km