Whilst I like to maintain a certain pace and measure myself against it, today I was literally running against the clock.
I had decided this morning to do my 8k long run for the week, whilst Harry was at his tennis lesson- 45 minutes. (It was too cold at 6:30 am – 3c – but only 4c at 8:30).
I figured that I could easily run 8k in under 45 minutes, which is 5:40minute/k pace. I dropped Harry (and the car) off at Tennis at 8:30am and started my run.
I felt tired to start with as I’d only completed my previous 7k run 13 hours ago and this route was a completely new one for me -it started with an incline!
Just after the 4k mark (21:30) I did a quick calculation and thought I was going to cut it fine for Harry’s finish time, so I changed route to be closer to the Tennis club around the 7k mark and then cut the run short if need be.
I needn’t have worried -I completed 8k in under 44 minutes and the tennis lesson ran late! I am now up to 28k for the week and 34k for the month -well on track for my second consecutive 100k months.
Next week my Saturday run is 10k, so I’ll have to miss the run whilst Harry’s at his lesson – sub 45 for 10k would be a dream, but at this stage it’s a long way from my capabilities.