So in brief, I arrived at the venue at 5.15, before the organisers even got there!
Got myself changed and took my time over my warm up. Saw Muddy, we went for a steadier jog then I made my finals preps including relubing my inner thighs due to the impact of my super short shorts.
We then got called to the start. It was a narow pathway and I was conscious of positioning myself in a fair position. The race started and I was stampeded with people flying past. This led to me upping my pace so as not to have people tutting at me for starting too far forward.
Mile 1 came in at 6.04 and by this point the field had thinned out and I spent the rest of the race slowly overtaking runners. I found myself running during mile 2 with 3rd lady. I knew she was a reasonable runner as she had beaten me narrowly at the Droitwich 10k recently. I considered sitting with her (if I was Skinny I probably would have as it presented rather pleasant viewing) but as we went around the difficult section of the loop, where much of the climbing was, together with a headwind, I could sense her struggling so I pulled in front of her. I expected her to come back later in the race but she never did, finishing some 30 seconds behind me I'd estimate.
The middle miles settled quite a bit coming in at 6.12, 6.16 and 6.16. Mile 5 landed in such a way that it incorporated all the hardest parts of the course and I was feeling a bit tired by then. I knew though that a sub 7mm would see me to a pb. The final 400 metres or so seemed to go on and on and I was in a world of lactate pain and felt like I was barely moving.
Having speculated on the weekend that the vomit days might be behind me, as I got within 50m of the line the desire returned, however I sucked it up and held firm, saving my best for the finish funnel. Mile 5 was 6.27 so not as terrible as it felt, particularly given in terms of profile it was also a hard mile. Time on watch was 31.29 (probably rounded to 31.30) for circa 30 second pb.
I managed to find a sink with hot water to have a wash in before Muddy and I engaged in some highly technical HR talk. Muddy unfortunately declined the opportunity to wash and continued running.
Good running Dr Dan. Do you feel like you are continuing to improve on the First stuff? I know you are only quasi following it right now.
5 mile race last night. This was now my oldest pb having run 31.59 in the same race last year. Plan was to run it at 6.15 pace. In the end my average pace was 6.15 but I did it the hard way with a 6.04 first mille and 6.27 last mile coming in for 31.29 on watch so probably 31.30.
So since turning 40 in January ive pb'd at 5k (twice), 5 mile, 10k, half marathon, 20 mile and marathon. The only outstanding distance is 10 miles which is probably my strongest 30s pb as was set 3 weeks before my 40th. I only have 1 go at that, being the race my pb was set in, in December.
Mild pb tonight. 31.29 on watch. I'm fact average pace was 6.15 though I got caught up in a 6.02 first mile leading to a 6.27 last mile. It was a quite heavy evening with a bit of headwind and 200 foot of climbing. All in all reasonably satisfied.
Muddy and I are off to Harvester now for a sweaty dinner.