Thanks Grendel, no way I could have given anything other than 100%, especially with Mrs JR in attendance! Hope fully it will spur me on towards 23 minutes over the next few months. I think from next month the course changes to the town due to light but three hills this time. Those tempo runs will have you flying even faster soon.
Looking forward to a report B2B.....
Missed Fridays run as Mrs JR had the afternoon off. We don't get any time together without the kids so had lunch but we will be running together Friday afternoons from now on which will be nice. Parkrun has taken a back seat due to the kids football and I think we have just one Saturday morning free over the next three months unless a game is cancelled.
Went out this morning for a long run, taking it nice and easy over a new route. I took my usual route along the canal before heading along the lanes, taking a turn i've never taken before. This extended my usual route from 5 miles to 9, rejoining my normal course for the last 3 miles. I had ditched a drink in the hedge for halfway but was pretty comfortable without one. 9 miles in 1:25 average 9:29mm.
Never had food poisoning Grendel, fingers crossed it's mild food poisoning then!
Well done slinger. Nothing like a run to give the tired legs a reminder what they're for. No doubt the next run will be so much easier for getting a run in so quickly after the half.
Handicap run done tonight on what was described as "not a pb course" by everyone there. The advice from some was run slow and win next month but didn't fancy that as felt pretty good. Mrs JR and I set off together with an estimated time of 26 minutes. We set off downhill before run through the village and turning left uphill. Not quite sure yet how long the hill was but around 3/4 mile. It was bloody hard work but tried to keep the arms pumping. Turning left at the top we ran along the main road which was around a mile long and quite dark under the trees. It was tough going along there as it seemed to go on forever but we eventually turned left again and headed back toward the village. I managed to lose my bearings at this point and ran straight past the next turn. Luckily Mrs JR wasn't far behind and shouted to me. I hadn't gone too far and managed to double back and take the turn just ahead of Mrs JR and a young runner who had caught up with us. There was a downhill stretch and three slower runners ahead of me so I pushed on again overtaking the three of them just entering the home stretch. I realised at this point I was in first place and could hear footsteps behind me. I rounded the final bend and passed the post first with Mrs JR around 30 seconds behind. Finished in about 24:05 and certainly had a bit more to give so pleased. As it was our debut I couldn't be the winner though so will have to get a move on next month with a proper handicap mark.