Nice one Phil. Always nice when you've time in the bank and still able to lift it a notch more.
I've got some boosts which I do my steady, long runs etc in. Thinking of getting some myself Dachs for the Abbeydash. I took 4 pairs of trainers to Sundays race and drew straws for which to wear. The ones I wore are getting binned. that's two shot runs I've had in them.
Just back from the green drive 5 mile race. Had an absolute stinker. ???? I spotted a few faces who i thought I'd be in the mix with. One had just ran a marathon last week and was running on tired legs and I certainly felt I should be in the mix with the other 2. First mile in 5.06 and sat in 6th. Eased off slightly as I didn't want to overcook it and a good 30 metres or so off the front 3. One being a lad from Stoke (Langford)
Second mile in 5.12 and still feeling good and I went past one bloke. I think that it's toward the back of the 3rd mile that we take a left turn and hit the headwind which had been forecast at 27mph. That mile came out at 5.18 and I knew the sub 26 had gone as I still had miles 4 and 5 into the wind. The lad from Stoke had dropped off the front 3 and I went past him and was still prob 30m or so off the front 3. Looked at my watch and it was 6.10 miling at around the 3.5 mile point. Just had to dig in and try and stay with the front.
Legs had really started to go by now and I started to drift further away. All in all mile 4 and 5 were a death march and splits of 5.46 and 5.53 tell the story. It's not so much the 27.20 finish time that's bothered me, it's the fact I expected to be in the mix with all 3 of those that finished well in front of me. The lad who won wasn't in the lead group until the 4th mile and was only 20 m or so up on me yet ran 26.17.
Wind or no wind, my legs went from 3.5 mile onwards after a relatively comfortable first 5k in 16.11. I averaged 5.27 miling which is the same pace as what I ran the half in. Pissed off. Haha.