Posted: Today at 12:08
South Bucks 10k today. Whilst I knew I was not on for my ultimate goal of sub 36, I thought I would be able to get a sub 37 on the books for this year after wind affected 37:06 and 37:05s. Conditions were as good as it gets today.
First 5k went well, nicely paced in a group of 3 in 18:12 and felt comfortable - plenty of time for the second 5k! The 6th k is a bit of an uphill drag and my pace fell off a bit here - never to be fully recovered! Still, all the following splits showed with a bit of digging deep I could still retrieve a sub 37. 9th k was a slightly down hill, and fast enough, but I really don't know what happened in the 10th. There is a tight turn and run in over gravel to the finish, but all I needed to do was a 3:45 to go sub 37. Despite mustering a sprint finish and just failing to hold off the runner behind, I went through the line in a very disappointing 37:02, so 3:49 for the last k! Last time out on this course was 36:23. The course is slightly different now as they have moved the start, which adds a little ascent at the start, but removes some of the off-road at the end.
The question now is do I just accept that my peak is a few years ago and at 47 I'll never break 36 now if I can't even go under 37 anymore? In which case I might as well give up trying and just accept the decline gracefully!