Posted: Yesterday at 21:33
Aws - 10 minute miling is not slow in my book.
Impey - you're certainly piling up those parkruns! - I hope to do my 3rd in a couple of weeks time as I shall be in London.
Today was the day of the local 10-mile race, the Elan Valley 10. It's a (roughly) circular course, so there's as much down as up, but plenty of both. It didn't rain, the sun shone intermittently, not too windy, and I did it in 2 hours 1 minute 19 seconds, which was a PB of 3 and a half minutes, to my amazement and delight. I was not last, - two came in behind me. For most of the way round there were three behind me, but one of them (another F70, whom I have met before at other races in this area) came past me somewhere between mile 8 and mile 9, by which time I had no oomph left in my legs and just had to let her go.
It's a beautiful area, and because there's been a lot of rain in the last week, the water was pouring and foaming over the big dam where we started from, and the rivers (the Wye - and the Elan, we ran alongside both), plus all the little streams feeding into them, were galloping along. Plus, all the leaves are changing colour and glowing in the sunlight.
Legs aching, but pleased with myself.