Posted: Yesterday at 23:03
Just back from Watford open 3000. I aimed for 9:15. I ran 9:15.39.
However, I actually feel a bit frustrated, because I think I completely misjudged it. My last 3000 I started with a psychotic 68 second opening lap. This time I was too slow, 77 instead of the 74s I needed. This put me in the pack when I should have been near the front of my heat. Ran the first 4 laps in lane 2, verging on lane 3. Then, in the final 3 laps, when it had settled into a leading group of 4, including the great GB prospect Bobby Clay, I left it too late to push hard and finished 3rd (behind Clay and another quality young woman, Amy griffiths), feeling far, far too fresh. At no point did I enter the pain box. I should have tried to smash the last 3 laps, not leave it to 600m to go, because I don't have the pace to make a fast last 600 really painful.
Oh well, almost a 10 second PB, I just wish I hadn't run like a numpty.