Posted: 28/09/2014 at 16:58
Congrats on a PB Samir
my hm was great fun today. Zero pressure, no tactics just run to feel. It was to be a long threshold session to turbo my winter training. Got to race village late, managed to pick up my number, sorry scratch that, my name had 2 mins before start of race so no chance of a drink, toilet or warm up. Gun goes and I'm leading, wtf! Pass my parents and kids so they see me in the lead group with my surname on my chest. Major dad points! Pace feels easy and a load of chaps pass me. I'm happy bouncing along. Next few miles pass uneventful and get to 5m and smile as I look at the time remembering Rics comments yesterday. A nudge under 28. So no big shakes. I feel fine. My mind started to wander so I spend the next 5 miles interacting with the crowd. High fives, thumbs up, arms out asking for cheers. Get a big response particularly from the shortskirted cheerleaders. I'm finding myself slaloming from side to side, high fiving kids.
Mile 9 I start to real in groups in front, including a kenyan lead lady. I figure I must be on about a 75/76 but I have no idea what pace delivers what finish time so i continue to act the clown.
get to mile 11 and everything is ok so I chase after the chap in front. He is moving well and is a good 50m up but I'm motivated to catch him so I can use my sprint finish in front of my family. Takes me until 12.5 mile to overtake and I fly past and give myself a good 20m, turn into the final 400 and he won't come back as I have my game face on. Spot my kids and slow to call for them to run the last 100 with me, but they can't get over the fence and its taken too long...so I carry on and sprint, and its fast the crowd either side are loud. Hadn't paid attention to the time but looked up and saw 73.43.
fantastic! No hm training, spent the summer racing no further than 3000, ran to feel, no plan, dicked about with the crowd, slowed in the finish to get my kids to run and I'm only 30 odd secs off my PB. I'm buzzing! I wouldn't normally be happy not hitting a PB but today shows me I should smash that PB in the spring when I focus on it. I can't wait.