Thursday, 21 May 2009
WALTON PARK 5 MILE
I had not run here since 2003 when I ran 27.39, today I was hoping for sub 29 at least!
From the start I quickly got into a good group, we were moving along pretty fast but by the end of the first lap I got blown out the back as my legs gave way, 2 miles in 11 mins.
Now I was on my own and having to face the uphill section into the wind all on my own, up ahead I saw Dave Edwards of Liverpool Running club drifting off the back of the group I'd been in. This gave me something to concentrate on and I worked hard to catch him!
I got renewed confidence as I passed him , another Runner got blown out the back of the group and I now had a new challenge of catching him too, I pulled up to him and hoped he could work with me but I soon found myself moving away. 3 miles 17.03, I was feeling ok at this point and a sub 29 looked well on the cards as I started my final lap, but once I hit the headwind and uphill my wheels came off! Glancing at the Garmin showed I was crawling at 9 mph! After what seemed like a life time I reached the highest point on the course and now had a welcomed downhill towards the finish. I tried to sprint the final 100m but my post marathon legs were well shot!
29.07 DAM! I WAS NOT HAPPY!
I've got another 5 miler in a couple of weeks,
lets hope I can run closer to 28.30 !
1 mile warm up at m.p. pace 6.18, 1 mile hard 5.32, 4 x 1/4 mile 76, 76, 76, 75 = 42 mins
Big sandhills with Tess, enjoyed the run, easy aerobic pace = 1.38
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