The end of January/start of February was a week of mixed successes. The routine was completely thrown out for the first half of the week after a call from Ofsted meant that work became more important.
However in the second half of the week, I took full advantage of being a bit fresher and hit a couple of new PBs.
After the 15 miler on Sunday last week, I really felt the strain, muscles were tight and I had plenty of aches and pains. Monday morning’s exercise was delayed until the afternoon (or so I thought) and then the phone call meant I couldn’t do my run and gym session. I finally got out on the road again on Wednesday for a short run and Thursday was another ‘rest day’.
I ordered a new lead for the dog so that running with him could be a bit easier. Friday evening resulted in a new 5km PB of 20:11 – shaving a good minute and a half off of my previous best.
This morning I headed in to London for my second Cancer Research Winter Run with plenty of aches and pains of the previous exertions. I wasn’t hopeful of the result I got but I was certainly over the moon. A new 10km PB and a pretty decent finishing position!
The event is one of the best organised I’ve been to, flawless execution at the start with a smooth transition at the end of the course. Food and refreshments were good quality and the support around the course was great. I would highly recommend it for anyone thinking of doing a 10k next year. It happens to coincide with world cancer day and I suppose the losses of recent years were spurring me on through the run today.
I’ve got to up the mileage again though this week coming in order to reach the 100 mile mark again in a shorter month. Riding the high of a really successful weekend should provide some additional motivation to get through to the long run next weekend.