It’s been a busy weekend, starting with supporting Rhian in running the Grasshoppers Netball tournament on Saturday followed by Battersea park summer league, 5-aside football and a BBQ with the Ealing Eagles.
One of the running goals I set myself following the Manchester Marathon was to run a 10k in sub-45. I had 2 attempts earlier in the summer and managed a 47.03 and a 46.07. I was actually really happy with these at the time as my previous 10k PB was 53.14. Sunday’s summer league was my last chance for a while as I don’t have any other 10k in the diary until next year. As part of trying to achieve a sub-45 10k, I worked out I needed to get my 5k time down to around 21.30. Unfortunately, despite running a 22.33 a few months ago, the next two 5k’s failed to improve on this time. I did however achieve a 22.02 in a handicap race last Wednesday and this gave me the confidence to at least try and run sub-45.
My preparation for yesterday’s race was perfect. I’d had a couple of days off, I felt good, the weather was cool and the course was flat. No excuses. So I set off with sub-45 as my goal. The first mile was spot on, running at around 7.10min/mile, but I lost a bit of concentration in the second mile and my pace dropped off a bit. I picked it up for the 3rd mile but at the half way stage I was 15 seconds behind target – I would have to run close to my 5k PB during the second half of the race. I picked up the pace slightly for mile 4 and still felt really good. Mile 5 was slightly faster again and I decided to go for it over the last mile and a bit. I was running at below 7min/miles. It was tough but I kept on going. A couple of fellow Eagles were going for sub-45 as well and I knew if I could catch them I would be ok. I felt awful coming into the last half a mile but I kept on going and maintained the quicker pace and came home in 44.46. The 2nd 5k was 22.01 (a new PB). I clearly haven’ been pushing myself during my 5k’s.
I was over the moon. This was a real stretch target for the year and I’m confident now of achieving the my last running goal of the year – a sub 1.40 half marathon. My first attempt will be at the Maidenhead half on 7th September – watch this space.
And we won the Eagles 5-aside football tournament.