Hello fellow runners!
I went for my usual 6k run yesterday at 4.30pm, but had to head back after 1 lap of my usual Thursday route. The temp had hit 28c and I was really struggling. I managed 3.69km at 4:47/km, so better than I thought, but a disappointing distance being the shortest run since graduation. At least I started to break my new trainers in.
A bit cooler today, so after procrastinating about going out at lunchtime with the running club at work I decided I would go to make up for yesterday and I stuck my old trainers on, just in case we did the longer route. There was a record turnout of 5 runners today, and we did do the longer route. I did way better than I expected as the other runners have all belonged to this club since long before I even started running last October.
Matt (the coach) and I set off chatting about running in the heat and we soon pulled out a significant gap up the first hill and looped back behind the others. Further along the route he added 2 additional diversions adding a few hundred extra metres for me and himself, while the others continued on the usual route before we caught and passed them again. With 1.5k to go he looped back again to pick the other 3 up and I said I was too tired to loop again, so he said to carry on and he'd catch me up towards the end. To my surprise he didn't catch me, and when I stopped he was a good 50-75m behind! He said he'd picked up his pace for the last km to catch me, but couldn't get close. He was as surprised as I was!
I am VERY happy with that run