My aim for today's run was about 26 minutes. I have a 10 mile training run tomorrow and I thought I should reserve some energy for it. I told a few of the Parkrun regulars that I would be running a slower one today and was told I was young enough to be able to go a bit faster! However it was my full intention to run a slightly slower one today.
I got to the half way point and the guy timing shouted out my time "half way point 12:15". Bit of mental maths told me that I was at my PB pace and I felt like I had a lot of energy left. The ankle is now about 95% and gives me no issues when running, so I felt that I could step on it in the 2nd lap. I overtook two people that I had encouraged me to run a bit faster and on the final two straights I pushed myself a lot. I was gasping for air by the end and was all but blind with all the water on my glasses but 24:13 was a good time.
When we all finished one of the guys came over to me and said "26 mins, my ar*e!"
I didn't run the 1st lap as fast as I could which was why I had the energy to push on at the end, I have been consistently improving so I feel like I am on for a 23min 5km by the end of the year.
So 10 miles tomorrow. Bring it on.
Here is a link to my run: