I have taken it easy since my half marathon 2 weeks ago. In the first week I didn't run until the following weeks Parkrun. This week I've run two easy pace 5kms at the gym and decided today to run as fast as possible at Parkrun.
I set my Garmin up so I could race against my PB of 23:02, this is a very good function which helps me pace myself. Our neighbouring Parkrun is still cancelled due to damage from the storm so we had a lot of visitors which helped me beat my PB.
I started reasonably fast and after 1km I found myself behind a regular runner who I know runs each km faster than the last, so I decided to keep close to him for as long as possible. At 1km I was slightly behind my PB time per the Garmin. At 2km I was slightly ahead of the time and still within touching distance of my pacemaker. At 3km he started to pull away but still wasn't too far ahead, but at 3.5km I couldn't increase my speed to match his. At this point I was about 10 seconds ahead of my PB and I was tiring but was motivated to carry on.
I also overtook a visiting runner who was around 15 years old at this point. This must have annoyed him because he overtook me about a minute later. I tried to overtake him but he kept increasing his pace slightly so it wasn't possible. I stopped looking at my watch at this point because I was concentrating on keeping up with the kid. With about 50m left I tried a sprint finish to overtake him but he matched my speed at finished a few seconds ahead of me.
I stopped my watch and it showed a time of 22:28! Over 30 seconds off my previous PB!! After getting my barcode scanned I found the kid and thanked him for pushing me to my PB, he said that he was over a minute slower than his PB today so he wasn't very happy with his time!
I didn't set my fastest individual km this time, however I was consistently fast. I think this is due to the half marathon training that I have been doing. My aim for the end of the year is a sub 22 min time and before I thought this would be very difficult. However I think with my speed work and strength training plan this should be achievable.
Happy running everyone!
Here is a link to my run: