Tuesday evenings are running club night and the routine is usually the same with all us runner pairing up with those wanting to run the same distance. Tonight I only fancied running 3 miles/5k because I am running glow in the park tomorrow night and I didn't want to feel to fatigued. So me and my friend grabbed the preplanned route and was quickly joined with another pair and we headed out.
The route was to a halfway point then back. I always make a point of looking at my watch only at the half way point and after I cross the imaginary finish line when I check I was very surprised to see 12.58, it couldn't be surely? We turned around and headed back to the clubhouse.
Less than 500 metres to the finish and the more experienced runners open up into a sprint finish and this time I wanted to follow. The burst of speed shocked me a little, I was a sprinter at school but I haven't felt the rush of adrenaline of pushing myself like that for a long time!
I crossed the imaginary line and reached for my watch! But what was this? 25.19? Surely that's wrong? How on earth is that possible? I ask the other runners their times and we are all seconds apart. I then start reasoning that maybe the route was short but one of my fellow runners checks her gps and it's saying 3.2 miles!! Oh my days! I've just knocked 4 and a half minutes off my time! That's just crazy! I really am shocked. Totally gobsmacked.