Most of my run days are around 5Klm long -- but I have basically given up monitoring my pace for them as I am ultimately training for a longer run in a couple of months time. So I mix these runs up a bit - sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes REALLY slow and also do a run/walk Long Run.
But once per month, it is "Pacer" day at my local Parkrun and, because my latest runs have all been fairly easy, I decided to "GO FOR IT!" today. My PB at my local Parkrun was 35minutes 20 seconds - but I had done 34minutes13 seconds at another venue. So I thought I would tuck in behind the 35 minute Pacer and see how I go. The problem with my Parkrun is that we have an old rail bridge at the 4Klm mark with a long gradual grind up onto it -- usually by this time I am tired and I have been known to succumb to the little voice in my ear telling me to walk!! The Pacer started out fairly fast (or so I thought) - and I wondered if I would be able to keep it up. At the 1Klm marker, we were at 6 minutes - where we should have been at 7 minutes -- Hold ON!! This is too fast for me - she is running at a 30 minute pace.!! So I slowed down and monitored my own times on my stopwatch at subsequent kilometre markings. I did finally catch up to her around the 3.5 klm mark - she obviously had realised that she was going too fast and slowed right down -- but I kept on past her. That last Klm was torture!! But I came in at 33minutes and 7seconds -- 2 minutes below my previous PB -- very pleased with that for an old F****. I can't get over that this only places me at 51% of the age graded ladder -- apparently the fastest 5K time for my age group of 65-70 is 17 minutes and 5 seconds !!!!! AAAGH!!