--so sang Sir Elton John -- and so am I ( but only just) after running my longest training run yet this morning - 15 klm. I am running out of time until 10 August - and I want to get another one of these in before I go to the "race" itself.
The pic above is the topography of today's run and the pacing of it - the peak of the terrain is around 80 metres
I seem to have 2 paces when I run - my 5K Parkrun pace is around 7 mins per K ( a little faster for my PB) and I managed to do that pace in the 8.3Klm funrun that I did last Sunday. My slow, conversational longrun pace is around 8 minutes per Klm. I have only ever wanted to finish this upcoming 14K race in an upright position - last year there were 83,000 runners and walkers, of them 14,000 DNF!! There were 1685 entrants in the male 60-70 age group - and an 8 minute pace will land me right in the centre of the finishers of that lot. (about 240 of them DNF)
Runkeeper does not give a very good graph of pace - it would be good if it was more "analyzable" but it seems that my pace across the whole distance is fairly constant , even up and down hills!! I think it makes me look like an Army Tank - slow and steady
There was a time after I signed up for this race that I wondered could I even walk the 14ks??? So it looks like I can - and I think I will be able to dance again within 24 hours. Right now - I think it is time for a couple of beers.