I was in Cork at the beginning of this week and that kind of threw my training schedule off meaning I only ran once during the week. I skipped my long run and I think that meant I wasn't in the best shape to attempt a PB today. One of our faster runners said he would pace me along for a PB today with the aim of running in 21:15. We ran the first mile in about 6:35 which is over 10 seconds faster than I have run before, we also ran the first lap in 10:25 which is 15 seconds faster than I did it last week.
After the first lap I was exhausted and my legs felt very heavy. I tried to keep up knowing that a lap of 10:50 would have got me another PB however I wasn't able to keep it up. Neil did a good job in shouting at me often to make sure I didn't completely fall away in the second lap but I had taken too much out of my legs at the beginning.
The positives are that I ran my fastest mile and first lap ever and ran my third fastest 5km, which would have been my PB only a few weeks ago.
I collapsed in a bit of a heap at the end and after 2 minutes Neil dragged me up and said we need to do a warm down lap :-(. I protested a bit but a ran the extra 2.5km, I didn't time it but I would guess that we ran it in about 13:30. I stopped after the warm down lap but he carried on to complete a total of 10km.
I'll make sure to do some good stretches today and tomorrow so I am ready for an interval session on Monday.
Here is a link to my run and happy running all!
Hey Aftab, still a great time and it seems like you're the man to beat on the C25K forum! I've got a couple of minutes to make up but I take a little solace in the fact that I'm ahead of you on age grading Onwards and upwards!
Thanks and joking aside age grading is a very good concept. I'll be turning 30 in a few weeks time so I think that makes me one of the younger C25Kers. It's a bit unfair to compare my times with others who are older than me. The flipside is that I have to be running much faster to beat some of your age graded times!