It was a nice crisp morning this week with the temperature at 0 degrees. I stopped to take a photo as I entered Barking Park and it looked lovely. It isn't clear from the photo but there was a little bit of ice on the path and that made it slippery at parts. It was therefore difficult to really push hard because whenever I ran a bit faster my foot slipped slightly before getting some grip.
I wasn't sure what kind of time I could go for because of the conditions. I ran my normal 1km warm up and ran it faster than normal just to try and warm up but I was slipping a bit.
I set off at a reasonable pace but was never comfortable enough to fully commit around corners and on slippery parts and this showed on my times because I was about 5 seconds slower than PB pace at the end of the first lap. I knew a PB wasn't possible so I set my mind on getting my 2nd fastest time. I was running along with someone and we pushed each other along, whenever I pushed a bit he kept up with me. At the 4km mark he pulled ahead of me slightly and I wasn't able to catch him but I kept him very close and with a strong finish I achieved a time of 21:30. Considering the conditions I am very happy with the time and feel that I can keep improving my times.
Happy running all and here is a link to my run: