It’s been a good week! Keen to build on my relatively successful 5k last Saturday I risked the weather and hit the roads on Wednesday afternoon. This worked out well as I dodged the rain, whereas the next morning was very wet. As I mentioned last week, I don’t always have a route in mind when I head out and on Wednesday I ended up on a hilly route. After almost 2.5 miles of going up I was so pleased to hit the downhill and enjoyed getting a bit more speed into my legs. Returning home I had completed another 4.5 miles and had done it almost three minutes quicker than my 4.5 miles the previous week (the painfully slow run).
I have a confession to make… I track my runs on a spreadsheet. My Garmin watch records the run and the data is loaded from Garmin to Strava, but I also record the miles on excel along with which shoes I was wearing so that I have an idea of how many miles my shoes have done. When logging the above 4.5 miles I noticed that YTD I was so close to reaching my goal of 300 miles and that if I went out on Friday and did about 4 miles then I would reach the 300 at the Borders League race today [all this to explain why I was running on Friday!]
So, Friday morning I was out in the autumn sun, it was a lovely morning and pretty soon I’d returned home with another 4.5 miles done. Checking my stats I realised I’d completed this about two and a half minutes faster than my Wednesday run, meaning I’d knocked over five minutes off my time in less than two weeks.
Which brings me to today and the second Borders League race. I’d like to say I was pleased with my run, and I guess I was, but coming in third from last didn’t show exactly how well I had done. I know that I couldn’t have put any more into it, and at the end of the race my right shin was extremely sore (to the point that I thought I’d be back on the sofa for the next few days – thankfully this eased relatively quickly). But pushing myself that hard and coming third from last, well… it was a litte disappointing.
It was a beautiful morning for a run, autumn sun filtering through the trees and a slight chill in the air, some might say perfect. The event was well managed and the marshals were so friendly and supportive. The only downside was the hill… and what a beast of a hill it was. However, what goes up, as they say, eventually we hit the downhill – alleluia! Official result not yet confirmed but my estimate of 47 minutes for the 4.4 miles means that I’d knocked another two minutes off my 4.5 mile time, even with that hill!
In just two weeks my time for a 4.5 mile run has dropped from 55 to 48 minutes, that’s pretty incredible and, actually, what matters more than my third from last finish.
Have a great week, Kx