Mathmatical Running..

Sat – 60min turbo, 60min swim, 30min core
Sun – Phoenix 5miles

Phoenix races provided a nice excuse to hang around in the rain all day, counting the water droplets as they plip-plopped off my nose. I jest – it was a lovely day.

The important detail, of course, is the time it took me. Disclaimer: this time is about to be followed by a list of excuses…

My 5 mile time was 38min14. This disappointed me at first, because i’m pretty sure I did about that time, if not less for the undercliff 5miles (8k) run over a year ago.

However, a bit of further consideration leads me to think this is ok: slight hill on each lap of the 4 lap course, I did 2.5hrs training the day before, and had to STOP TO TIE MY SHOELACE (epitome of not cool).

That, and this time last year I couldn’t swim and I didn’t do any biking, so I imagine adding those into training, and cutting down on running I can only expect foot-stamping speed to have suffered a bit.

With the above limitations in mind, I would hope I could maintain that speed for the Brookes 10k on Sunday. (Actually I hope to go faster but I hate admitting expectation because it’s hideously embarrassing if you don’t hit it. I can deal with being disappointed, but not with people knowing about it… )So – the plan is to use the average km speed from yesterdays race for the first 6km, then go on feel after that.

And – of course – make sure I use elastic laces. Stopping to secure a shoe is not a good way to get a PB – and I’m pretty sure, with the several thousand runners booked in for next weekend, it might be a bit of a stampede..

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