Yesterday's (Sunday) run was solid enough over the 8 miles but naturally the hilly route dulled the leg speed. So today I wanted to make the 6 miler as flat as possible and ensure that each mile was at or around 8.30 mins. pace.
But try as I might the first inertia stalled mile showed only 8.47. Pushing on, perhaps with a breeze behind miles 2 and 3 showed good acceleration at 8.17 and 8.04. Better!
I would need to push on hard doing 1.27 to hit the 50 minute
target. 1.26...............49.59! Nice one as they say.
Now I would have been extremely disappointed with that time yesterday in a proper race situation but for a Monday lunchtime running solo, with full winter attire on, I'll put that down as another (big) step forward especially considering the first 2 miles. Figure the second 5K in just over 24 mins.
The way the weeks shape up Monday is very often my easy day with a rare Saturday race planned this week a rethink was necessary and it worked out well....for once.