I was comfortable enough but a sore rib (possibly injured due to an aggressive sneeze!) was giving me some gip (any deep breathing has painful all week).
Only 5 laps to go.
Its hard to say I was fully racing as running alone its just the mind-games you play with yourself to push as hard as is comfortable. At times I was pushing myself at other times I was just cruising not even thinking about anything in particular. Lost in thought or listening to a marching band play Amazing Grace with bag pipes and drums drifting across the river for the City to South festival. A Calypso band was playing further along the river but I was unable to distinguish any of their tunes.
The good thing about doing loops and crossing a start finish line with a running clock its easy to check and compare on progress. 10km in 36;21 (18;33) wasn't as quick as a fortnight ago during the 25km. 55;10 (18;49) at 15km I was about a minute behind. I wanted to run around 1;50 and realized I was going to miss that target at 20km 1;14;18 (18;58 my slowest 5km but happy to at least keep them all inside 19 minutes).
25km 1;32;58 (18;49) compared to last fortnights 1;30;46. I needed to run 17mins for a 1;50;00.! Instead I finished off with a 18;38 to record a 1;51;36. (on my Garmin/Strava which recorded 30.2km that's 3;41min K's).
The Colossus of Master Running, Norm Green ran 30km in 1;46 at 56y.o. and 1;49 as a 57y.o. incredible.
Read about the Rev. Green here; and here see his running stats here some discussion about his incredible training regime here
I had some pain in the feet during the run but nothing too bad, the rib had far more of an impact. I hope to get back into some mileage this week after recovering from Sunday.
Gold Coast is only 4 weeks away now.
|25km splits for comparison|
|Splits from my Half Mara in April where Clay dragged me around the first 6km.|