Sunday of week 8, the rest and recovery week and it was a gorgeous Spring morning. I figured after 3 days rest it would be a good time to do my 4 weekly 10k time trial. Covering most of the women’s 10k route it should give me an idea of how I’m doing with my running.
The thought of running this fast today was a little daunting… I’d done it last time at the end of January in the morning before work and just ran as fast as I could. I felt great after it. Averaging 7:27 minute miles (8mph) I finished in 46:22, my PB for the distance.
Today I think I maybe started out too fast… finished the first mile in 7:19 (8.2 mph) and felt it after mile 3… my breathing was laboured and I felt almost like I had a stitch at parts… I had to really think about my breathing and powered on through. At 3.1 miles, halfway I was 23:15 so on target for 46:30, but I knew I’d run the first mile fast so I was pretty sure I wouldn’t get that.
I was spitting a lot, probably dehydrated from not drinking enough over the last few days…. but still managed to push on mile 5 and 6 to finish in 46:36, 7:29 minute miles. 14 seconds slower than last time, but really just 2 seconds a mile slower than last time.
My heart rate was very similar to the last time, which was interesting considering how much harder I felt this one was. It was probably harder because I put the pressure on myself to try and beat that previous time..and knew I probably wouldn’t.
I took a wrong turn after Maxwell Drive which meant I had to add a wee extra bit to make it up to 6.2 miles at the end. I ran down Albert Drive instead of running onto Aytoun Drive like I should have done at about the 5 mile mark. Never mind. 🙂
Run: 10k, 46:36, Pace: 7:29, 8.0mph, Calories: 647.
Ave HR: 167 (88%), Max HR: 180 (95%)
Time until Lochaber Marathon: 6 weeks.
340 mile challenge: 197 miles completed, 143 miles to go.