Well, I doubt Mo Farah will be too worried when I say I smashed the 10km record and I suspect I won't need to start booking tickets for Rio 2016 just yet... but I set a new P.B. last night!
I managed to take 2 minutes and 21 seconds off my 10km p.b. set last October, bringing my time down to 47:12… and that was during an 11km run. Really chuffed with this given most of my training has been on cardio endurance (distance) rather than cardio strength (speed) for the last few months. Just goes to prove, like building a house, if you have solid fitness 'foundations' then you can build up your fitness levels to new heights. I'm fitter now at 42 than I was at 21.
My iPod battery gave up the ghost after a kilometre or so but I'm guessing this was a blessing in disguise. This allowed me to concentrate on the sound of my feet - the quieter the better - indicating a light foot-fall. I'm really enjoying the Chi running technique and whilst I am nowhere near to mastering it, it has completely revolutionised my running style and efficiency. The first 8km last night felt easy despite it being 1-3 degrees C, dark, slippy, broken pavements and an 'undulating' course. I'm looking forward to seeing Nick again in early Feb and this time my better half and other members of ATHelite Triathlon Club will be coming along too.