18 Sep 2017 /
21k around Whittlingham Broad
This was my last big run before the Wimpole HM in three weeks so the aim here was to run at HM race pace for as long as I could. I also wanted to get a feel for that pace so I can run it instinctively rather than looking at my watch all the time.
I planned to spend a couple of km warming up then set out at 4.10-4.15 km pace before easing up to 4.00-4.05 pace for as long as possible. But having cycled there I didn't really need much warm-up and went straight out at 4.15 pace. I thought I'd just go for it then and bounced between 3.57 and 4.17 pace for another 20km, averaging 4.07. Which, according to Strava gave me a 10k PB time of 40.59 and a 21k PB time of 1.27.14!
There wasn't much consistency in my pace, so I need to work on that but I think I'm getting a feel for what it's like running at threshold. I could've got it down maybe a minute under race conditions but I did try and accelerate for a 22nd km but stopped at 21.5. I wasn't expecting to run that fast for that far, so it's (of course) got me dreaming of breaking 1.25 now. Is that possible in three weeks? I think the priority is to avoid injury so probably not. But let's see!
Running around Whittlingham Broad was really nice. There was mist over the water when I arrived and it was really quiet. It got slightly busier towards the end with a few runners about, though there was only one time where I was able to chase someone. It might be better to go a bit later as more runners seemed to be arriving as I left. I wouldn't want to run around it too much but it was ideal for what I was after and the scenery is much better than running on Marriott's Way. One circuit is only 3.5 km. I ran six and a bit.