Run to coogee then around the cliffs to the north. Heaps of people out! It was like a festival! There were even people around the cliffs in parts which is pretty unusual. One couple I'm pretty sure was having sex, and another group of teenagers were definitely getting high.
Felt absolutely horrible though. Even the first km up the slight hill to Randwick was difficult and then coming home back up from Gordon's bay I almost had to walk I was feeling so rough. Something is definitely not right. Heart rate was also really high. About 5 minutes after stopping (from what was a pretty easy pace) my HR was still at 110 so I checked it manually and it was correct. Definitely going to take a couple of days off/very easy. House party at our place tonight and I really wanted to drink but not sure if it's a great idea :/
Supposed to be an easy run over to Richards. Actually felt really tough despite being mostly downhill or flat. I think I'm unwell in some way but not really sure what because I feel fine (admittedly I do feel quite tired) otherwise. Need to take it easy.
Still tired from the weekend and coughing a lot. To be honest felt pretty shabby at the start so was surprised to be able to get through the session feeling good at the end. Final 2k was a handicapped start, I found that chasing the others down really helped me get across the line.
Came fifth! 3rd if you don't count the kiwis! Pretty happy with that.
It all came down to navigation. I made only 1 significant error. Otherwise I was super careful the whole race and kept really good contact and took lots of careful bearings. So as a result I really didn't get a chance to run all that fast (which I think was ok since I wasn't 100% well). It's always a trade off between running speed and care in navigation and I think that I almost got the balance right, but was just a little too cautious at times. It was a conscious decision that I made because of the terrain to focus on nav at whatever the running speed cost. This shows in my splits. In general, each individual split is actually quite slow seeming to average somewhere around 10-11th fastest. But at the same time winsplits has only identified one mistake which was only ~1min so in a race like this it's clear that consistency is king.