Running 14:23  5.0 km (2:53 / km) +21m 2:49 / km
shoes: Saucony Fastwitch
Mid Cheshire 5km - Season Opener 14.23
Was supposed to get the train at 15.40 but ended up sleeping through my alarm and waking up at 16.00. This was alarming, if you'd pardon the pun, because it signalled I'm still quite sleep deprived with the big shifts in the library going on. Ended up having to drive, mad rush to fill up the car, got to glossop and the expected arrival time had gone from 18.30 to 19.05 on google maps.Thankfully, google found a cheeky route through Marple Bridge saving me 15 minutes. New ETA was 18.50, gave it the beans on the motorway and I got there at 18.40. 5 minutes before they closed the roads and just enough time to get a half decent warm up routine in.
Race started fast, tucked in behind Richard, sensibly a bit off the front pack and went through the first K in 2.43, leaders must of done sub 2.40. Then around 1500 the front condensed and I found myself nicely tucked in the back of the front pack with some big names. Worked hard on the hill which was quite substantial seeing as it ended up in a 2.59 km. Long stretch up top and I was barely hanging onto the pack. By the turn with a 1km to go the race had split apart but I had the energy to put in a good charge and finish strong in a 2.44.
Overall, happy to PB given the circumstances. Plus the last two 5ks I've done I've felt like I can push the whole way even after a fast start, I think I've grown more into the distance since last year which is promising heading into track. However, I still believe I've got a breakthrough race in me where I can really burst onto the scene. I'm not far off athletes that are training full time, going away on altitude camps and training in proper groups whilst I've been stuck in the library pushing myself in training. Really looking forward to kicking on over the summer with the boys back at AFD.
Running 28:45  5.49 km (5:14 / km) +47m 5:01 / km
shoes: Nike Structure 21
Decent warm down partly with Williams discussing his miracle PB and life in general. Good chat.