Run race ((street-O)) 42:43  * 9.3 km (4:36 / km)
I'd hoped that this morning was an aberration and it looks like it might have been.
Putting in a Wednesday night appearance was almost as much about doing business (in the form of offloading assorted items of Oceania carnival gear brought back from NSW) as it was about running. Once the run got under way, it looked reasonably routine and uninspiring for the first 15 minutes, although it was already obvious that we were a long way ahead of the clock.
At that stage I was about 80 metres behind Ian Davies, who might have found Kooyoora a bit beyond his current capabilities (I suspect 70 minutes will be the year's longest split) but is pretty quick on the streets. A route choice on the next leg sliced 50 metres off the gap, and when we were close together at the next control I decided to have a crack - the first time I've managed to successfully throw a surge at someone for ages. This fed into a pretty good second half, flowing well down the hills and attacking the climbs with some degree of confidence. It's still not remotely in the league of Bryan (who was four minutes ahead today) or Bruce, but it's progress - my kilometre rate tonight was on a par with the best I managed in daylight last summer.
I'm pleased by the signs of continued progress, and at present feel like I'm probably running as well as has been the case at any time since my initial Achilles-induced layoff in November 2009. There's still some way to go to get back to where I was in October 2009, but it's a start.