Great South Run

Well, unbelievably it all went pretty much to plan.

Despite having a very poor night’s sleep on Saturday, not getting to sleep til 3am it was a good day. It was bloody cold leaving the house to drive to the train station and I was mentally running through how much or little I was prepared to wear whilst running as we scraped the remaining ice from the windscreen.

However by the time we reached Southsea seafront the sun was shining, it was beginning to feel almost warm and remarkably there was very little wind. There was therefore, no excuse for not running a good time. No pressure then!

I was definately wanting to beat my PB from 2007 of 1:08:09 and with a years worth of endurance training from The Outlaw I was pretty sure I could achieve that – 65 minutes was goal A.

I managed to get to the front row of the orange wave and got a good view of the elite women setting off as was then right behind the elite men and fast paced club runners meaning that when the gun went there was little traffic in front of me.

I felt very comfortable for the first couple of miles, clocking them at 6:26 (my slowest of the race) and 6:18. Running with pretty much the same group of people all the way round I felt good clocking my fastest mile at mile 6 (where there was most support) of 5.59. It began to hurt about mile 7 but I pushed on as best I could with a (relatively) slow mile 8 of 6:21.

Turning the corner at Eastney with 2 miles to go I knew that I was on for a good time. A couple of guys were pushing ahead but equally I was passing a few others. I tried to finish with a quick last mile trying to accelerate with 1k to go and got a final mile time of 6:10.

I crossed the line very happy in a time of 1:02:54 – over 2 minutes ahead of my A schedule. So overall very pleased, and particularly with the pacing as it was pretty even at an average of 6:17 minute miles, a first five miles of 31.24 and a second five miles of 31:30.

There was a decent heart rate trace as well averaging 165 bpm. Cardiovascularly I felt fine at the end with my heart rate recovering within a minute or so but my legs stiffened fairly quickly as well. I ran through the finish area to watch the wife finish her race and waited for twenty minutes without much movement which I suppose didn”t help.

Still a five minute PB was well above what I had hoped for – makes me think that going under the hour for 10 miles in the future may be possible!