I was up and out early again this morning (wah! I want my lie in!) to cycle to Hyde Park to meet Alma (@plustenner) (but unfortunately not Carla (@-fit-flo), we missed you!) for the Hyde Park 10K.
With no train or parking issues (which we had at Regents Park last month), we collected our race numbers and negotiated the loo queue well before the start. A two lapped course on very familiar paths around the Serpentine. I started well on target pace but struggled to get into it today and enjoy it. There was a cold wind and I’d taken off my second layer to avoid over heating so I felt the cold for the first mile or so. I warmed up, but was then wishing it was only a 5K because my stomach was growling with hunger, bits of my legs ached and my mind was weakening.
My marathon plan gives me targets for each 4 week period. This month it was to complete a sub 54 minute 10K. No problem I thought, I ran 52.49 at Regents Park in December. But finding it tough going between 4 and 6K today I was doubting being able to run under 55 minutes and had to grit my teeth and battle on.
I was eventually very happy to cross the line in 53.00. Job done, target achieved. It obviously wasn’t so bad a run as it felt at the time!
Alma and I were then met my Louise (@abradypus), after another long run for her, and we all went off for an essential part of marathon/ultra training… Brunch. Eggs, coffee etc and a catch up before I cycled home. In fact as brunch was such an important part of the morning I think it should be seen as a training discipline in its own right and therefore my Janathon effort today was probably a triathlon not a duathlon!
Janathon day 19. 3.25 miles cycled, 10K run, Brunch eaten, 3 miles cycled.