Gave Will a lift out to Homebush this morning. 93% humidity according to MPH. Very sticky it turned out to be. We arrived at about 6:20 and there would have already been about 100 cars in the carpark. Turns out we had 350 finishers for the race today. Huge!
I wasn't expecting any PB's with my last, what I call speed session in mid January. But as MPH pointed out I have been doing fast downhill rep sessions which need high leg turnover. I guess he has a point.
Just tried to start off slow keeping the speed in me for the whole 10k and not the 1st k. A 3:43 1st k was ok. Kept going at that pace with 7:32 for 2k, 11:15 for 3k, 15:05 for 4k and going through the 5k in 19:01. Drenched in sweat at this stage and I wasn't feeling good about doing another 5k at that pace.
Next 2k went by in a slack 8minutes with me at 27:01 on the 7k marker. There are a few hairpin turns and a hill between the 5-7k but I think the foot came off the pedal too much. And panic set in as I thought the PB was sliding away at this point.
Finally did some work and was at 8k in 30:56 and then the sand pit 9k mark in 34:53. The foot was back on the gas and I belted the last k passing about 4 people along the flat section and then a female in the sprint across the bridge after the corkscrew. She was ahead the whole race so don't panic I'm not posting on 'that CR thread'.
Finished in 38:31. A 40 second PB. A course PB as well since it was at Homebush in July 2005 when I ran the last PB. Very happy to have finally knocked off that old PB.
Now I can get some work done for Six Foot Track and Canberra. Thanks to everyone for encouraging me for the last 2 years. And as the saying goes, The best is yet to come!
Edit: Blue Dog was beaten!