Pushing The Pace To Start Week 3

Today was a tough one. 6km in 36:53 @ 6:09 mins/km doesn’t sound like much, but kms 2 and 3 were 5:50s, so when I hit the hills in the last 2 km… yeah… burn baby burn.

Sometimes the goal of training is to rack up the kms. Other times you go out knowing it’s going to hurt. Today was one of the latter.

On the flip side, tough runs help you feel really good about your running. With the Run For A Reason just 20 days away, a run like today’s makes me confident of achieving my race target on the day. I’m aiming for around 75 minutes for the 12km race.

Yesterday I was a marshal for the Perth 32km Race put on by the WA Marathon Club. I rocked up at 6am as instructed, for a 7am race start. There were quite a few volunteers and they finally gave me my assignment at 6:30. As I was half expecting, my station wasn’t close.

I was around the 8km / 28km mark of the out & back race. That meant a 5km run with a pack in time to setup before the front-runners got there. Front-runners whom I know run around 3:10 pace the whole way (they did).

I stupidly had decided not to pack shorts “just in case”, but I had everything else for running, so I stripped to skins/tights/whatever, tshirt & running shoes. First time I’ve ever broken my rule to never wear skins with no shorts over, but it was dark and it was an emergency.

Got to my station in time, marshalled for 4 hours, noticed a lot about different form, got abused by selfish walkers who wouldn’t move out of the way of the runners, had a good day.

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