Eastleigh 10K PB

It was the Eastleigh 10K this morning and I managed to clock up a new PB of 35:34 – almost a minute faster than my previous fastest time on the course and just edging my previous 10K PB from 2003 (although admittedly that was on a hilly course at Ryde on the Isle of Wight).

Preparations had gone pretty well, managing to complete most of a Runner’s World training plan. A couple of overseas work trips threatened to derail things: the early morning’s around Cary were not particularly inspiring – the same cannot be said of running along the waterfront in Marbella! The effect on the waistline was likely to be the most problematic!

Conditions on the day were pretty spot on with cool temperatures and a light breeze. I started far too quickly but the pace didn’t feel uncomfortable and it wasn’t until around the 6k mark that I settled into something closer the pace I had been anticipating. I must have judged it about right as, despite my best efforts, I slowed a fraction for the final kilometre.

I’m looking forward to some time off road running now but the result was sufficiently encouraging to make me wonder whether I could still break under 35 minutes…

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