Today I was informed by my team mate that he wanted to try for 21 minutes flat, or a 46 sec PB. I said OK and set my Garmy training assistant accordingly. After a short detour home to pick up the shoes i had forgotten to pack in the morning we registered awaiting our alotted start time.
This week the weather was about the same ~19°C but with a headwind down the back straight. We started out at 11:45 with a quicker group than last time and my team-mate took off trying to keep up with a few of them (again). I settled in about 40m behind trying to hold a good pace and keep ahead of the training assistant. It was hard work as I hadn’t done much of a warm-up but he dragged me through that first lap spot on 10min30sec. Now he was starting to tire and although I didn’t pull him back that quickly we were running side by side with about a 1/4 of a lap to go and I told him to just keep it together and we would make it. From memory the garmy was telling me I was doing consistent 4:50 splits and we crossed the finish line (after I gave everyone crowding around it a big shout of “GET OUT OF THE WAY!”) in 20min50sec. WooHoo, a 10sec negative split and another big PB!
I was pushing consistently hard today all of the way around but hopefully I can get another 50sec out of my legs over the second half of the Corporate Cup races, as long as the weather doesn’t get too warm. Maybe a sprint finish? Maybe a better warm up and a faster first lap? I recon’ I still have another gear (turn of pace as Buster said he didn’t have in the 5000m final) if I need it, I mean I didn’t even feel like throwing up at the end.
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