What a way to start the New Year! I approached January’s CR 5km challenge the same way I approached December’s…aiming for sub 25mins by running consistent 5 minute kilometers. Thanks to a comparitively lax last couple of weeks over Christmas I had finally shaken the lurgy from the depths of my lungs and was breathing free and easy. Boy what a difference that made.
Waiting around at the carpark for my December pacer (CR TerryC) caused me to be somewhat late for the start, well not late…let’s call it a rolling start…I ran up to the start line right on 7:05am and called to the other 3 25minute runners – “anyone else coming” – as I just kept running to start my 5km challenge. The first two were off in front in a flash, which left CR Chilliman as my pacer for January (TerryC flew past sometime later on his way to a 21:28).
The pacing went off with-out a hitch. With regular updates from Chilliman on our progress I plowed on through two and a bit laps as best I could, adding a final 200m surge to bump the time down under 25mins. In doing so I recorded my first PB for the year and a 24min52sec time. (23mins seems a long way off and might be a bit of a stretch for the remainder of 2009).