Got my bib number for the Asics Run for Gold 10km race in the mail yesterday - number 6666 which looks pretty cool. I think it will give me a good indicator of where I am at although I'm not super confident of a PR as I will not really be tapering for this run and I don't think it is a really fast course, especially if it is as windy as it has been lately.
Friday - Recovery run, went out for my usual recovery run but met up with Rox on the way back so went around again with her. As a result I'm not sure of the distance (probably around 11km) in 63 minutes with average HR 128.
Saturday - did my first 20 miler - 32.2km in 2 hours 24 minutes. Had a look back in my blog at when I did this run early in my program pre Boston (February) and it took me 2 hours 48 minutes. Admittedly, that was inclusive of a few breaks and it was vastly different weather conditions but it indicates that I am building off of a much stronger base this time around. Didn't feel great at the start as I had a bit of crap on my chest and was running into the wind but found that I got into a real groove from around 15km onwards. I took 2 gels, one after an hour and the other 45 minutes later. It was pretty windy and blustery but fortunately I had the wind behind me for the last few kms and felt like I was bombing along. I'm a bit stiff now but not sore so will make sure I get plenty of liquid in and try and do some stretching.
4.28/km is an average pace I'm very pleased with. My aim is to continue to improve my endurance before gradually increasing my focus on specific race pace workouts as i get closer to and enter the sharpening phase of my program.
The cricket isn't going too well, not helped by that moron Rudi Koertzen. How he has been given the chance to umpire in 100(!!) Test matches is beyond me. I've never seen him have a good game and is one of the poorest umpires going around. No excuses for most of the dismissals though and it seems like the Poms have got the upper hand in the mind games as well. Come on the rain!