371 runners finished today’s Bushy Park Time Trial, almost matching the 378 who completed it on its second anniversary back in October 2007. I (David) had no plans to run hard today because of a dodgy left calf but anyone who knows me knows that I find it very hard not to race at BPTT.
Well, I ended up getting another personal best, this time by 8 seconds, making my 5k time 18:40. This is the second time under 19 minutes, and it now seems clear that I can comfortably (in a sense!) run sub-19 minutes. I had a great run, found it not quite as tough as my 18:48 a couple of weeks ago - which has got to be a good thing. One thing that I really noticed today was that I spent about 3k’s running within about one foot of fellow runner Darren W right beside me, and we didn’t once say a word. We chatted comfortably before the start and as soon as we hear the GOOOO! then you’re in full-on race mode.
Sharon here….I had a fab run today, felt good and had a bit of a race with a few women around me. Managed 29.10 - which is a PB of 45 seconds. I am really pleased as it feels like 28 minutes something is in reach now. I was grinning like mad after I finished :)
Tomorrow, Sunday is the day of the London Marathon. We’ve got friends running in it this year and cannot wait to cheer them on - and with the weather forecast looking like its going to match the previous record temperature of 21c, then they’re going to need all the support they can get. Expect more marathon updates in the next couple of days.