Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Oo-er, I might be in PB-land

My usual lunchtime run is a route I call the River Loop, because it essentially goes up one side of the River Sprint and down the other. Looking back at my times for this rather lovely little trot out, I see that it usually takes about 27-30 minutes.
So you can imagine my delight when I did it in 25:13 today.  For the 2.7 miles/174ft of ascent/descent it meant an average moving pace of 08:55 min/mile, which is the first time I've dipped below 9min/mile, offroad, for ages - if ever before!   This could be a PB.
Of course, the dry figures tell only half the story.  It was the first run this year without wearing leggings! The first without needing a windproof top! The first without serious mud! All in all, it was a beautiful dry day and underfoot was lovely sheep-cropped grass which is the finest running surface of all. After all my tribulations of last year, it is such a joy to be running - and to be running hard - once again.

Happiness abounds in the Smileyrunner camp.
Smileyrating  9.9/10.    To be 10 it  needed to have hurt less!


  1. sounds like a definitely pb to me, well done! had my first shorts n tshirt run last night :)

  2. I'm going to have to watch you HF. My pace was 8.54 today, so only a second ahead of you now!
    I must say it really makes a difference getting back into shorts again. Leggings don't 'feel' restrictive but I suppose they must be.
    Anyhow, well done. Keep up the good work.

  3. Is most defo a PB.. it counts if the clock say it is so.

    Your blog post is simmering with the same spring sazzles I've been feeling all week HF. What a long long winter it's been and how transforming some sun, a pair of shorts and an extra hour of daylight can be.
    Happy spring HF!