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!