Wednesday: Club Run

Time: 7.15pm
Route: From Elderslie Pool
Distance: 9.05miles
Time Run: 1hr 07mins 06secs (av pace 7.26)
Mile splits: 8.17, 7.29, 7.32, 7.11, 7.16, 7.24, 7.02, 7.21, 7.18

With Sunday’s long run in mind I didn’t want to be pushing the pace tonight and so tried to stay off the front and run comfortably. I ran with Chris for the first 5 and half miles. We chatted about our respective long runs this weekend. Chris is running Milngavie to Beinglas on Saturday as his last long run before the Fling. Have a good run Chris.

My tempo pace needs to be between 6.54-7.26 pace according to my fitness test so I was pleased to see my average pace tonight was 7.25 – just inside! I felt good and feel I didn’t push it and was pleased with my discipline!

So just an easy run on Brodie Park tomorrow and then a couple of days rest before Sunday’s 43mile run. I’m looking forward to it.

I had a few spare moments today so I did something I’ve been wondering about for a few weeks. Often on a Wednesday night we talk about how times are generally going down in club races from 10k to Half Marathon to Marathon. But the races that buck that trend are ultra races and so I thought I’d have a look and see how the standard is improving in the whw race.

So here is a chart looking at the number of finishers under 20hrs and 24hrs and total. Last year I ran just under 20hrs and so would have been in the top 5 in every race until 2006!
I wonder what the numbers will look like this year. There are 175 who have accepted places so my prediction is 15 runners will be under 20hrs and 75 under 24hrs and 135 finishers. Any other guesses?

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