One of the benefits of being a relative beginner is that new PB's come regularly as you rapidly improve.
Even in training...
I have to say I felt awesome on this run, and I'm trying to remember what I had for lunch so I can eat that everyday!
I had a 12km run at 6:15 pace on the schedule, and at the start I was trying slow down because I caught myself zipping along at 5:15 pace. I ran along Ponsonby and Jervois Roads, and being a Thursday night all the bars and restaurants were busy, and my ego (that I didn't realise I had) made me run a bit faster than usual. Then it was a nice cruisy downhill to Cox's Bay, and a small climb to Westmere, followed by the long stretch of Meola Road to Point Chevalier.
There are slight elevation gains around Pt Chev and they felt minimal compared to usual. I stopped for a drink at the water fountain, then cruised downhill to Western Springs, where I started to f a d e. A guy zoomed past me, but as is often the case they slow to their normal pace once ahead - do you notice this too?! I find it quite funny, anyway I decided to use the super-runner powers I had tonight to keep up with him. It worked until the long trudge up Chinaman's Hill where he disappeared into the distance - still, I managed to climb it faster than usual.
I finished at 11.5km and stopped my SportWatch, which lit up and congratulated me with a 10K PB of 1:03:23 - despite several stops at traffic lights, a few hills and a couple of water stops! This was a 3 minute improvement on my last record, which incidentally was also earned on a training run. I know, I really need to run a race.
I'd love to run both a 5 and 10km race soon to get some official times, but for now my emphasis is on my first 21.1km - the Auckland Half Marathon on 3 November. For that I just want to finish in a respectable time for me - and whatever that is will be a PB too!
Have you ever done a PB in training? (it's not a 'real' PB though is it?)
Does your ego make you run a bit faster around crowds? (apparently so!)
Or run faster past other runners? (they pass me, not the other way round...)