Yup, that would be me. Last Saturday. And continued in to Sunday. In fact, it’s taken me until now to write this from a more ‘adult’ perspective than what was going through my head a couple of days ago.
And the reason? 8 seconds. 8 lousy bloody seconds.
It was park run, and it was pacer week. A great opportunity to try and beat my PB before settling down in to the slightly slower runs through the winter. I’ve never used a pacer before but thought I may as well give it a go and see what happens. Nothing to lose at the end of the day is there.
I’ve no big running challenges coming up but I do have my next triathlon on New Years Day so I’m having to increase the swimming and I’ve taken to the turbo or the bike at the gym. Nothing too strenuous but it’s a start. So the week leading up to ‘8 seconds’ was a standard one filled with lunchtime runs, swimming a few times and a couple of turbos.
Morning of park run and it was freezing – standard for Scotland. I wasn’t keen I won’t lie, in fact, if my mum hadn’t been coming over to watch the kids for me I maybe wouldn’t have gone at all. But I did. That’s what you do. I hadn’t fully decided to go for it either. I was still debating it over but I clocked the 24 min pacer and thought worst case scenario I will just make sure he didn’t pass me. Very quickly we were off and I didn’t push it the way I usually would if I was going for a PB. I saw the 23 min pacer though and that was it – decision made, I’m going for it.
Worst decision ever.
The first mile wasn’t as fast as I usually would have done but then I know I’m not one of these negative splits people. I do slow down over distance so I just reckoned following the pacer would keep me at a steady pace the entire course. And I was fine, kept at pace perfectly fine over the path.
But the path turns in to grass and a muddy section which I don’t cope with that well so I knew I would slow a little. I rather naively thought that since the pacer was also the guide for a blind runner they too would slow down at this section, at least a little anyway. I was wrong. I slowed down and they got further and further away from me. I should have known this as I know the guided runner is super fast.
Ok well my PB is 23 mins 17. As long as I’m not too far behind I can still do this.
But I couldn’t. AND I DONT EVEN KNOW WHY!!!
The grass wasn’t that slippy, the course wasn’t too busy, the wind wasn’t blowing me backwards, my legs didn’t hurt they just wouldn’t bloody move!!
Gone. My PB was gone. Forever to stay at 23 bloody minutes and 17 bloody seconds.
I came in 8 seconds slower. 8 god damn seconds. That means I have to do it all over again. I hate running fast. I hate sprinting, not being able to breathe, pulling faces that make you look like a dog being chased. Hate it.
8 bloody seconds.
So I left. As soon as my token and bar code were scanned I was storming back to the car, scowl well and truly plastered on my face, kicking the leaves out of my way and slamming the door. Don’t. Speak. To. Me.
My mum didn’t stay for a cup of tea.
I was reminded of how I felt the night before. It didn’t help.
So what caused it? Haven’t got a clue. All I know is it didn’t happen. Am I over it now? I would say about 75%. That’s an improvement. I’m still not talking to the course and think time apart will do us good. I have the Movember run and Supernova run this Saturday so a good reason not to see it. We will see how a bit of distance serves our relationship.
8 seconds though…. sake.