Each time I’ve managed to get a PB in any distance I haven’t set out to get one. Today has been no exception. A surprise 10km PB.
Run Devonport is basically the last Fun Run for a little while in Tasmania. It seems like we have had many back to back running events from weekend to weekend since the middle of January. It has been fun, challenging and given lots of opportunities to spend time with running friends.
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this one. The course was two 5km out and backs. Would having to turn around and do it again do my head in? It was on this course that I did my first ever 3km run. AND the first time Paul ever seriously pushed me out of my comfort zone with running. He got me to go a little bit faster and a little bit further than my head told me I could do. I remember him encouraging, pushing, suggesting, urging… and me telling him between huffs and puffs at the time that I CAN’T! and felt like crying!
But I did!
That was nearly four years ago. And I have kept running.
Running, running, running.
Indeed I can run. Unsporty Women CAN Run and sometimes get PBs.
Tasmania is sometimes known as the Australian state where it’s possible to experience four seasons in one day. Run Devonport proved that it’s possible to have four seasons in one race!
- A roaring, refreshing sea breeze (well gale really but let’s be kind) that caused the temperature to instantly drop and hats and visors to be torn off and blown away
- Scorching sunshine that caused all energy to frizzle up
- A very small patch of cold rain (which was actually quite nice)
- And of course some lovely temperate autumn weather too (about 16ºC)
But each time the particularly difficult bit of weather was upon us, just when it felt like it was getting too much the seasonal conditions would turn… it was very varied and all over the place. A typical autumn day in Tasmania.
Because the course was out and back and out and back again, the race was divided nicely up into quarters. My run plan was simply to try and run in the 56 minute range – to try and keep to about a 5:40 km/minute pace. A PB wasn’t in my sights at all.
There were a lot of nerves at the start of this event – both Louise and I were experiencing the pre-race jitters. Louise was aiming for a sub-50 today and ran with Paul. It was great being able to encourage each other each time we ran past going out and back out and back. I saw lots of runners I know and we all cheered, clapped and did the odd high five to boost each other on. I didn’t need to worry about this course doing my head in – it was actually quite good having it divided into the four logical quarters.
My Mum and Dad came along too to cheer us on which was lovely.
How did we all go? There were PBs everywhere today. The lovely Fiona and her gorgeous kidlets all PB’ed – well done you awesome running family! AND Louise did a PB 48:29 – and she looked effortless as she glided along smashing those kms one by one.
AND a PB for me too, 55:03! I’m 10kming in the 55s. Unbelievable. I so didn’t set out to get a PB – I was just going to have a bit of fun and enjoy running with friends and doing something that I love. But it just happened that way – I managed to go just a little bit faster than I have before in a 10km event. Sweet serendipitous and VERY encouraging – I’m moving forwards in my running journey and fitness even though often I don’t feel like I am. And my Pauly ran a very respectable 48:01!
The end of fun run season with wild changes in the weather and a PB. Running certainly is full of possibilities. Another good day for everyone.
Happy running 🙂