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Rhayader Round the Lakes 20
Saturday 20th March 2010
Dave Mail

Have peppered the 2h52/53m mark every year. Have done the training (long but slow) this year, but an awful 7 days at work immediately before the race (60 hours, plus being woken up 2 nights to go to work as well as working days) meant that I was extremely tired so any thoughts of sub 3 hours had gone out of mind. Despite being so tired, I stupidly went club training Thursday night for 6x1km but went unexpectedly quickly. Hmm......

At Rhayader, started usual steady speed, didn't steam up THE hill quite as fast as usual, took it steady down the other side, and got to the halfway mark in 90 minutes. Hang on, that's how long it usually takes me to get there when I've run 2:53, and I'm still feeling good. Still held myself in check for the next 5 miles, but at mile 15 - whoosh! Suddenly shot off with 40min last 5 miles, over the hill at mile 18.5 and up into Rhayader for a course PB. Not bad for a Flatlander.

Sorry to the other runners who came up to me at the finish and congratulated me, saying I'd demoralised them as I whizzed past them as if they were standing still! (their words!). But you all know about my speed-ups.

They say that the best things come when you least expect them! I thought one was supposed to get slower not faster as one gets older, but each of the last 3 years has been faster than the previous!

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