The title for this post basically says it all for this weekend. I ran a 5 mile personal best and ended up with a bad back. I have said that I have felt in good shape and that I am coming back. That seems to be true after smashing my target time at the Mid Kent 5 Mile by over a minute.
We heard about the Mid Kent 5 Mile race when we returned to our car after Harvel 5 and saw leaflet under the car wiper blades. Both the Mid Kent 5 Mile & Weald 10k appealed. As you know I was gutted to have ran badly at Harvel. I was so close to my time from last year I decided 36 minutes would be a good target. This would also be a 2 minute Personal Best.
We had an early start to get to Staplehurst cricket club for the 9am start. We had been told the route is fast and flat so I had my target time in my sights. Because of this I decided to run without my watch and just run to feel. (for the record I did glance at my watch). I was running at a comfortably hard pace and shockingly even saw the lead bike for at least the first minute. As the field spread out I was by my self plodding along the wet road. I always find it harder to run alone my competitive edge needs someone beside me to race. luckily I started catching the group in front.
My Little Running Pack
I gradually passed the group and ended up with a man and a woman who decided to stick with me. In our little group of 3 I could feel our pace becoming quicker as both me and the man kept putting in little bursts to lose each other. I knew I had the advantage as when I put in a bust I lost him until I eased off the pace the woman didn’t want to play our games. The woman quietly stayed right behind up probably using us as a rain shield, as the rain was really chucking it down now. It was nice to know I was running well and not slowing down. I then saw my opportunity. I could see a little hill I know I’m good at keeping my pace going up hills. My aim was to try and go faster up hill and lose the group it worked I was at the top of the hill. I couldn’t hear the sound of wet shoes hitting tarmac. Luckily the up hill was quickly followed by a down hill so I opened my stride and and managed to over take some other runners.
The Final Push
I just kept running and before I knew it I was at the 4 Mile mark. I knew now I had to push it to the finish. As I re-entered the cricket club I had my customary sprint finish over the finish line. When I checked my watch I saw my time. I was over the moon when I saw my watch said 34:53. A new personal best for me. Not only did I break the 36 min barrier I also broke 35 minutes.
I would recommend this race to anyone the route is fast and you can get so much out of the down hills. The race was also well organised and well marshalled.
I thought this race symbolized my comeback. Unfortunately after this race I seemed to have pulled my back. This caused me to miss out on running for 3 weeks as the pain came back every time I tried to run.