Day 27: Developing a killer instinct

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Back to Cannon Hill today for parkrun number 47. I decided to go for gold with this one and just managed to get below 24 minutes – just, at 23.59. That’s only about 20 seconds behind my pb and with an average 7.41 pace, the second best yet, I’m chalking that up as a good attempt.  But …

Towards the end of a run like this I’m feeling knackered, I’m hurting, I know there’s maybe a mile to go, and yet I also know I could give it little more effort if only I tried. But I don’t seem to have the killer instinct to give it that final push. I think of the people that cross the finish line when I’m volunteering and how shattered some of them seem. They’ve clearly pushed themselves to the absolute limit, which to be honest is something I don’t think I’ve done yet.

So, a goal for the next parkrun is to give it a try. I think it would help if I tracked my pace during a run as this could supply the motivation I need. Knowing I was on a 7.41 average pace this morning might have been the incentive to dig in and run a little quicker.

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Yes, I need one of these. A Garmin 235 might be just the thing to get me below 23 minutes!


2 thoughts on “Day 27: Developing a killer instinct

  1. I found out when I did my first marathon that my self-preservation instinct is stronger than my competitive instinct – nothing wrong with that in my book! Great time and almost at 50 runs already!


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