It was on the 345mile, 8hr journey from the South Coast to Newcastle where I read Mark's latest #RoadToSub20 blog post and a realisation crept over me of just how far behind the prize I was. As stated in Mark's post, the most recent direct competition between the three of us was on the 1st November at Brockwell Park where my time of 22'07" fell 1'07" short of Tommy's offering. The numbers paint a desperate picture but this is no paint by numbers situation. That day at the finish line, Tommy looked spent. I probably did too but felt like I'd not had a great run. You know the runs, where you give it your all but due to some unaccounted for variable the figures fall short of the perceived effort. In essence I felt sure that my training was coming along better than the times suggested.
It was decided in that moment the Christmas Day Newcastle parkrun would be my proving ground where I would give it my all and try to realise a time that reflected where I felt I was with training. On 28th December 2013 I'd got a time of 23'40" at Newcastle so my initial plan this time around was to aim for 22mins. On the day I was happy to see how many people were out in fancy dress, I would have liked the parkrun website to have included a 'fastest Santa' icon on their results pages. Maybe next year. Also a huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time on Christmas morning to help us lot run around a park.
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