I joined the Brisbane Bayside Runners and Walkers this morning for a run along the Redland Bay waterfront. After the big day on Sunday I intended to take it easy. But I should have known better.
I started out relatively easily, running behind the group and stopping to take my socks off to help my feet and legs relax. We ran as a group along the waterfront roads and paths by the light of our head torches. We must have been running at about 6:15 pace for the run out.
After we turned around things changed. Our group split as M and R picked up their pace. I pushed myself to keep up with them and went from having an average heart rate in the 70s to running at over 90% maximum heart rate for about 5km. With 4km to go it was just M and I out in front. I think testosterone took over as I worked hard to keep up with him but at the 2km mark I lost him. We were running at about 4:35 pace and it was just too fast for me.
I had a fantastic run. It was harder and faster than I intended but so long as I don’t do that every day I’ll be fine.
Total: 12.26km @ 5:46 pace with average heart rate 86% maximum and average temperature 17.3’C.