The Doug Anderson Memorial 5km is an annual race organised by Bedford Harriers and is held in Bedford Park, just across the road from where I work. As a member of the Harriers and working in such close proximity, it seemed like a good opportunity to have a crack at breaking the 20 min barrier for 5 km.
It’s pretty hard to write a decent race report from a 5km race. Basically I worked all day as normal but stayed a bit later in the office. Put my running gear on in the toilets at work. Ran up the road and got a timing chip. Did a warm up around the park, trying to avoid dog walkers and men on motorized skateboards, watched a bit of the local cricket match, lined up for the start and ran.
I normally find 5km races are a bloody painful experience as I’m not really conditioned to running fast. Most of my training centers around running moderately over longer distances. Basically I’m a slow burner. I’ve had a target of 20 mins for quite a while now, but I don’t seem to be able to get under that time. I got very close earlier in the year so tonight I was all guns blazing for achieving the 20 min goal.
I done a bit of google research earlier in the day and had got into my head that I needed to run 6 min 30 per mile, and so I went off at that pace, stayed at that pace and finished a bit faster. But I actually ran 20min 10 secs. After the initial disappointment of missing the target it occurred to me that I had a bit in the tank as I was running to the schedule. Next time I’ll run to a 06:25 schedule and hopefully go under 20 mins!!
Here are a few pics