Yesterday was a Tempo Run...of sorts. Once again it was very windy; I chose Diamond Fields Road because it's a dirt road, no traffic and plenty of hills which I'm going to need if I aim for this year's City to Surf in August and then see if another goal might turn up after that.
5k @ short tempo pace (6:31m/k)
Of course it didn't quite go that way:
3k easy in 22 min
5km in 35 min
Avg Pace = 6:59
1k laps = 7:27; 6:42; 6:48; 6:39; 7:18 (first & last km all uphill!)
AHR 139 (87%); MHR 145 (91%)
2k easy in 16:55
Total = 10km
I really tried hard for this session, but can see there's lots of room - and time I hope - for improvement !
I dearly miss Jim's usual comment, without fail, when I returned from a run : "Well, how did that go?" Now, silence except for the joyful yapping of my two dogs. It's the absence of little things like this, the cup of tea waiting for me after showering, the silence especially, the absence of another human being in the house and also the thousands of other little things and comments during an ordinary day that make the days so hard and lonely now.
However, the sun will come up again tomorrow and I will do my long run.