The new ‘stretch’ goal!

It has been a BUSY week here, primarily because our favourite little person turned 4 on Wednesday, which led to much planning, organising and excitement. His party is Friday and then it’ll be over for another year. Suddenly very grateful we only have one child and I don’t have to do this multiple times a year. But you know, all the hard work is totally worth it when you get faces like this when presents are spotted.


Anyway. Sunday is the ‘Berkeley Half’ 10k and as you know, I’m gunning for a PR. I actually don’t know what my current 10k PR is. In my First Running Career, it was something like 58 minutes. And I haven’t actually RACED a 10k during my Second Running Career. So whilst a PR is hopefully a given, the goal (until Monday) was 52:30.

But then came Monday and my last tempo run of the training cycle. I ran one mile warm up and then five tempo miles plus 0.2 for fun. And I stopped the clock at 51.47.


To add to the excitement, mile three was my fastest ever mile, my first and only ever sub-8 minute mile in 7.56. And although I was clearly working hard and it was tough, it wasn’t murderous. The Husband gave me a telling off when I told him about my sub-8 mile – he wants me to run carefully and protect my heart. But I honestly did run carefully and felt fine throughout.

I grinned like a crazy girl for about an hour afterwards, especially about that sub-8 mile. REALLY happy with that! But it also shifts the goalposts for Sunday, and my plan now looks like this.

A)  51.46.

B) Sub 52

C) 52.30 or below.

D) Don’t die.

I have a little playlist all sorted – lots of stuff from my Half Moon Bay playlist plus Chariots of Fire at the end to inspire me home! Cheese!  I know (or am looking forward to meeting) a load of people doing it – Angela, Brianna, Juli, AlisynPaulette and maybe Layla? plus my friend David running his first ever 10k. The weather looks absolutely spot-on perfect. I’m really excited about it!

See you all on the other side!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Angela says:

    YEAH!! This is fantastic. I predict massive crushing of even your new unofficial PR. Can’t wait!! 😀

  2. Looks like you’ll get that A goal after such a good run this week. Have fun at the birthday party and the race!

  3. BT says:

    Bad-Ass! Well done.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks 🙂

      Just rolled my ankle badly on my last easy run. Ugh. I think it’ll be okay but I’m groaning inwardly.

  4. Juli Bronzini says:

    Just picked up my bib and now I’m ready to eat cake and bounce! Ergh. Maybe bounce first, then cake 2nd(: By the way- Sports Basement (Bryant St.) is seriously amazing. I had to avert my eyes from all the stuff I wanted to buy. It was painful(:

  5. Bean says:

    Dannnggggg giirrrrllll! So speedy!!! That is amazing. Hope you have a great race and can’t wait to hear how it goes!!!!!! Good luck!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      SIGH! Guess who fell over yesterday and has an ankle the size of her bottom ;(

  6. Layla says:

    Wow, yes, you are in great shape for a great race!! I can’t wait to see how Sunday goes! And to see you. 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      AAAGH…rolled ankle yesterday. Not looking good. But I’ll be there tomorrow even if I just come and cheer. Gutted.

  7. Brianna says:

    Picked up my bib earlier today! Totally looking forward to Sunday. I foresee a sub 52 time for you!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Oh Brianna…guess who rolled her ankle yesterday. It’s swollen like a balloon. I’m going to be lucky to even finish. Sigh.

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