This weekend I was in manchester. Saturday morning I thought that I could get 30 minutes running in before breakfast. I planned a route that I thought was probably a couple of miles and set off at a steady jog. It was nice to be in the city where I was a student and a junior doctor. (Happy memories😊) It was good to be there before the crowds of shoppers. It was paved, flat and smooth and entertaining to do a bit of window shopping at speed. I tried to keep going because I didn’t want to be late for breakfast!
When I got back to the hotel I had mixed feelings to find that I’d only been gone for 12 minutes, good time for breakfast but not a very long run! However, when I noticed that I’d done a mile in 10:16 I was quite pleased – that’s my fastest mile ever and it was completely unexpected!
Urban running is quite different from country running, neither better nor worse, just different.☺️
One of my ambitions is to get my mile time down to under 1o mins before I’m 50. Apparently 50 yr old women who can run a mile in under 10 mins have a 10% risk of cardiac mortality, compared to a 30% risk in those who take 12 mins or longer. Mind you , I don’t think any studies have been done to see if people who train to improve their time can change that risk.