Friday, January 11, 2013

My Faster 10km to date

Today I hit my fastest ever 10km: 58:25.

Very happy with that.

That was an average of 5:51 mins per km, which is just a little under my target 1/2 marathon pace.

To put this in perspective, consider the following:

(5:51 mins per km, is about 9:20 mins per mile)

Millions of people, from schoolchildren to overweight joggers, can run a mile in nine minutes and 20 seconds, and doubtless hundreds of thousands can hold that pace for a half-hour or more. Extend the range to the marathon, and the numbers shrink, but still, 26.2 miles at a 9:20 pace is hardly remarkable, something that many thousands of people can do. Double the marathon, though, then double it again. Add steep climbs over rocky paths. The numbers shrink. Turn up the heat, and plunge the course into frigid darkness. Now there are few nine-and-a-half-minute milers left . Add shrieking headwinds, and dusty canyons and icy rivers and exposed mountain ridges and what you have is the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-miler that has 41,000 feet of ups and downs, and scores of men and women facing not just thirst, and hunger and fatigue and unforgiving terrain, but each other, and more daunting, themselves. At the end of the race, you're left with exactly one human being who can sustain a 9:20 pace. Scott Jurek. 

- Runner's World (The King of Pain - April 2010)

Scott Jurek = God

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