But enough about that... on with the race!! Let's have a look at the major differences between the two run:
|Tuesday's Run||Tuesday's Run|
|Weather||Heavily Overcast||Bright Sunset|
|Shoes||Brooks Cascadias||Asics Gel DS Trainers|
|Carry gear||Nathan Gel Pack + |
|Squeezed everything into the Waterbelt|
|Previous 3 Day's kms||Rest, Rest, 10.5km||10.5km, 18km, Rest|
|Misc Advantages||Shot fewer photos||Took 1 Gel |
Was daylight for longer
Had MP3 Player
So let's take a look at the photos:
Heading up the first hill looking into the setting sun. Unfortunately for most of the course, the sun was either behind me, or hidden behind something else, so not too many wonderful sunset photo opportunities
Part of the way up the first hill I've already opened a small advantage on... err... myself
Spent a fair bit of time trying to get a good looking photo of this chicken/rooster... My other self must have been pretty happy to catch up a little
A photo from the same spot as one from Tuesday's run
The sun dips low with Kowloon Peak on the horizon
Checking my progress as I enter the village halfway along the trail... just before the serious hill climb... Yep! Still in front
Creepy statues halfway up the hill
After gaining a bit of altitude the sun reappears, only to sink into the haziness
Another replication photo from Tuesday's run. It's easy to see here how much lighter it was on this run
Looking east towards Tiu Keng Leng, where I'll soon be. The High Junk Peak Trail, pretty much covers the entire ridgeline visible directly behind the buildings
Rocky terrain as I work my way towards the road. Luckily I only have to climb one of the next two hills before dropping onto the road and cruising down to Tiu Keng Leng
I spent *ages* trying to take this photo, but just couldn't get the camera to correctly line-up the photos. To top it off, just after taking this, I turned back towards the track and caught the side of my knee-cap exactly on a protruding stump
After wasting a bit of time taking photos that didn't turn out, I hit the road still 4+ minutes in front and gaining
Wonderful lights and reflections as I cruise past Oscar by the Sea. I'd taken a gel about 5-10mins before this so was feeling in great spirits
Another replicated photo, the shadows probably looking better in black and white, but I had more light to work with on this run
Pushing hard through the last km to try to get my average pace down below 6:00min/km (I didn't quite make it) I ended up easily besting my Tuesday self by over 9mins.
Overall, I felt that I worked quite hard on this run, the competition with myself driving me faster. The exception was, I took my time and enjoyed the trail section, where I had already established quite a lead. I felt really great the whole time and was pretty surprised by the significant pick-me-up effect that getting a little sugar into the system had on me when I took the gel.
Overall a run that I was really happy with, despite just missing my speed target.
Being chased by my own shadow!