At about 11pm at night I decided to go for my two loops. I had a long day at work and it looked like it might rain by 8pm in the evening, but by 10pm the cloud cover had gone and it wasn’t so cold.
I wasn’t sure if I could run faster than my Friday run, but when I hit the 3km mark I realized I was about one minute ahead of Friday’s time. I tried to keep the same rhythm but by 4km point the stitch which was developing from the 3.5km point suddenly became unbearable and I had to slow down to almost a halt. I jogged a bit and picked up the pace once the stitch was bearable. In the back of my mind, I thought 17 minutes zone is not possible today.
However, when approaching 200metres to go I noticed to my surprise that I can close the lap in 16 minutes zone, so I went hard for it and closed at 16:43. I believe if not for the stitch it could have been in the 16:30 zone or even under.
The next lap I went slow, and could close the lap in 19:12 comfortably.
I am glad to have gone into 16 minutes zone in my second outing.