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Swings and roundabouts (and a couple of water hazards)

My last couple of runs have involved me attempting to dodge thunderstorms with varying degrees of success, or lack thereof. Tonight then, it made a pleasant change to almost manage to stay dry. The reason for that "almost" being the fact that due to the aforementioned thunderstorms, I did end up having to wade through a stream that simply isn't usually a feature of this particular route. 6k in and it was either turn back and spend the next 2k running back up a hill that I'd just happier run down or get my feet wet. I chose the latter...

Still, despite that, I managed my longest run to date and shaved 4 seconds off my 10k PB.

I may not have mastered the art of perfect negative splits, but my my second 5k (wet feet notwithstanding) was 2:25 faster than the first and my final 2k were my fastest at 6:49 and 7:00 respectively.

All things considered, and despite my poor shoes being soaked for a second time in five days, it's been a pretty good evening.

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