Run 47:31  9.0 km (5:17 / km) +100m 5:00 / km
Not sure where that came from. Last year's Summer Series was an almost complete write-off for me (I only completed one A course all season, my first of the season), thanks to a combination of a calf issue, a hamstring issue, a back issue, and being out of town during the narrow window when none of the above applied. (Towards the end of the season, running in the evening after sitting down at work all day wasn't appreciated by my back).
I didn't have a lot of confidence before this one - mostly through having woken up at 4.30 and hitting some afternoon flat spots - but settled nicely after passing through my first control (one, #10, which I might have been better off missing). The plan was a jog but I was clearly doing better than that - cruise speed rather than tempo, but still definitely faster than standard. Degree of difficulty was fairly low - Dandenong Creek has some hilly parts, but some weren't used tonight and I only hit the others late - but I'm happy with this. A bit of haven't-had-a-massage-for-too-long Achilles soreness late (that comes tomorrow).
(Perhaps I should thank a difficult-to-catch admin person who I needed to sign something this afternoon, forcing me to get up and walk to the other side of the floor four times in the process of trying to find her).
The numbers weren't great tonight, and I was probably close to being in the bottom decile of the age range of those who were there.