I am now officially dead. Pathetic pace and time. I just cannot run at that time of day. I am fine earlier in the morning or late afternoon to evening - all the rest of the day, I can hardly run because my legs ache and my body feels like a ton weight. I'll never be any good at park runs!
To be fair to myself, I had a strong wind against me half the time, and the elevation gain is fairly respectable. But even downhill my legs were like lead and my whole body struggled today. The only thing that wasn't an effort, ironically, was my breathing. I didn't puff once, not even uphill. The other thing of interest is that I wore my trail shoes today (Asics Fujirado), as I knew there would be a fair bit of mud on the footpath along the Banbury Road, and though they are kind of hybrid, lightweight and made to run on roads too, they are not as light and fast as my On Running shoes; i definitely felt the difference and i think they slowed me a bit.
So, to sum up, that was an epic struggle and I very nearly gave in and sloped off more than once in the first 20 minutes. A few weeks ago I would have been forced to give up and go home, so things are improving: I did manage to plod round, though the only thing that kept me going was the thought of the Badedas horseman filling my bath and scrubbing my back for me. Also I've noticed a tendency to griping in my stomach after a longer run - nothing serious but of note.