When I left home for parkrun this morning my main target was to run it all the way. This is something I hadn't achieved during the last two, the first because of strong winds and heart rate alerts on my new watch, and the second because it involved hills. So today I told myself to start slowly and last out to the end. 397 runners turned up today and the conditions were great, only 16C and a slight breeze.
I told myself I mustn't run faster than 7 mins per km in the first half but every time I looked at my watch in the 1st half it was faster (6:55, 6:57 and 6:59 for the 1st 3 kms). I think there is a natural pull with other runners at parkrun. I reminded myself I wanted to run it all and slowed a bit in subsequent kms.
As I neared the finishing line I saw shadows of 2 people trying to overtake me so I thought I'd give a final spurt, encouraged by the cheering Marshalls and kept my place of 338. I forgot to stop my watch again until after I'd had my cards zapped again! I must remember next time.
According to Garmin I did 5k in 35:04, according to Strava it was a parkrun PB of 34:59 and according to parkrun my time was 34:57. I am sure the timekeepers made a mistake somewhere but I will take it. After keeping up the run throughout, my 2nd target was to do sub 35 minutes so I am really pleased that I managed to do that.
Next week I’m going to be a Marshall instead so I need to find a tambourine....
I didn’t take a photo of parkrunners so I took one of the growing cygnets at canoe lake. Some of you may remember them from an earlier post. Sadly they have lost one, but these are looking very healthy.
I hope everyone else enjoyed their parkrun experience today