Met a lovely chap at the start who has run over 100 of these all over the country. He told me he’s the kit man for Preston Northend football club who are playing Swansea today. He runs a Parkrun on the morning of every Saturday match and he’s well into his 60s now and suffers with all kind of ailments. Hugely inspiring and just what I needed before I set off.
Swansea Parkrun is an out and back mainly flat course so I thought I’d go for a 5KM PB today despite getting lost and overdoing it on Thursday. I felt ok. Wind was light and from the sea and the rain held off till just after the end so conditions were perfect. I thought I’d be brave and start somewhere near the head of the field this time instead of my usual at the back slot. This only meant that I was being passed by the faster runners the whole way round which was quite disconcerting. Lesson learned there. I ain’t no Mo Farah 😂
I found a couple of runners who were at my pace so I tried to stick with them and it really worked as I had to dig really deep towards the end which I’d never have done if I was running on my own.
I read an article recently in the telegraph on how to run a PB in a Parkrun and the only thing I could remember was to “ruin” it in the last 400metres. I think that means give it everything. So I did. And nearly collapsed as I passed the entrance to the funnel at the end and then collapsed onto the grass verge and hoped for the best 😂
I think I saw Denovo at the turning point. At least I hope it was as I shouted out to her 😂
Results showed my time as 24.27 which I am thrilled with. A new PB! 😊
Well done to everyone who made it out for a run today!