Sorry for the picture - it made me laugh anyway....
After Thursday’s long run I ached in my muscles yesterday, but felt ok this morning. So, harbouring no expectations went along to Parkrun for another kit-test in the wind and rain, just in case. While I was at it, I thought it would be good to try to maintain my better posture all the way round if I could. But I really expected to be running on empty and jogging round. Great to see a local friend there again - her second Park run and I’ve encouraged her to join us here 😁👍
It was total shock to find I was feeling rather good as we set off. I tried to resist going out too fast, though, and lined up with the 40min pacer, who I knew would set off a bit faster than 8min/km.
Well, it lasted for the first km, then I flicked past a couple of runners that had spread across the path and, Woweee, I didn’t know it could feel so easy to kick up a gear! So I upped the pace - and I was lapped just before the end of the first lap uphill against the wind and rain - the furthest round I’d gotten before being lapped 😁👍.
2nd lap. I wasnt feeling too shabby but I was feeling the result of Thursday. Downhill again and breath back - long incline, kept the cadence up - top straight, felt good - decline again, legs were back to full operation but my Bluetooth earpiece fell out twice and I decided to go without music to try to keep the cadence together...
Up that last incline again, against the wind, and really felt empty this time 😰 I didn’t think there was anything left in the legs and someone came past me. I couldn’t catch them, but I clenched my backside and found a sprint right at the end! I was 3 seconds ahead of the runner behind me 👊
So, a PB of 36:30 (only 90s more and I’m under 35 min 🤨) and because I’ve gone up an age group I am about 10% better this week - for my age! 🤣🤣👏 My friend got a PB too 🙌🤛😊
Happy running everyone!