I actually managed to run parkrun the way I want to yesterday. First mile was my slowest, last one the fastest. I refused to start at anyone else’s pace, helped by starting too far back and behind some slower ones and walkers. I gauged my pace to a guy ahead and he was running at my easy gear, after a mile I was though the toxic 10 and so up went my pace all by itself, I was now closing on my pacemaker and feeling great. Spent that mile overtaking people slowly. Then came the last mile (and a bit) yesterday being the anniversary of my friends death, I told him this one was for him and opened the stride... passed quite a few more people on my way to the line. The end result was slightly slower than my last one, but the run was much better, and I’m happy to have finally got the running with a large group tactics right. Overall my parkrun PB is 3 minutes slower than my solo running one, which is perfect as they’re training runs on my plan so all marked as “recovery” so I’m not too much faster than I should be on them.
I’ve now done a few five mile runs and I can really feel the strength in the legs from them... 5k is now easy for the legs, and my almost a year stopped smoking lungs can keep up with a pace 5 minutes faster than my first runs at the distance.
So, I woke up this morning ready for a 5.5 mile run next week, and 10k the week after, but NRC had a different idea and adapted to give me a cutback week, my longest run will now be 2.5 miles! I’ll save that for Saturday as I’ll be able to extend that to parkrun and still be on a cutback. Looking forward now to an easy week of happy running.