I beat my parkrun PB by well over a minute this week. I haven’t been doing anything special to run faster, not even the C25K+ speed stuff. All I’m doing is slowly increasing the distance of my weekly runs to reach 10K, but that seems to make the 5K that much easier, and hence faster, apparently.
To put this in perspective, I’m still slow. But I am so pleased with this. I was actually a little worried because I’d done 9km in the week, actually by accident because I got lost; I was meant to do 8. But I really felt the jump in distance, and was sore and crampy for a couple days.
But Saturday felt great, and when I got the time I was jumping around like the happy idiot I am.
Upton Park: very friendly, 200+ runners, pretty flat open course on grass, 2 laps of playing fields. Might be too exposed on hot sunny days or windy days. Nice view of Windsor Castle during the run.