Well, since my PB last week I haven't felt wonderful this week - some old ailments reminding me they're still alive and kicking
So this morning I decided that although I'd try and run, my only target was to get round the course.
Weather report: OK - sunny with threatening clouds but it thankfully stayed dry.
Kit report: short sleeve (5x50) t-shirt - I've been desperate to wear it when running before the end of the challenge (I've worn it a lot for cycling and aerobics but never running).
Other runners report: there looked like more than last week (which was wet) and they looked pretty fit. Oh dear.
This week I was determined not to get pulled into a too-fast pace in the first half lap or so, so I stayed near the back of the pack and relied on Garmin to give me a pace around 7 min per km. However, everyone else seemed to think something way faster was more suitable so I was soon in my now-customary last place. I had to laugh though - there was a group of old men sitting on a seat in the park and they made remarks as we went around - when I passed them the first time one said (quite loudly) "and you're last of all"! Thanks I thought. Don't apply for a marshall position please
As the run progressed I had hoped to get a little faster but this week it didn't really happen. In fact I lost probably 30 seconds with a stitch which pulled me up completely. I did get strength from thinking about all the C25K online friends doing other Parkruns around the country at the same time. Thanks guys - it really helps
Final placement: 128th out of 135 runners. First (of two) in my age group (woo hoo). Time exactly 34 minutes, 1 minute slower than last week.
Scarily, the last runner back came in at 36mins 47 seconds - this really does seem to be a fast run!
To prove that I really did go I finally featured in an action photo!
I've seen some other people's run reports - well done everyone and to the ditherers come on - it's fun really