This morning I finally got around to running my first Parkrun. And right from the off let me say if anyone has one of these local to them - GO FOR IT!
What a superb morning, great atmosphere, great organisation, great fun. (And free lets not forget!)
However, its highlighted the fact that, well .............. Runkeeper is wrong!
Parkruns are of course 5km runs, measured precisely.. But according to Runkeeper my 5km Parkrun was actually 5.32km, with the 5km mark coming at 28:22. A personal best for me (if indeed it was 5km)
However, according to the official Parkrun results, I actually ran 5km in 30:22. A full two minutes slower than Runkeeper. And I'm more inclined to trust the official Parkrun results than a GPS app.
But I have to confess, this is a bit of set back for me.
When I first ran a sub 30 minute 5km, it looks like I didn't.
When I ran a sub 60 minute 10km for the first time, I probably didn't after all.
As much as the challenge is set for me to beat 30 minutes on the next Parkrun, its something I thought I'd already achieved.
I now know that when I next go out running, everything Runkeeper tells me is false. The speed for the distance is wrong. If I run 5km in 30 minutes, it looks like I'm actually running around 4.7km in 30 minutes.
I'm gutted to be honest and wondering what the best way forward is. My times mean a lot to me, I like to try and beat myself and seeing progress is crucial.
What do you fine folk use when running? If anything.
Ps. And to repeat, Parkruns are ace! Do one. Really, you should if you haven't already.