I used the virtual racer option in the Garmin watch and set the pace to 5:30 per km today. My aim was to shave a minute off last weeks Parkrun of 29 mins and if I managed to keep to 5:30 pace then it would have been 1:30 off the time.
We had about a dozen new runners this week and it turns out they are all very fast. I didn't aim to start very fast but they dragged me along and I ran the first km in 5mins. I then settled into my target pace, I ran the 4th km a bit slower at 5:45 because my legs were feeling a bit heavy and I pushed myself to run the final km at 5:30 again. Last week I kicked on at the end but I didn't have the energy this week. Hopefully as I improve my fitness I will be able to kick on at the end of 5km.
My official time has come through at 26:51. The difference is due to my Garmin measuring the distance at 4.95km. This has happened both times ive used my Garmin at Barking Parkrun. Once I finish and get my barcode scanned I jog another 50m to get the Garmin up to 5km.
Here is a link to the run: