I am sitting here with a precautionary ice pack around my ankle but with a beaming smile because I ran Parkrun in 24:28 which is pretty much a whole minute off my previous PB. It was raining the whole time and I think that helped because I never felt hot.
My intention was to run about 26:15 today but before we started I introduced myself to a Barking Parkrun newbie who was here because his local Parkrun was called off. He told me he normally runs about 24:30 to 25:00. When we got to 1km I noticed that he was just ahead of me and that I was reasonably comfortable with the pace. I kept up with him and when we got to 3km he slowed down but I still felt that I could keep the pace up, even though it was tough going. At this stage I started to feel my left ankle a little bit, not a sharp pain but on each impact there was a bit of discomfort. I looked at my watch and saw that I was on to smash my PB so I thought I would push through it as long as the discomfort didn't get any worse. It didn't get worse so I was able to keep the pace up.
When we got the to finishing straight I could hear someone closing up on me and I thought I had worked too hard to let anyone overtake me at the end so I kicked on and when I looked at the watch I was delighted, well I was delighted after I caught my breath.
The ankle is a little sore now so I will ice it a little and make sure I stretch it throughout the day.
My Garmin showed the run as 4.9km but I am not worried about that because I read a few articles about GPS tracking and it isn't 100% accurate. The organisers of Parkrun have worked hard to map the course out so I trust it was 5km.
I will sign off with Woohooo!!!
Here is a link to my run: