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Parkrun - 5km PB!!! 24:13

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Hi all!

My aim for today's run was about 26 minutes. I have a 10 mile training run tomorrow and I thought I should reserve some energy for it. I told a few of the Parkrun regulars that I would be running a slower one today and was told I was young enough to be able to go a bit faster! However it was my full intention to run a slightly slower one today.

I got to the half way point and the guy timing shouted out my time "half way point 12:15". Bit of mental maths told me that I was at my PB pace and I felt like I had a lot of energy left. The ankle is now about 95% and gives me no issues when running, so I felt that I could step on it in the 2nd lap. I overtook two people that I had encouraged me to run a bit faster and on the final two straights I pushed myself a lot. I was gasping for air by the end and was all but blind with all the water on my glasses but 24:13 was a good time.

When we all finished one of the guys came over to me and said "26 mins, my ar*e!"

I didn't run the 1st lap as fast as I could which was why I had the energy to push on at the end, I have been consistently improving so I feel like I am on for a 23min 5km by the end of the year.

So 10 miles tomorrow. Bring it on.

Here is a link to my run:

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PastyMan profile image

Great run Aftabs, love the last couple of tags "blind lap gasping" probably sums it up!

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AftabsGraduate in reply to PastyMan

Thanks, and that is how the last straight felt like!

Oldgirl profile image

Well done Aftabs, great run again, you really are motoring these days. Hope tomorrows 10M goes well for you. You must be well on track for your 1/2M.

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AftabsGraduate in reply to Oldgirl

Thanks! I'm hoping tomorrows 10M is about 1:40 which keeps me on track for a sub 2hr HM.

squaremum profile image

Brilliant Aftabs! I'm exhausted just reading about your parkrun today and then 10m tomorrow. Well done you.

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AftabsGraduate in reply to squaremum

Thanks! I never would have thought I was capable of running these distances or times, I think it just shows we all have an inner runner locked up and C25K is the right key!

c4ts profile image

You are putting us to shame with these amazing times every week - so well done, hope you still enjoy you 10 miles tomorrow!

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AftabsGraduate in reply to c4ts

Well it's all thanks to C25K! I have no aches or pains from today's run so I'm still looking forward to the 10M. I'll be plotting the route this evening.

crox profile image

Blooming good time that. Last Saturday I did 21km in 2.5hrs 45 minutes after i did a parkrun in 25m so you should be fine for your run tomorrow :-)

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AftabsGraduate in reply to crox

Wow that's impressive! Well done on that achievement and thanks for the encouragement.

Twizzle53 profile image

Wow, that's fantastic, as a beginner I'm in awe !

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AftabsGraduate in reply to Twizzle53

Thanks! I still consider myself a beginner having only been running since April, but I hope to keep running for years to come.

wilmacgh profile image

Great time and good luck for tomorrow. Hope the weather isn't too bad for you.

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IannodaTruffe profile image

The man to beat......... Great time Aftabs and huge respect for taking on 10 miles tomorrow. I did my first five mile run today and feel I am well on target for 10k by the end of the month. Don't forget the snorkel, tomorrow. Good luck.

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AftabsGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks Ian. The weather forecast for tomorrow morning is OK in East London so no snorkel required! It'll be a bit chilly though but I'll have to gt used to that now.

Malcy profile image

Only one word - SENSATIONAL. What a runner!

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AftabsGraduate in reply to Malcy

You are too kind, thanks!

Nice 5k time and sounds like that ankle is back to good health. Enjoy your 10mile run today.

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AftabsGraduate in reply to runningnotwalking

Thanks! I just got back from the 10M and wrote about it.

Jefna profile image

Blummin hell Aftabs that's incredible! Well done

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