Wohoo! I would have put an extra exclamation point if I had run a second faster but I think I will have to make do with 23:01!
Parkrun had a PB weekend, with a challenge for all Parkrunners to try and run a PB. Well I didn't really need the extra incentive but I used it anyway. I thought the only way I could beat my PB was to run a very fast first km and then settle into a pace I could keep up for the remainder. I ran the first in 4:18 and the rest between 4:40 and 4:46.
I use the virtual racer function on the Garmin Forerunner 610 which allowed me to race last weeks PB. This had me 35 seconds ahead going into the last km, but I lost some of this lead because my energy was gone by then. So this weeks 5th km was slower than last weeks, but overall a lot faster.
So I am pretty much at a 23 min 5km and that was my target by the end of this year, I am 3 months ahead of schedule.
Also I have now run 104.5km in the month and have a 6.5km run tomorrow, so will have over 110km in the month. Running the extra distance has definately helped my 5km times.
My Dad is due to graduate from C25K in the middle of next week and I have told him that he is joining me at Parkrun next week for his first 5km. I plan on pacing him to a 32 min 5km, which is achievable for him but will be a push. I have bought him a red C25K graduate shirt, so look forward to that pic next week!
Finally a fellow heathunlocked user from Liverpool joined us at Barking Parkrun, so a big hello to LFCFan.
Here is a link to my run: