Parkrun 5km - 22:22 - Good run but mixed feelings

Hi all!

So first it has been a good week for the running:

Sunday - 13km - 1:16:57

Tuesday - 5km - 26:53

Thursday - 5km - 29:00

Today - 5km - 22:22

Recently my calf's have been very tight so I bought compression calf support to help. It certainly has helped because even though my calf's are a bit tight I have had no pain while I have been running. It gave me the confidence to push a bit more today. In addition I have slowly increased my endurance by increasing my long runs. I am aiming to increase to a half marathon distance by next month. I will then maintain my long runs between 16km and HM distance. In addition I will start interval sessions again but I think I have to improve my endurance first.

So to today, I set my Garmin so I could race against last weeks time of 22:55. My aim was to improve my time by about 10 seconds. Every km I looked at the watch to see where I was compared to last week. The watch kept showing me as about 5 seconds ahead, so nothing special. I felt like I was keeping up a good pace but the watch wasn't reflecting that. I tried to keep up with the runners around me and whenever someone pulled a bit ahead of me I tried to improve my pace to keep up. When I got to the 4km mark I felt tired and because the watch wasn't showing me as much better than last week I didn't increase my pace to try and gain 10 seconds or so. When I finished my time was 22:22 and I was very surprised. The reason the watch's comparison was so off was because it has measured today's run as 4.86km rather than 5km. This has happened a few times before but it is a limitation of the technology.

So I am very happy with the time but had I known I was so close to my PB of 22:12 I would have pushed through and maybe got the PB.

So I have a 15km planned for tomorrow and maybe a faster Parkrun next week!

Happy running all and here is a link to today's run:

8 Replies

  • Well done Aftab, I'm sure that PB will come soon. I've just ordered a Garmin as I'm fed up with Endomondo going awry but reading this realise it isn't infallible either, still going to be nice to just glance at my wrist instead though.

  • Thanks, I've accepted the shortfalls in the tech, but it's still great.

  • Great run. You are really flying these days!

  • Thanks!

  • Ooooh, good to hear about compression calf guards, I think I'm going to bite the bullet and order some. I need the extra support as I'm unable to push on because of the worry. Also, your posts never fail to impress me. Keep posting please! :)

  • Thanks! I ran 10 miles (16km) on Sunday and the calf compression guards really helped in stopping the tight calfs.

  • Think I will have to try them after all of these recommendations. Which ones did you go for?!

  • I have these, you have to measure your calf and get the right size, otherwise it might not be tight enough.

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