Well as the sun was shining and i was off work, although a lie in would have been lovely i persuaded my partner to accompany me again at Parkrun (our 4th!)
Our course consists of approximately 2000m of footpaths and 3000m of grass; its a slighty undulating, twisting route over Seaclose Park and Medina sports fields, taking in scenic views of the River Medina and the town of Newport.
I missed last week and it had been the first time they had returned to their original venue for quite a few months due to the bad weather and i was keen to try running off road, my first time!!
There was a good turn out and although i didn't have my pal Tracy to run with i decided to start near the back and just try my best to keep up with the crowd. The course wasn't TOO squishy, though now i've looked at my trainers afterwards i can safely say there was a fair amount of mud in places. The first lap seemed to go on WAY too long, i was quite puffed and calf was stiff again, but gritted my teeth and thought this wasn't going to be the day i gave up! it was hot out there, got down to my vest quite quickly, was trying out my new sports bra from LOVE RUNNING shop in Newport, it was excellent!(payday treat!) so felt more secure than usual!
All the stewards were really encouraging, two young sisters who are regular runners were doing a sterling job saying "well done keep on going!" as everyone slogged past, all the steward were great "think of that glass of wine later" & "what a great effort"(who me?!!) , the one that said "set your sights on that person infront , then catch them!" made me giggle, but i did manage to overtake a few and soon the end was in sight and a speedy-ish finish!! YAY!
My time was 33.25, not my fastest but on around 20seconds off my fastest and that was on a flat cycle track...so feeling quite pleased, though just been on doggy walk and legs are a bit stiff! My partner did 24 mins so he will be pleased
Hope everyone has a good running weekend, I'm super impressed with members currently training for longer runs & marathons, just to get to 10k by the end of the year is my aim, 5 k still seems like a feat to me!!