It is my first run in two weeks because of getting a virus and my asthma playing up, so no weekly stats to share.
I am still a bit under the weather so my plan was to run the first lap at a comfortable pace and see how I feel. However I ended up running faster than I should have because I ran the first lap in 12:25. I ran faster because I am 3rd in the points table for Barking Parkrun and I noticed that the guy in 4th place was about 5 places ahead of me. I wanted to keep him within striking distance and this meant I upped my pace a little. By the time I got to half way I was just behind him and decided to push on to overtake him. After passing him I closed in on a young boy who decided that he didn't want to be overtaken! Everytime I increased my pace a little he matched me, we pushed each other for the next km until I decided to let him go because I was pushing myself more than I should. I was overtaken with a km to go and when I got to the finishing straight I decided to go flat out and took the place back. That was probably a bad idea because after the finishing line I was very dizzy and the world was spinning a little bit! I was OK after some water and a sit down but I probably ran a few days before I should have.
A few of our regulars are running the London Marathon tomorrow so I wished them well and will be applying for it next year.
I will probably miss the beginning of tomorrows run because I am taking my 4 year old daughter to a Junior Parkrun (2km) that is starting in Dagenham. She is very excited and I have promised her something nice after each run she does. I expect her to walk the majority of it but the main point is to get her into good habits. Once we have finished I will rush home to watch the marathon.
I will post a link to my run a little later on today, the Garmin is playing up.
Happy running all!