I had a good Parkrun yesterday and finished in 23:20. I am still getting back up to speed so wasn't going flat out.
Today is Junior Parkrun day and I went to our local run with my 4 year old daughter. When we woke up the weather was very grey and cloudy but the rain was forecast to start at 10am by which time the run would have been over. Last week Hafsa finished the 2km in 23 mins so our aim was to beat that time. I had to push Hafsa quite a bit last week because she found it hard. This week she decided when to walk, when to run and was a lot more enthusiastic. She only stood still once today and that was when she saw some nice white flowers and told me she wanted to stand and look at them for a minute! I reminded her that we were running and we can look at them when once we finish. She had a good sprint finish, which started earlier than last week and finished in 21 mins. So 2 mins off last week and she got a second medal!
Here is a link to Hafsa's run:
That was my first run of the day, I dropped Hafsa back home and got ready for my first run of my Half Marathon training plan. A friend told me he is running in the Southend Half Marathon which got me researching the race and deciding to run it too. I used the Asics race time predictor and using my 5km PB it estimated that I should aim for a 1 hr 40 HM time, which seemed very optimistic to me. After seeking some advice from the Facebook C25K group and getting great encouragement I decided to aim for the time and put together a training plan accordingly.
So todays run was a 10km run, including 1km warm up and down and 8km in the middle at about 5:15 per km pace. As I was about to leave home the cloudy were darker and there was a bit of light rain with the forecast showing heavy rain to start within an hour. I decided not to wear my jacket because it was 12 degrees and I knew that I couldn't run at that pace if I overheated.
I had the run programmed into my Garmin and needed it to help me keep up with the required pace. Whenever my pace dropped the Garmin beeped and that was my cue to up my pace. I didn't have a problem with getting breathless but after 4kms my right calf was feeling a little stiff which made it hard to maintain the pace. I managed to keep up the pace but it required some effort. It was a relief when I got to the 10th km and could ease off. I finished my run with a km left to walk home and as luck would have it a downpour began, it was nice for a minute as it cooled me down but with the wind it quickly got unpleasant. So even though I was very tired I jogged back home!
So overall a very good morning! Here is a link to my run: