So I decided that I would do the parkrun after all despite going out and almost running 5k yesterday.
I got stressed getting to the venue as although I'd been before I wasn't 100% sure I could remember how to get there, not a problem I thought, I have my trusty garmin (car sat nav not a funky forerunner 10). My trusty garmin had a complete hissy fit and crashed hoping it just needs an update or even maybe a factory reset then uplate, I would be lost without my garmin, literally, I'm quite often lost with it but it gets me to places and more importantly I need it's guidance to get to the farm for a bale of hay, the battle bunnies will soon be hungry.
Anyway despite the loss of my directional guidance I found it ok. Ferd and I started our walk to the start. I was getting paranoid about being late. So I walked pretty fast (a bit too fast) and then jogged a bit and surprised a man having a cheeky wee.
Phew made it, just enought time to put on running belt and fiddle with the phone to get the zombies running and the gps tracking going.
And we're off.
Ferd and I had positioned ourselves right at the back, just ahead of the two that were walking but behind all the runners, I also had Ferds shorter lead. Ferd wanted to race off at the start but he did really well at listening to me. All the front runners were off and soon it was just a few of us taking it easy (or not so easy, but you know slow) I was keeping pace with someone for a while but then they sped up and I was left behind a dad and son combo, the boy was running and walking with his dad encouraging him all the way, I passed them at one point but it was too late the gremlin in my head decided walking was better than running. I slowed to a walk. I have to say it was the right decision as I could feel a little pain breathing, I think my ribs are a little inflamed again, that or it's the hayfever, but the pain feels more like my ribs. It's nothing to worry about, it's because I have ME, I really shouldn't have gone out today.
We finished the course with alternating run and walk, no plan just ran when I felt I could, picked up the pace if I could and walked when I needed to and still I completed 5k in 41 minutes and 58 seconds which is only a minute and a few seconds over my first parkrun time, so I am actually pretty pleased.
I have also come up with a parkrun reward system:
Do parkrun = 1 iced bun
Do parkrun and run the whole way = 2 iced buns
Do parkrun and get PB = 3 iced buns
I really like iced buns so to reach the goal of being able to scoff three is pretty good incentive
But my poor ickle feet. The anti blister socks and body glide are helping but there is no getting away from the fact that my trainers aren't wide enough. They were ok when I was starting out, but now I am running longer, it's getting warmer, I run through puddles and it's taking it's toll on my feet. I am having to use blister plasters to help prevent too much damage being done. I've always had probems with my feet and I've always struggled to find trainers that are wide enough so I think it might be time to pop along to my local sweatshop store and get some gait analysis and advice on trainers that will help prevent my feet becoming a mangled bloody mess (and then see if I can find some more stuff to sell on ebay to pay for a new pair).
Oh and there were zombies
I now feel pretty rough and the rest of my day is going to be spent in bed and chanting rest days are there for a reason, you should know that better than most.