Today was my last run for a month because tomorrow is the beginning of the islamic month of Ramadan where Muslims fast from dawn to sunset which in the UK will be approx 18 hours. This time last year I had graduated, ran my first 10km and a few ParkRuns with a 5km PB of about 25:30.
Today I ran with my friend who recently graduated C25K. He asked me to pace him for a 26 min 5km. A few times he asked if I could slow down because he was tired but I knew he could keep it up so I didn't! Barking Parkrun finishes with a 200m straight so we pushed it and ran that section in 45 seconds and finished in 25:42! He did curse me a little when I told him the time we got but he was happy with the time. You can see in the photo that we both ran in the C25K graduate shirt!
So back to me. I've had a great year of running since graduating and have the following PBs:
1km - 3:36
5km - 21:45
10km - 49:55
21.1km - 1:54:53
I have got all the above PBs within the last 3 months and will aim to improve on them all in the coming year.
Also this time last year I was at the end of my weight loss journey having gone from 94kgs down to 70kgs. Today I am at 69kgs and I'm very happy that I have maintained the weight loss in the last 12 months, I don't think I would have been able to keep it off without running.
After Ramadan I am aiming to tailor my training to beat my 5km PB and to run 8 more ParkRuns to reach the 50 run mark.
Happy running all!