Tried a new Parkrun this morning - and what a technology/brain fail!
My usual is pretty flat - along the river so barely any slopes - let alone hills, but this new one is "hilly" (for me) and on grass so harder going because of that. the grass isnt really cut - just kept down by runners and dog/walkers i guess, so because i don't lift my feet very high it feels like there is a lot more restistance than im used to on the path.
ALso at my usual one, we all listen to the briefing and walk togehter a minute to the start - I use this time to get my app ready to hit "Running!" but at this one we just went! So i had no record of the start and it was too fiddly to get going once we were all on the move.
No matter, i thought, i know its 5k, and i'll get my time from my barcode - not the end of the world!
SO i ran - it was a tough one for the reasons above, and becuase it was a bit warm, and there were fewer people to pace myself against as its a much smaller group.
finally got to the funnel - the last 1k motivated solely by the thought of coffee and the flapjack that always features in the run reports - only to discover that I hadnt got my bleedin' barcode - aargh!
So i have a 1m15s window which I, as UNKNOWN, came in on. Humph!
At least the flapjack was good Loads more people came back for coffee than at my other PR and I chatted to a few which was really nice
I can really see the attraction of Parkrun tourism. A chap I spoke to is in his mid-late 70s (i checked on the results) and is doing a different London run every week and is thinking about going further afield. He does the 5k in less than 25mins, and averages 75% age-graded score- amazing!