Parkrun - 22:56 - Fastest 5km in 5 months!

Hi all!

First apologies for not posting for a while. I have been running but not particularly fast or long so along with being busy I didn't have the motivation to post.

Anyway I had a good parkrun this morning. I am aiming to get back to my PB time of 21:45 by the end of the year by improving my 5km time by at least 10 seconds per week. Last week I ran in 23:17 so my aim today was to run within 23 minutes.

I paced myself well and at the half way point I was at 11:29 so exactly where I wanted. I was running alongside a guy and whenever he sped up a bit I tried to keep up with him and when he slowed I maintained my pace and he then pulled away a bit. So we were keeping each other going but he was a few meters ahead of me the whole way along.

We got to the 250 meter finishing straight and a quick glance at my watch showed that I had to finish it within a minute to match my goal. To be honest I didn't think I had it in me because the run had been a bit difficult but I decided to go for it. I closed in to the other guy very quickly and he sped up to keep up with me however at the 100 meter mark I increased my pace and he wasn't able to keep up. At this stage I was closing up to someone else but he noticed me coming and sped off. When I finished I glanced at my watch and saw that I had finished in sub 23 minutes so was very happy.

I have been getting tight calves again so have been careful not to overdo it and have been using the foam roller too. I will start to see a physio at work soon so hopefully that will help too.

I am moving in the right direction so hopefully the times keep tumbling! See the link below for today's run:

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  • Wow, really well done!

    I can only dream of a 5k that quick ... it takes me about that length of time to put my sports bra on :D

  • :-)

  • Well done.

  • Thanks

  • Well done that an impressive time :-)

  • Thank you

  • That is a brilliant time and you are on track to betting you pb!

  • Thanks. I am hoping to be back at that time in a few months.

  • Well done Aftabs, reckon you will be back to your PB soon. Sounds like you are all giving each other a good bit of competition on your way around x :-)

  • Thanks and yes we were. That is where Parkrun is very good; encouragement and a bit of competition.

  • wow...well done Bionic man :)

  • Thanks JJ!

  • Wow, well done, such a fantastic time. I'd be happy with a sub 30! Brilliant job, hope your calves are ok.......they are the bain of my life at the moment.

  • Thanks. They are a bit tight but hopefully I will get over it soon.

  • Congratulations. Fantastic time. Glad to hear you are still running & hope you are still managing to get out with your daughter too

  • Thanks. I went to Junior Parkrun with my daughter yesterday and she was given a wristband for completing 11 Junior Parkruns. I will post a pic of her with the wristband later today.

  • Fab, well done.

  • Thanks!

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