Parkrun - 21:30 - 2nd fastest time in slippery conditions

Parkrun - 21:30 - 2nd fastest time in slippery conditions

Hi all!

It was a nice crisp morning this week with the temperature at 0 degrees. I stopped to take a photo as I entered Barking Park and it looked lovely. It isn't clear from the photo but there was a little bit of ice on the path and that made it slippery at parts. It was therefore difficult to really push hard because whenever I ran a bit faster my foot slipped slightly before getting some grip.

I wasn't sure what kind of time I could go for because of the conditions. I ran my normal 1km warm up and ran it faster than normal just to try and warm up but I was slipping a bit.

I set off at a reasonable pace but was never comfortable enough to fully commit around corners and on slippery parts and this showed on my times because I was about 5 seconds slower than PB pace at the end of the first lap. I knew a PB wasn't possible so I set my mind on getting my 2nd fastest time. I was running along with someone and we pushed each other along, whenever I pushed a bit he kept up with me. At the 4km mark he pulled ahead of me slightly and I wasn't able to catch him but I kept him very close and with a strong finish I achieved a time of 21:30. Considering the conditions I am very happy with the time and feel that I can keep improving my times.

Happy running all and here is a link to my run:

5 Replies

  • Well done Aftab. This frost really makes it slippy so you've done well to keep your footing let alone getting such a good time. Keep on running!

  • Well done!! What a fab time!!!

    I was out Park running this morning too on the ICE!!!!!!!! It was hair-raisingly scary and people were slip sliding all over the place. You could feel yourself tensing up and taking quick, light tentative steps as you braced yourself for a fall. Perhaps that was just me! LOL

  • Well done on surviving the frost and ice.

  • Good time in really bad conditions. My local park run was called off as it was like a skating ring. If it had not been cancelled there wouldn't have been many PB's set. I'm sure you'll set another PB in better conditions.

  • Aftab, well done at least you were able to get out. high winds rain, thunder and ligtening as well as hailstones equals no rain for me.

    Still recovering too from a viral illness so last run was 10 days ago. Need to get back out there, just not yet.

    Glad to see your still keeping up with the running too.

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