Did my second Parkrun this morning and after not running since Wednesday and consequently feeling really fresh and strong, I was really confident of a good run. Add to that that it was a cool, overcast morning and that I managed to get a good starting spot, slap bang in the middle, everything was well set to go out and smash my previous PB.
As it turned out, I really could not ask for more and I was able to finish in 27:15 which is more than 2 minutes faster than my first/last attempt.
There was still some congestion in the first 600-700m but not as bad as last time and I was mentally prepared for it this time. I, anyway, prefer to start out a little bit steady just to keep some oxygen and some energy in reserve.
I found myself glancing at my Garmin a lot less than normal but I had a little bit of a mental wobble at the 3k mark when the beep revealed that I had done the previous kilometer in 5:08 which is so much faster than I had ever run before. At that point I was feeling it but still felt OK-ish and I tried just to throttle back a tad. That wasn't as successful as I planned as it seemed like I was still being towed by the crowd and the 4th K was still pretty brisk at 5:14. Thankfully I didn't run out of gas but didn't have too much left for a finishing spurt. 5:10 for the final kilometer.
At the end, I literally could not believe that I was able to do that. I had thought that 28:30 might be on the cards but not anything in the 27's. Now that I am back home, I actually have slightly mixed feelings because I absolutely know that I will never make that sort of improvement on my 5k PB again.
I got a bit of bad news too. Before the start, I was chatting with a couple of guys who normally do the Orpington Parkrun and who, like me, are entered for the Tonbridge Half Marathon. They advise that the course is NOT "fast and flat" as described by the organisers but really undulating and "a bit of a toughie". Bummer!
Not sure when my next Parkrun will be but it is possible that it won't be for a couple of months.
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