Ran to Laura's 5k+ stamina, and managed a mahoosive 4 secs off my 5k PB (achieved at my second parkrun way back before IBS took over, just after graduating). Am both surprised and delighted! I just wanted to manage to run 5k again!
Yes it WAS flipping hard work, mind you, and I really was a beetroot faced fish out of water... It was only cos I'm an ornery so and so that kept me going longer than 15 mins when I started to feel sick. But I kept up with the pace, I completed the 35 min run and Mapmyrun has me completing the 5k within that at 32:53, not quick but quick for me 😀
Moral of the story is that the tough ones are worth it 😀
Oh, and you often can find a way even when your body rebels against you in the most unpleasant way ( argh for some reason as I typed that last bit I was singing it a la Mary Poppins Spoonful of Sugar!!!)
Have fun all you runners- if not during the run then during those lovely moments in your warm down walk when you can reflect on being alive and enjoying it!