You read it right, that's a personal best, oh did I say world record? Sorry, I meant to say a personal best time of 7:55 AM that being the time I woke up on a Saturday!
At this point I weighed myself, didn't like the numbers, moved the scales, weighed myself again, repeated the above, then decided the whole weighing myself thing was a bad Idea from the start and putting it out of my mind.
After having less showers than could be considered useful I got dressed and set off to my nearest parkrun. I arrived about 5 to 9 and waited around a bit,, there were lots of people so I pretended to look like I knew what I was doing, when I was actually trying to look like I was avoiding the rain - unsuccesfully, all the while looking like I was a bit lost. So a double bluff.
At about quarter past everyone started getting together and a volunteer (awesome people and I'm very grateful to them all!!) asked if there were any tourists, then new people, then we were all walking in a certain direction. I went towards the back of the pack. (Apparently there were 228 people this week ( just a warning that I am putting brackets within brackets here, I'm a physicist so that is my excuse for ruining the English language (sorry about that ( and that is the day before the Great Manchester Run!))))
So I was towards the back third I think, the sky was grey which was normal for manchester, it was raining which was normal, and there were huge puddles on the paths, which was particularly normal. And everyone set off. At this point I was getting my wristband out ready to show someone, I didnt realise its only at the end of the race you get scanned, which makes sense! So I started running with everyone. Got very wet trainers and socks, after the second Kilometer I was shouting thankyou at all the volunteers for being so nice.
Throughout the race I was pushing it a bit, I was mostly following someone in-front of me (its a lot easier than following someone behind me) who I ended up losing, on the last K I picked up the pace a bit, then on the last stretch around a nice pond I started running faster, then got tired just before the end where people overtook me. Queued up for a bit to get scanned, went to the wrong person, went back to the right person, sure my wrist band wouldn't work but It did! 1st parkrun done. I waited around a bit to see what would happen then started to walk home.
On my way home I walked around Sainsburies fallowfield to try and try and stay feeling like I was with other people. After doing this for longer than anybody should sanely walk around a supermarket without any intention of buying anything I carried on back.
Then I remembered I had brought a fiver with me and realised it would be good to get some decaff ground coffee so I could drink too much coffee without drinking too much caffeine. Went to a smaller sainsburies, found it, then realised Id lost my five pounds , on the bright side, somebody found five pounds and I't balanced the times when I was a kid and probably found a fiver
So now I have typed this up and intend to have as many showers as could be considered useful before drinking way too much coffee with way too much caffeine.
As I've been writing this I checked the parkrun page for parkrun south manchester, it said they usually update them a day or two after but Ive just noticed it change. My run time was 28:14 , which I'm absolutely delighted with!!!! Also Fits nicely with W8r3!
Wow did not expect a time like that! I need to mentally and physically slap myself! Thankyou again to all the volunteers who stood in the rain so we could have a run! Thanks to this forum for getting me into this place!