Busy few days for me with 3 funerals to play for in less than a week along with various other rehearsals.
Set off this morning excited about Graduation and the possibility of a 5k PB. Got halfway to the Parkrun start and realised I hadn't eaten anything since 230 yesterday afternoon! Contemplated going back for a banana but decided I would be able to do it as long as I didn't push it so made the decision to ditch the idea of a PB and just run a steady 5k instead.
So off I went along a breezy but warm seafront, through Bottle Alley - a covered area where my son and I like to play "Poo - Dog or Human?" on our runs 😂. Never quite sure where the 2.5km turn round point is without a cone and a man in a high vis but think I turned at the right point. All good!
Didn't feel like I might die as I came past the Azur - which I usually do in Parkrun. Came down the slope at the 4k mark and decided to have a sneeky peak at my timer to see how I was going - can't seem to help being competitive with myself despite the very wise words of everyone on this forum.
A 5 min last km would see me in in 30 mins so I went for it! To be honest it was never going to happen as I just don't possess that turn of speed - got beaten in a Mums' race at my son's primary school by a woman carrying a very small baby and I was properly trying 😂 So no PB today but I did manage 30:45 so pretty damn chuffed.
I know now that I can go faster over a shorter distance (which I need to be able to do) and really believe I can go further at a comfortable pace (which I would like to be able to do).
I came here 10 weeks ago to train for my Army entrance run truly believing that I hated running, I couldn't do it and everyone who did was mad! .... that last bit might be a little bit true
A massive thank you to all my virtual running buddies on this forum - I would name check you but don't want to forget anyone. This really is a very, very special corner of the internet.
Happy Running Everyone x