Last week, I got a new PB - about a minute and a half faster than the previous, which was from a single parkrun I had done 2 years ago before injury intervened!
So last week I was anxious to make the PB in this era of running, and the previous week was only 15 seconds outside it. So I felt quite keyed up because I felt I HAD to beat it. In the end I was 1:23 faster, so the old PB was now history.
So this week I decided to take it easy, and not attempt a new PB. So I thought, as the PB was now 36:13 I'd aim for 37-38 mins. It never works out like that though, does it? On the day you tend to go faster than intended, so I was only 14 seconds slower than last week, and still faster than the 2017 PB.
The hilarious part was that my son was doing a Parkrun in London at the time. There is something the matter with his phone that causes it to "pocket-dial" random people on the Speed dial list on his phone, especially when he's running. During his parkrun he managed to pocket dial the home phone twice, and my mobile FOUR times! So I'm chugging along listening to The Who on a running playlist on Spotify, and the headphones start playing The Ride of the Valkyries (seems to be its default ringtone), while my phone starts playing Radiohead (my phone ringtone). I look at the watch and see it's my son and ignore it. At the end there are four voicemail messages 4 minutes long of heavy panting!
Then the useless headphones disconnected from the bluetooth - I lost the motive to carry on running and have to say I walked a little and reconnected them. Then later on it happened again!
I've yet to find running headphones that (a) stay in my ear and (b) don't disconnect randomly. Any recommendations? Am looking into these "headbones" that use bone conduction technology - also good for cycling as they leave your ears open.
The picture is the Thames just coming down from Abingdon bridge, on the way to the start of the Parkrun.