This week the plan said 5, 7 and 15k. Well courtesy of shingles, the 5 and the 7 didn't happen - the IC won the day. No way could I face the 15k today, but I did at least feel like doing something - definite progress. I decided to have a go at my local parkrun for the first time. It's quite a busy one with approx 600 runners each week so, although the distance was short (but sensible) I would at least get some of the sensation of queuing and waiting and running in a crowd on an unfamiliar route, albeit on a far smaller scale than the Great South run.
Being the first Saturday of the month there were lots of pacers on the run (I didn't know this was a 'thing'). I started slow, in the middle of the pack and soon decided I could run behind the 33 minute pacer. After a couple of km I decided all was well and I would settle in between 33 and 32, another km in and I was gaining on the 32km guy! Overtaking him felt good, but it had nothing on overtaking the 31min pacer in the last 0.5km - he was sooo encouraging too! Final time is 30.51, only 4 seconds slower than my only other Parkrun. I'm very happy with that - I survived a 600 people crowd and made a good time for me, despite having had a lousy week
So now I have a question for you lovely seasoned runners - GSR is 2 weeks tomorrow (16km). I've run 15k three times now (the last one being 3 weeks before race day), no further. My plan had been to do another 15k this weekend, then leave next weekend as a shorter run of 10k to save my legs for the big day. Shall I stick with my planned 4, 5,10 then 4, 5, 16k race? or should I try to fit another 15k in between now and race day , and if so, how close to race day can I sensibly leave it (it takes me a while to do 15k but I may be able to squeeze it into a weekday next week)? Hope that all makes sense