One day. Not today but I will get there.
My son and I have been running at parkrun since August last year. I ran my first parkrun 5K on 10 August 2013 in a time of 33:15 which was my fastest 5K time to that date. Prior to last August, my fastest 5K was approximately 35 minutes so I was chuffed at breaking 35 minutes for the first time. A few weeks later, I took my son to parkrun for the first time. We finished in 42:58, running all the way. The following week, we started running intervals of 1:1 (run:walk) and completed 5K in 39:52. We kept getting faster until week 7 when we finished in 34:09. We went a bit backwards for a couple of weeks as we increased the run interval to a time which needed to be run at a slower pace. When that happens, we keep the same run interval for a few weeks until we can run the new interval at the same pace as previous intervals and, therefore, get a PB for my son. We increase the run interval each time my son gets a PB, unless he hasn’t run for a while. If he’s been away for more than a week or two, we may go back to a shorter run interval. At the moment we are running intervals of 3m 30s.
Anyway, I digress. After my first run, I ran on my own again when my son wanted to spend the morning with my husband on 21 December. I ran another PB – 31:58. Under 32 minutes, great!
A couple of weeks ago, my son ran a PB of 32:28 and the following week was only 20s slower with an increased run interval. It won’t be long before we both get a PB in the same week.
Today, my son wanted to stay home and spend the morning with my husband again so I went to parkrun on my own. I ran all the way round a 5K for the first time since before Christmas (apart from the Disney 5K which was so slow, it doesn’t count) and got another PB. This PB is the reason why I now believe that a sub-30 minute 5K really is within my reach. Today’s 5K was completed in 30:49, over 1 minute faster!
I’ll be back running with my son again next week but the 30 minute barrier is going to be broken at some point, by both of us.