It was one of those days today where if it could go wrong, it did.
First, Adam decided that he didn’t want to get up and come to parkrun with me 😦 so I had to run it on my own. Then I left home about 10 minutes late which meant I wasn’t at the start when the run actually started – I started from the car park, and had to catch up with the tail runner before I even started!
As it was a cloudy morning, my Garmin didn’t get my location either so I was running “blind”. I can’t believe how much I actually rely on it. Not only for the intervals but also to let me know my pace and 1 km splits.
So, I think I went off far too fast/hard and paid the price for it after the first 2 km or so. As I didn’t have my interval beeps on my watch, I decided to see if I could run the whole 5k. Due to going off too fast, thanks to having to catch up with the tail runner to start with, I needed to walk at around 2.5 km. I passed the finish line (2 km) in 12 minutes! I can just about run a 6 minute km but it is usually from 3-4 or 4-5 not the first 2 km. Walking was a mistake, my legs really didn’t want to go again after that walk break. I think it is partly psychological. I’d told myself that I was going to try to run all of it but then I didn’t. I’ve found this before, if I run set intervals and I know that I’m going to do them it is easier to start running again after the walk break. Needless to say, after one walk break I needed to take another couple.
Somehow, I managed to finish in under 32 minutes – 31:52. Just imagine what my time would have been if I’d started at my usual place within the crowd.
On 1 January 2014, I finished the parkrun in a time of 35:51 having got a PB of 31:59 the week before Christmas. This year, I finished in 31:52 and got a PB two weeks before Christmas. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2015 will bring.
I then walked home and stretched, or attempted to my legs really didn’t want to know. My calves and shins are still sore, I think it is time to invest in some new running trainers 🙂