New Year’s Day Parkrun

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 🙂


One thought on “New Year’s Day Parkrun

  1. theblogrunner

    Sorry your run didn’t go as well as planned, but you did brilliantly considering your late start. Well done for getting it done. I hope you get to relax and enjoy the rest of your day. 🙂

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