This morning I ran my first 5k since April and it felt great, I have been getting faster with my 10k’s and this morning I was hoping for a sub 21 parkrun which would knock a minute or so off my best yet which was 22:21.
I woke early for breakfast and a coffee before heading off out the door for my run to Southampton Common, I ended up going a fairly direct 2.5 miles to the start of the parkrun which I ran quite well and it felt great when I arrived but in the back of my mind was a niggling thought “had I overdone the run down” Ahh well only time will tell. After chatting with a few mates I lined up at the start and headed for the very front to give myself every chance of a decent race, I am fast enough to get off the line sub 6 min miles so I knew I would not slow anyone down. Once the hooter sounded we headed off up the common straight and I had a great pace sub 6 as predicted and then rounding the bend and up the first hill which was ok, then the second long straight which felt good turning back and running back towards the start/finish for the first time. This was my first parkrun where I could see the front runners in front of me at that point so I knew it was going well, I continued at pace and up onto the long incline which was hard but I knew once there it was a short sprint across the common to the triangle and then the homeward straight which felt great. I had a great finish managing to avoid some pesky bugger trying to pass me and crossed the line in an amazing Sub 21 🙂
I cant tell you how happy I am with todays result both in terms of my race and my finish and I put it down to a couple of things, firstly my new motto of Train hard and Race easy which simply means the more work I put in during training the easier racing has become, I train with my amazing Club the Lordshill Road Runners and am so grateful for all the support they give me constantly and I know this has made me a stronger faster runner. The second is RunCamp which if you have not checked out before and your into running you really do need to check it out, I am only on week 1, well 2 really and its just brilliant, it concentrates on improving my running form which again it turn makes me a faster stronger and above all safer runner which helps me avoid injury. You can check out both of these using the links below but I would urge anyone out there to join a local club as a first port of call.
I am so lucky that I can run the next few parkruns so am hoping to keep nibbling away at my time and hopefully by the time I run Parkrun USA in January I will be a coveted sub 2o parkrunner, well thats the plan !
Next week I am doing a little parkrun tourism and off to Brockenhurst parkrun with my club.
I finished todays parkrun in position 45th out of runners in a confirmed time of 20:43 an amazing 1 minute and 30 seconds faster than my previous best and I came 2nd in my age category.
This was my fastest race so far I manages to run an average pace of 6:40 min miles or 9 mph.
A few photos thanks to this weeks volunteer photographer Nick Perkins