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Training run with a parkrun finish

This morning I had a 5 mile at my marathon pace in my planner so at 08:30 I headed off to the Common and my slower longer pace of around 8 min miles, its the perfect warm up of about 2.5 miles and I saw a few lovely runners and friends along the way which is pretty cool.  Once at the Common I ran the parkrun at my marathon pace of 7:20 min mile which is not fast for me but felt good especially after a really heavy Christmas party last night 🙂  after a quick barcode scan I headed off running home again at my mara pace for the last 2.5 miles.

It was another fab turnout at the common and although my thoughts on parkrunning have changed slightly because of my marathon training it was a lovely way to start a saturday.

I covered just over 8 miles this morning and it was quite enjoyable, I have once again been full of this winter bug this week so training has been tough but I managed it ok.

I am hoping again to do a parkrun next week all going well and that will be part of a 7 mile faster run.

Photo thanks to Chris.




Pre-Gosport parkrun

This morning I managed to fit in my first parkrun for a few weeks but it was only a gently run around before tomorrows half marathon at Gosport.

I woke up early for a coffee and there was lord of discussion on Facebook about shorts or tights 🙂  well I poked my head outside and opted for tights and it was the right choice let me tell you! when I arrived at the common it was just scraping past 2 degrees and still damp from the overnight mist but I was excited to see the new course C for our run.  There were lots of people already arriving and most like me were complaining about the cold, yes winter has definitely arrived.

I was not 100% sure wether to go all out or plod around today but after a quick chat with Captain Jim I opted for something in the middle to save my legs for tomorrow, I have learned that running too slow can be as dangerous as running to fast so I stuck at a comfortable 7:15 minute mile and loved it,  this is actually just a tiny bit slower than my current half marathon pace.

The new course is great, the extra hills suited me just fine and I think it will be a PB course, I guess the next week or so will tell.

I ran around today in 22:38 and it felt great, I a really looking forward to the Gosport Half marathon tomorrow which officially kicks off my Rome Marathon training and I have opted to work with Ant from RunCamp who is coaching me but more on that later.

Thanks to Paul Hammond for the photo, thats me waiving to the marshals 🙂  I know none of these lads are wearing my super warm tight but hey they all have 30 years on me !!!



Southampton parkrun

This morning I did the first of my 3 runs for this weekend 🙂  yes 3 !  which was not intentional but I am very happy about how it turned out but more on that in the next 2 posts coming soon.

I drove to parkrun this morning rather than running because I had another race this afternoon so I arrived about 08:20 which was perfect for plenty of chatting time which was perfect for me today and I got to chat with lots of my friends, I had not really decided which pace to go for but I knew that I would not hammer it today and spoil my chances of a good race later today especially  because my race this afternoon was the first of the Hampshire Road Running League (HRRL) so as we were about to start I wandered towards the middle of the field so not to spoil it for faster runners,  I then heard my name being called and it was my good buddy David who has been off injured for a few weeks after a nasty injury to his ankle, well that was perfect and I decided to run with him, we both run very close normally so we know each others style well, we started the race and had a good natter for the full 5k and time just flew by,  thankfully his ankle was fine at the end and we finished together in just under 26 minutes, a nice calorie burner and 1 step closer to that parkrun t-shirt too.

The best thing about the occasional slower parkrun is that I get to chat people on the way round and encourage a few that might be struggling, when I am racing I am so focused that I rarely see anyone let along chat to anyone, this is a concept that seemed alien to me a few months back but since Andy Griggs gave me the heads up on running my attitude has changed quite a bit, still cant get near his speed and probably never will but I have the right attitude haha !

Really enjoyed todays run and it stretched my legs for a wonderful PB this afternoon but more on that on Monday coz I have the amazing and very muddy Wolf Run tomorrow which is a 10k obstacle race.



Slow and steady parkrun

After a full day of celebrating my birthday yesterday I drove to southampton common this morning to run the 59th southampton parkrun on what turned out to be perfect running weather.

Earlier this week my friend and fellow hiller Lisa asked me if I was running because she wanted to run but not alone, so I offered to run with her knowing that I would not be on top form after the celebrations 🙂  Lisa had a PB of 32 minutes so our aim was to beat that.

We stared off towards the back of the starting coral and once the horn sounded we set of at a fairly decent 8:30 min mile pace which we kept up through to the first hill where we slowed a little but after a few words of encouragement we soon picked up and around to the long downhill section.  We continued doing well and ran past the start finish and across the common towards the last hill and the finish straight.

Down to the finish we had time to smile for the camera and we crossed the line in around 27 minutes a full 5 minutes off of Lisa’s PB and a nice steady pre race run for me too.

Really enjoyed today running with Lisa, I am racing at Clapham Common tomorrow so hopefully todays easy run will help me keep a good pace there although to be honest I don’t think racing at parkrun does me any harm if I have a 10k the next day.

We crossed the line in 27:44 which was a 5 minute PB for Lisa

Check out the stats from my Polar watch

Thank you Coolster 1 for this photo of Lisa and I finishing

Still striving for a sub 20 parkrun……But new PB today

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.

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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.

 You can check out the results from my Polar HRM here

A few photos thanks to this weeks volunteer photographer Nick Perkins