After a week away it feels like my running has been on hold for ages, in reality I have managed two long runs this week, plus an almost parkrun last Saturday.
One of the fun things about parkrun is that you can attend any run anywhere, so as we were holidaying near Hereford I got everyone up bright and early on the Saturday so that I could take part in Hereford’s parkrun… a great plan except when we arrived we found it was cancelled. As around 20 other people had turned up we all ran anyway (two and a bit laps of the racecourse) and logged it as a freedom run, which is a parkrun course ran outside of scheduled official runs. According to Strava I also achieved a parkrun PB of 28:28… will have to visit Hereford again to make it official!
Early on in our holiday I had found a very quiet country lane close to our accommodation, so on Monday evening I headed out for a run, it was a great route and took me to a tiny place called Kilpeck where I took some time to explore the church and discovered some castle ruins on the hill behind the church. There and back was about 4.5 miles.
As we spent a lot of time on our feet throughout the holiday, I then decided not to run again until this weekend. Feeling shattered yesterday morning, and getting better at not pushing myself to just do it anyway, meant I chose not to do parkrun, but instead conserve my energy.
This morning I took part in a 10k chip timed race, proudly wearing my running club vest for the first time and hoping that the heavy rain showers wouldn’t last I joined around 1,000 other runners (including four from my club) and it was great! The rain stopped for the race by which time we were all moderately soaked anyway, it was warm but not too hot, and not humid. It was hard work because let’s face it running a 10k isn’t an easy thing to do, but I paced myself reasonably well, dropping down to a fast walk when I needed to recover my energy… see definitely learning about looking after myself! All finishers received a lovely medal and a t-shirt.
My official time was recorded as 1:01:01 which is now my second fastest 10k time, and I was also pleased to find I was placed 32/59 in my age category… not at all bad for a novice runner.
- No. of runs: 10
- Distance: 67 km
- Time: 7.5 hours
- No. of runs: 107
- Distance: 617 km
- Time: 72.5 hours