This week has been minimal on running with a good reason, and that reason is Jess. Jess is a gorgeous dog that I now volunteer to walk as the owner is unable to take her out herself. So it may have been minimal running but there was a lot of walking.
My son and I didn’t go to track on Monday as he’s mid exams and following his revision residential I felt he needed to rest and he agreed. Yes I could have gone on my own but honestly I didn’t have the energy either. I went out on my own for a gentle run late Monday morning, I had intended to do about 5 miles as I need to increase distance rather than pace, however, after about 1 mile I knew my legs weren’t switched to running mode so stopped at just 3 miles.
Tuesday and Thursday I walked Jess, Wednesday was art class, Friday I did my two classes at the gym, and Saturday was parkrun and walking Jess again.
I was looking forward to being able to do parkrun with my son on Saturday as it’s been a few weeks since he’s been able to join me. We have a nice time together driving there and back, obviously I don’t really see him after the start until I finish as he’s that much faster than me! But he always cheers me on at the finish line. The weather forecast for Saturday was warm and dry and having asked my son which parkrun he’d like to do, we ended up at Delamere.
Delamere was the first parkrun I did, it’s a single lap of the mere (lake) on woodland paths. I’ve ran it five times and I think my son has joined me 3 times. The last time I was at Delamere (Aug-2018) I achieved my overall parkrun fastest time of 27:54, however, I wasn’t expecting to achieve anywhere near that time yesterday.
It was a lovely warm morning and the forest was beautiful. Delamere is a very popular parkrun with good reason and this week almost 400 runners took part. As is my thing at the moment I started near the back and was ready for another hard slog but for the first time since my injury I actually settled into my run and was enjoying it. Reaching 2 miles I was confident that I’d be able to run the whole 5k without too much distress, but then I overheard a marshal saying that one of the runners had possibly had a seizure. Stopping immediately I had to find out whether it was my son as he has epilepsy, thankfully someone was able to tell me that the person concerned was wearing a blue t-shirt not green t-shirt. And with that news I set off again crossing the line with a time of 32:05, and glad to be able to give my son a hug.
My time was just 31 seconds slower than last week at Phoenix, so I’m confident that I may have improved on my Phoenix time had I not stopped.
[We later heard the runner was taken to hospital as a precaution but is ok]
Stats for the week:
- no. of Jess walks: 3
- total Jess distance: 12 miles
- no. of runs: 2
- total run distance: 6 miles
Less than 4 weeks to be 10k ready… I really need to up my training.
Have a great week, K x