I was so pleased last week to be able to run with so little pain that I was a bit disappointed that a 3 mile walk on Monday set it off again. As a result I decided this week would be gentle on the running.
Monday – walk, Tuesday – 30 lengths swim, Wednesday – 5k steady run, Thursday – rest day and sports massage, Friday – 20 lengths swim, Saturday – parkrun.
I was happy that on Wednesday I ran the whole distance (apart from crossing roads) with my pace coming out as 10:53 min/mile, so I was confident that I would be able to run parkrun non-stop.
I chose to run Delamere, which is a single lap of the lake (mere), it has a couple of short uphills but otherwise is just flat (ish). It’s a beautiful place to run, trail paths through woodland and was initially set as my home parkrun, until my son said he preferred the Ellesmere Port course and we switched. I’ve mentioned before that we are ideally placed with four parkruns within about 20 minutes (Delamere, Ellesmere Port, Chester and Phoenix in Runcorn), which is great for making a last minute change of plan. I chose Delamere because I’d only done it once this year and that was in May. I had a vague notion that I might be able to get close to a 30 minute time but decided I wouldn’t look at my Garmin instead just concentrate on keeping a steady pace and not walking at all!
My time came through as 31:36 which is my fastest parkrun time since June and about 30 seconds quicker than my only other Delamere run this year, and I was 8th in my age category out of 24 runners which I was very impressed with!
Next week is the club Christmas handicap and I have high hopes of being the first starter as I maybe the slowest club runner!
Have a great week, K x