This week was the club Christmas handicap which saw 15 club members turn out on a wet and windy evening to complete the 5.5k course. This means that start times were staggered based on each participant’s fastest 5k of the year. As I had the slowest fastest 5k time I got to start first and everyone else had a handicap applied with the fastest person starting around 15 minutes after me.
I had run 5k earlier in the week with a 6:15 min/km pace, so my anticipated time for the handicap was about 34-35 minutes and I finished in 35:40 and 8th place both of which I was pleased with. But even more encouraging was that I’d managed to run the 5k and 5.5k with just 42 hours between the two. Following that I was looking forward to parkrun on Saturday and as my son had chosen Ellesmere Port, that is where we went.
Waking up on Saturday morning to the sound of rain lashing against the window I was no longer looking forward to parkrun but the rain cleared and it actually turned out to be a lovely morning. We hadn’t run Ellesmere Port since late October when there was great ‘fun’ running in marshy boggy conditions, with the weather continuing to be more wet than dry I imagined the course would be similarly muddy yesterday. And it didn’t let me down! Christmas jumpers, festive hats and another squelchy mud run sucking at our feet and a time of 34:13, which meant that my 40th parkrun was two and a half minutes slower than last week’s at Delamere – all down to the ground conditions. But in terms of injury recovery/fitness improvements a good result, here are my last three times at Ellesmere Port parkrun.
Have a great week, K x