A Run In The Park

With less than two weeks to go until my first Park Run, I decided to go and check out the local park for this morning’s run.

It was the perfect morning for a run. The sun was shining and the air was cool and crisp, so I headed across the road and over the railway bridge to the park.

Having never been to Hove Park before, even though it is less than a mile from my front door (shame on me!), I got a little bit confused with my directions and found myself in Hove Recreation Ground instead. Not that I minded. It was very quiet compared with the seafront, with only a couple of other people around.

The path around the recreation ground was much better than I had expected, so I headed off a good pace up the first incline. Yes, I was running up a hill! Not a very steep hill. More of a slope if I’m honest, but as I have been running on the flat since I started, it did take me by surprise a little bit.ย Of course, the good thing about running uphill is that you get to run back down again, which gave me a chance to get my breath back.

After a couple of laps of the recreation ground, I started to get a bit bored so headed back out to the street to find the park. Another downhill section really lifted my spirits until I saw the park itself.

Hove Park

It was huge! And it had hills!! Ok, slopes, but I’m really not used to this.ย Still, I knew that I would have to get used to running uphill if I was going to do a Park Run in two weeks, so I steadied my pace and kept going.

I won’t lie. It wasn’t easy. But somehow I managed to keep going and before I knew it I had reached my goal of 2.5 miles.

The RunKeeper app that I’m using recorded 2.53 miles in 28:12, so when I got home I checked my time and was delighted to discover that I had done 2.5 miles in 27:57. That’s my fastest pace so far!

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The improvement in pace may have had something to do with the downhill sections, but I reckon that the uphill climbs balance that out. Also, I was pleased that I managed to keep a fairly even pace on the final incline.

Next week, I plan to have a go at the actual Park Run route for at least one of my training sessions. But for now, I’m going to celebrate with an extra glass of chocolate milk! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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4 thoughts on “A Run In The Park”

  1. Congratulations! I too was surprised how much hills affect you running and I know those hills in Hove Rec and Hove Park all too well! Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nice run! I went to our local park to go for a run one day, and since it was my first time there, I took a wrong turn and ended up running closer to 4 miles instead of the 3.1 I was aiming for. I won’t lie, it sucked in that last mile. LOL. I did a lot of brisk walking b’c I was like, why am I not back yet?! Hah!

    1. Ha ha! That’s one of my biggest worries about doing the Park Run. How will I know what way to go? On seconds thoughts, there will be plenty of people to follow as I’m bound to be near the back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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