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. 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.
It was huge! And it had hills!! Ok, slopes, but I’m really not used to this. 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!
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! 😉