I woke up early this morning. It was cold, damp and miserable outside, but that didn’t stop me from tying on my trainers and heading down to the park.
Today was going to be my second Parkrun. I ran my first one last Saturday and have started working on a new training program to try to bring my 5K time to under 30 minutes, so I was keen to see what (if any) progress I had made over the last seven days. I was hoping for something around 32:30, but would have been happy with anything under 33:00.
I decided not to start right at the back this week so that I could find my pace a bit sooner. That definitely helped. The walking and shuffling soon turned into a nice steady jog as the crowd thinned out and I found my rhythm.
Last week’s slower training runs seemed to have helped as I found I was able to keep my pace fairly constant throughout the whole 5K. The main exception to this was the steeper parts of the inclines, where I slowed down to make sure that I didn’t tire myself out too much before the final kilometre.
As I headed down the final slope, I felt pretty confident that I was going to beat my time from last week so I picked up my pace for the final stretch.
Towards the finish line, I was overtaken by two other parkrunners who were sprinting to the finish, but I resisted the temptation to race them and just focussed my own running. I didn’t want to overdo it as I knew I wanted to get to the park tomorrow for some hill training.
So, in the end, my time came out as 32:25. That’s 40 seconds faster than last week and a new PB!
Next week, I’d like to get below 32:00, but we’ll see how the training goes. For now, I’m happy with 32:25.