It has been a while since I’ve done a 5K, so I decided to use a 3:1 run/walk ratio in the knowledge that I’d probably have to adjust it at some point during the run. It was going to be slow, but I didn’t mind and figured that I’d be happy if I could complete the course in under 35 minutes.
It had been raining overnight so it was still quite cool when I headed to the promenade. There was a good breeze (but not too strong) and the sun was out, so the conditions were pretty good for running on the seafront.
The Hove Prom parkrun is a lot quieter than the other two in the city, which meant a pretty quick start. Usually I find myself walking a bit to let the crowd thin out a bit, but today I was off and running right away.
As is often the case when running in a group, I started off faster than I should have. Even though I stuck to the 3:1 ratio, I completed the first kilometre in 6:03, which I knew wasn’t sustainable. The payback came shortly after 2K, when I found myself dropping the ratio and picking up walk breaks every 60 to 90 seconds. This helped me get back on track for the final 2 kilometres and, even though I never quite got back to running 3:1, I did manage to get back on pace again and finished in just under 34 minutes.
According to the Garmin, I completed the course in 33:55; but parkrun says 33:53, so there’s not much in it. Either way, I’m happy with the result and am looking forward to being able to get back to parkrunning again on a more regular basis.
How’s your running going? Did you do parkrun today? Please share your thoughts in the comments.