The year has got off to a pretty good start running wise. Ok, so I didn’t do anything the first week, but this week I managed not one but two runs and even had a session on the exercise bike!
Tuesday was the first run of the year and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for it. I had a vague idea about seeing if I could do 10-15 minutes without a break, but I wasn’t sure so I decided to just get out and see what happened.
As it turned out, I was able to keep going (albeit very slowly) for 25 minutes. I could probably have done a little bit more, but I also knew that I wanted to do parkrun on Saturday, so I figured 25 minutes was good enough to be going on with.
Again, for parkrun today, I wasn’t really sure how I was going to approach the run. My original plan had been to do intervals of 10 minutes running and 1 minute walking, with the aim of getting round in about 34 minutes, but again I’d see how I felt once I got going.
I arrived at Hove park with around 10 minutes to spare. Fortunately it wasn’t too cold so I didn’t mind too much, and kind of enjoyed just hanging around watching everyone arriving.
There was a nice positive vibe as people gathered at the start area. There were around 550 of us, which I think is a bit more than usual, but given that it’s early-mid January it’s probably to be expected.
The start itself did seem to take a bit longer than usual, so I didn’t get up to speed as quickly as I would have liked, but once things thinned out a bit it was fine.
The first 10 minutes came and went without too much trouble. I was going slowly of course, but didn’t feel like I needed to walk, so I kept plodding on until I could feel my pace starting to slip. That was around the 20 minute mark.
I figured that after my walk break, I should try to get another 10 minutes of running in, but I had probably overdone it with the first 20 and only managed 6 minutes before having to walk again.
I was pretty far back and slipped back a bit further as I enjoyed my 1 minute break. Once I got going again, I soon overtook a few of those who had passed me, but I was still feeling pretty tired.
I didn’t have too far to go, so after a few minutes I decided to have one final walk break and then see if I could muster enough energy for one last kick to the finish line.
There was a sizeable gap between me and those in front, but I managed to get past one without too much trouble and then accelerated as best I could for the last 300 metres, overtaking a couple more to finish with an official time of 33:55.
I was really pleased to have made it under 34 minutes, especially with the slow start.
My Garmin time was a little bit faster as I hadn’t heard them say ‘Go’ at the start due to the people around me chatting, and the fact that we weren’t actually moving. But either way, I’m happy with both results.