Saturday! Parkrun day! Finally I had chance to go back to my home parkrun, Cannock Chase.
Next week is the Cannock Chase 10k so it was a great chance to test myself around the area.
I felt so sluggish this morning, the weather looked like it was going to hammer it down and I was thinking of reasons to bail. But off I went.
It was nice to be amongst the crowd of fellow parkrunners again and off we set. My legs felt a bit stiff and sore, people were over-taking me, but I just kept going.
Past 2k, I really wanted to walk but somehow I didn’t. Past 3k. I knew the difficult hills were coming but I was over halfway now. Then we were at 4k! Somehow I still hadn’t walked yet. I knew there were a few small ups and downs to come, but thankfully I really like the last kilometre of the course so I tried to relax and enjoy it.
We were nearly there. I glanced at my watch and realised I might be in with a chance of getting a PB. From somewhere inside I managed to find a little bit more speed and pushed on to the finish!
33 minutes 30 seconds. A parkrun personal best! Plus the first time running non-stop around the Cannock Chase course! Which isn’t the easiest with it’s hills.
Oh my gosh!
Ash had suggested that I run it twice to complete 10k and I’d been thinking the same myself. When I reached the home stretch I knew I was going to.
So after a few minutes break to get my barcode scanned I set off for another 5k. I felt exhausted but managed to get my feet moving, but it was hard.
I set myself little goals of how far I would run until walking, such as the bench, the corner, the top of the hill, and then took frequent but short walking breaks.
Gradually my distance crept up. As I reached 1 hour I had done over 8k. Although there wasn’t far to go I didn’t have much left in the tank.
1k left. I tried not to stop but had to walk. 0.5km to go… don’t stop… okay little walk… now run. 10k!! Hurrah. 1 hour 11 minutes.
That’s not so bad!!
I know that under 1 hour is not in my reach yet but I’m pleased with only 11 minutes over that! I was thinking maybe aiming for under 1 hour 30 minutes was sensible but it seems I can manage better than that.
I can do the distance. I always knew I could but it felt good to actually experience it and see how it felt.
What an incredible morning. Worth stepping out of the door for and having a go.
- Ran Cannock Chase parkrun non-stop
- Parkrun / 5k personal best
- 7th in my age category
- 10k run done
For the first time ever I actually feel like I can run 5k. That sounds daft but I only recently achieved it and only along flat, tarmac path. Now I’m starting to think that I could go out and do a 5k on any course and manage it. I am a 5k runner now!
For the last month or two I’ve felt stuck in a rut, not seeming to progress my running and almost feeling like I was taking a step back.
This morning was progress. HUGE progress. Measurable, physical progress. It feels great!