A new Parkrun was set up back in July less than 1/2 mile from us – at Crane Park. The ideal distance for me to get to, a short warm-up run there and no messing about with parking like at Bushy Park – with the 1,000 other runners they often get there.
Normally 40-60 runners at Crane Park and a very friendly group. Some very very fast ones – just over 16 minutes I think was the record recently and always a couple with 18 or 19 minutes something.
I did my first one there back in July and got a rather nice 20:50. My best was 20:19 from back in 2008 in Bushy Park. I’ve done 11 or 12 runs since and my PB for Crane Park is 20:49. Most other runs virtually around 20:50. It’s a new barrier – physical or just in my head. Normally come anything from 3rd to 7th or 8th but can’t crack the barrier.
The route is 1.5 laps – see the map. A few inclines and lots of bends, particularly near the finish. I still can’t judge properly when the finish is coming up and when to really step up a gear. The finish line itself is on a sharp bend (to finish away from the other guys walking in the park and not cause traffic jams).
I’ve been overtaken by a fast 12 year old – very impressive – and then today by a guy with his small (but fast) dog pulling him along (for the whole 5km).
I had a new plan of attack last week – back to pace. 6:41 minutes per mile was the average pace last week, bang on a 20:50 finish time. And I need to slow down at the start and not head off with the front runners at a too fast pace. So this week, 4 training runs done in the week all focused on intervals and speed work, stretching every day, a banana for breakfast this morning, pasta last night and a plan to attack my pace. I was all set this morning to break the barrier…
The heavens opened and there was a lot of rain as left the house and wet route with slippery leaves – not a major issue though. Set off well at the planned pace – just a bit faster. Managed to maintain it for about 1.5 miles then it slowed a bit but then got it back around 2.15 miles with a mile to go. Picked up more for the last 1/4 mile or so and – despite being overtaken by the doggy and his owner – the average pace at the end was 6:42. Just slower than last week. Time slower as well. The barrier still there! Very frustrating.
Need a new plan of attack for my 5k and training. Suggestions very very welcome…!
But without a doubt one of the best ways to start your weekend!