First up – Happy New Year everyone.
Being sensible* I didn’t drink last night. I was hoping that would result in my being wide eyed awake but in actual facts I struggled out of bed. But for the 1st time in ages I got up in time for a Parkrun.
St Albans ParkRun were holding a special New Years Day ParkRun, albeit on their cross country route. I’ve been wanting to go the St Albans for a while as its been tipped off as being one of the faster local 5k courses. However that wasn’t going to be the case with the cross country setting. Discarding times, I only held out a tiny hope to continuing being faster than my recent standalone 5k times in the past 8 weeks or so (fastest being 25min 24s).
A pretty good turn-out of 100 or so runners this morning, some looking more tired than others, I didn’t really understand the course description, but worked on the notion I’d probably not be leading the way. It turned out to be 3 laps of more or less a 1 mile loop, with the start being on a tarmac path and the rest being across cut-grass / parkland. Felt myself twist my right ankle within seconds of starting and by the time I thought to myself ‘that didn’t feel good’, I went over on my left ankle. Fortunately no long term damage done it seems. By halfway round the first lap positions seemed to get settled and the rest of the run was just a procession, get gradually slower on each lap as lack of fitness and energy zapping wind and mud took its toll. Getting round in 25m 21s gave a 3 sec improvement on my last outing on my local course, and a final position of 41st. An excellent start to the year but also a realisation of the work coming up in the next few months getting ready for Liverpool Marathon.
The only other report was the deterioration of my laminated ParkRun barcode due to the rain. Need to find someone at work who knows where the laminator is.
Later tonight sees 30 press ups, 10 sit ups and a 90 second plank as I start to work on my core strength.
* Old and boring