Wow, I’ve been slacking around here!
In my defense, I was away all weekend – I went down to Devon on Thursday to see my lovely family for a few days. And until Sunday, we actually had quite a bit of sunshine!
Friday evening, Mum and I went for a short, easy (!) jog to Tescos for ice cream. We finished on about 3 miles, and then that evening I had some with one of my Funfetti Cupcakes (the recipe I used is here) !
Those cupcakes were awesome, and pretty easy to make, too!
I may or may not have splurged on some new running shoes. They’re still a stability shoe (yay for over pronation) but wow, these are SO much lighter than my Asics! I had no idea what a difference a tiny amount of weight could make when it came to running shoes! And as I got these at the Nike factory outlet, they were reduced to £45. Bargain!
I dragged Dad down to Parkrun on Saturday morning. The park there was much flatter than my local one, which means it’s a great opportunity for a PB. Last time I did a parkrun (in Devon) I got 30:28. Just 29 measly seconds away from a sub-30! I’ve been after a sub-30 5k for months now, and this weekend I was determined to get it if it killed me.
I started off at the very back, at an easier pace to warm up for the first few minutes, but as the runners spread out I began to pick people ahead of me to overtake. It’s a trick of mine – if I start towards the middle or the front I’m too tempted to start off faster than I should, and people end up overtaking me rather than the other way round!
I was stuck behind a young couple for nearly an entire loop round the park – I considered passing them a few times but they were running quite far apart from each other and left no space to get around them. I ended up sticking about a meter or two away from them, and at one point the guy glanced back and clocked me. When the path opened up a little I overtook, and he immediately turned to his girlfriend and muttered ‘right, that’s your target’. I admit, I had a bit of a giggle, and increased my pace – they never caught up
On the flip side, I was overtaken by 3 little boys who were running with their Dad – when I checked the results after the run, I saw they’d finished in under 27 minutes! Their legs were tiny – they did an awesome job! I was so impressed that I didn’t even mind them beating me. Haha.
I sped up a little for the final 1k, though after being stuck behind slower runners for a while I had given up on beating my previous time, and just decided to enjoy the run. I felt pretty good through the whole thing, though I could tell I was running low on energy by the end (I had breakfast afterwards, and didn’t have any drink with me). I still managed a sprint finish, and crossed the line less than 2 minutes ahead of Dad – who was running with a calf injury! I swear, by the time him and Mum are into our full marathon training, I won’t stand a chance at keeping up with them!
I had forgotten to set my sports band, so only had the time to go by – it showed exactly 9:30 as I crossed the line, but it didn’t show the seconds, and I wasn’t sure just how close to 9:00 we set off. I figured I finished a little under 31 minutes, which was fine with me as it still meant I’d averaged a sub-10-minute pace (pretty rare for me).
The results appeared online that afternoon, and I actually laughed out loud when I saw mine:
I got my sub-30 minute 5k by ONE SECOND.
Thanks, new shoes!
Checking my Nike+ stats, my fastest 1-mile pace before the weekend was 9:41, and on Saturday I averaged out at 9:40 for 3.1 miles! PBs all round
I headed out again with Mum on Sunday morning for a recovery run. It was pretty warm by the time we left, which made things a little difficult – I can’t believe how much the heat saps my energy! We still managed 4.5 miles, which is awesome, as we had only planned to do 5k.
Needless to say, my legs ached pretty badly on my cycle into work yesterday morning!