Because I can’t think of a more witty title!
After a two week absence, I turned up to parkrun on Saturday morning despite the snow an hour earlier. And although the white stuff had stopped, there was still some moisture in the air but amazingly it wasn’t nearly as cold as I’d anticipated.
During the pre-run gathering I stood next to a fellow runner. Let’s call her Vikki – mainly because her name is Vikki! It transpired we had passed each other during our “long” runs on the preceding Wednesday and I asked her what she was training for – the Brighton Marathon apparently. I enquired how far she had run that day. “Fifteen”, she said. “One more than me” I quipped and then I asked where she’d run. I’m always anxious to hear about new routes in the area. As she reeled off all the places she’d been, my brain started to think “hang on a minute, that’s an awful lot for 15”. Then the penny dropped, she’d been talking miles, me kilometres. Ooops!
She also told me she was coming back from a calf injury so I assumed that was why she was standing in the middle of the pack, she was going to be taking it easy. I knew she was a faster runner than me so why on earth I thought I could keep up with her, even coming back from injury, goodness only knows. Suffice to say that my first kilometre was done in record time and Vikki had already started to pull away. Then, by the last lap, I was suffering from stitch and had to incorporate a couple of walk breaks. Not a good time in comparison to recent results, over 27 minutes. Vikki incidentally finished a good minute and a half ahead of me! (And a minute behind her parkrun PB – parkrun stalker in the making here!)
When I got home and checked my little database (yes, I know, very sad), I discovered it was actually my slowest parkrun for exactly a year. Nice little anniversary present!
Now some of you may scoff at my database but it actually resulted in a smile after Friday’s 5k. I’m used to my solo runs being slower than my parkruns but Friday’s had felt really slow and hard going. I had been hoping for 6k but called it a day at 5k. But when I looked at my little spreadsheet, it turned out it was my fastest solo 5k all year – maybe that’s why it felt tough!
This week I was asked to try out a running buff for a company called Kitshack. I only got my hands on it on Saturday evening so haven’t had a lot of opportunity to try it out yet. Although I did use it when distributing finish tokens at junior parkrun yesterday. Although the morning started off quite sunny and warm, towards the end of the run, a nippy wind was blowing in off the Thames Estuary and I was very glad of my buff. It’s also been used as a hair band but I’m really looking forward to taking it out for a run. There have been parkruns where it would have been very welcome. I can think of one particular occasion recently where it was so cold, it felt like the air in my throat was crackling and icy.
Unfortunately I wont be using it at parkrun next weekend because I’m attending a Leadership in Running Fitness course with England Athletics. At the moment I would find it a bit pointless joining a running club (work would mean I’d never get there), but I have some maybe misguided idea of trying to set up a running group which operates during school hours, more couch to 5k than elite runners. It may not come to anything but if nothing else, attending the course will hopefully help me with any Running Buddy clients I sign up in future. In the meantime, I’m hoping I wont be outrun by my fellow attendees!