Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Parkrun Blues

I ran down to Shanganagh park again on Saturday to get the legs moving once more. I left a bit late and ran the 3.5 miles towards the park a bit quicker than what would have been ideal to classify as a warm-up, but if the parkrun had started on time I still would have missed it.As it was I had 3 minutes of a breather before we set off, which was enough time to say hello to Norbert and his better half, and then line up a bit nearer to the front.

I think I got the first k pretty much spot on because after the first lap the timer guy said "four" just as I passed him. However, things were not to last. Maybe it was because I had worn myself out on teh way to the parkrun. maybe the leftover noodles for breakfast were not the ideal pre-race breakfast. Maybe I was a bit tired after the 10 miles the day before, but none of those things explain why I completely, totally and utterly fell apart after the first mile. All the guys I had passed a minute ago went streaming past me over the next few miles and apparently I was barely doing 7-minuet miles. I sued to run marathons a good bit faster than that, not very long ago! It must have been in my head because I did manage to do 5:30 pace at the end when I saw the finish line, but whatever it was, I wasn't happy with the result (20:51).

You know what? I haven't recovered from DCM, that's what. So, after a bit of soul searching, I decided to bin the parkrun idea and get back to base training, which is what I should have done 5 weeks ago. I still think my initial assertion that I needed to get some speed into the legs because I had been running exclusively slowly for much too long still holds true, but the timing was completely wrong.

Let's re-build the legs and then see if I can some zip into them, preferably without tiring myself out for a change.

Ah well. At some stage I'll get the hang of this running stuff, hopefully before I retire.
27 Nov
4.57 miles, 38:22, 8:23 pace, HR 137
28 Nov
10.21 miles, 1:27:03, 8:31 pace, HR 147
29 Nov
6.33 miles, 55:13, 8:43 pace, HR 141
30 Nov
10.18 miles, 1:25:38, 8:24 pace, HR 146
1 Dec
7.22 miles, 1:01:41, 8:32 pace, HR 142
5k, 20:51, 6:42 pace, HR 162, Shanganagh parkrun
2 Dec
12.48 miles, 1:49:03, 8:44 pace, HR 141
   very hilly
3 Dec
7.23 miles, 1:02:36, 8:39 pace, HR 135
4 Dec
10.25 miles, 1:28:13, 8:36 pace, HR 140


  1. Hang in there - it took me til past 60 to get the hang of the running stuff.

  2. All the best for Christmas and the new year Thomas. Hope to see those parkrun times back in the low 19s or better in 2019.