I did my first ever Parkrun the other week and was pretty happy with the time I did.
I went again this week and intentionally ran without a watch to just get a feel for things without constantly looking at my pace. I wanted to run strong, but comfortably; to push as hard as I could without killing myself. And of course I wanted to beat my PB.
I set off well, the course was muddy, but generally ok. I recognised a couple of faces from the last run and used them as pace makers. I was running well and it felt like a good time.
So I waited for the results email to come through. And I waited.
And then it came through and I was 10 seconds slower that last time.
I blame the woman in the green top – she beat me by about 200m last time and I got in front of her this time. But she must have run slower.
*Storms off, slams bedroom door, shouts “IT’S NOT FAIR!”*
*Comes out of bedroom and slumps on the chair, “I don’t care anyway.”*
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On reflection I’m pretty pleased that my ‘natural’ pace is within 10 seconds of my watch-focussed pace. And in all honesty, a dry course would see a quicker time. Plus it still gives me plenty to work on.