My 3rd 5k

Posted: December 15, 2012 in Diary, Running
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Today I entered a local parkrun.  Parkrun
is an non proffit organization that holds community runs in local Parks with the help of volunteer timekeepers and organizers.

It was a cold, wet and windy day,  warmer than last time, but only a handful of runners turned out. I set off and was soon near the back of the pack. I had started my phone based tracking application, but it stayed silent when I was sure I had run the first kilometer. This and the fact that I was rapidly falling behind the runners in front made me anxious about my pace. I wasn’t too surprised as I had not been able to run regularly for a couple of weeks.

This anxiety and the fact that I had over indulged the night before in terms of chinese food and beer made me feel like I was struggling. I very nearly gave up at about the half way point but spotted a runner about 200m in front slowing to a walk. As I closed the gap between us, he started to jog again, but soon stopped. As I passed, him I checked he was OK before continuing.

This gave me a bit of a boost. I wasn’t going to drop out! Coming up on the finish line,  the parkrun volunteers were shouting encouragment and I put on a burst of speed to cross the line.

My trusty phone app had failed to record any information except for the elapsed time which is inaccurate as I never remember to switch it off until several minutes after finishing. I felt sure that my time was poor. When the result email arrived in the afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to find it only 7 seconds away from my personal best 5k time!

Thanks to all the Parkrun volunteers – you do a great job.

Lessons learnt:
1. Make a correct food choice the before (and night before) an important race/ run.
2. Technology is great when it works,  but will let you down given the chance.
3. Don’t allow yourself the luxury of withdrawl (unless something has fallen off or broken). You don’t get many chances to do this stuff and discomfort is temporary – soon forgotten in a hot bath or at the bar.
4. Always double knot your shoelaces
5. Try to make a visit to the toilet before starting.

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