This Saturday, I dragged myself out of bed (after a very long week) and along to Thames Valley Park, where the Reading ParkRun takes place. It was my second appearance (the first, rather embarrasingly, being back in January!) and I wasn't expecting too much from myself - the furthest I've run since restarting is 2.2 miles, so I was just hoping to get to the end of the 3ish miles in one piece.
I set off too fast - being in a crowd of 200 people does that to you! But luckily, I spotted this quite quickly, using my garmin, and forced myself to slow down.
The Reading course is two loops, and I was very pleased to discover I had reached the half-way point at 16 mins. I also knew it was going pretty well at this stage because:
(a) I hadn't given up,
(b) there were a couple of other people running a similar pace to me,
(c) not very many people had overtaken me after the first 300m, and
(d) only 4 people lapped me.
I was feeling good, especially with my choice of ipod music: Best, the greatest hits of S Club 7 (good, old-fashioned late 90s teeny pop).
The sun was shining, I was running at a steady pace, and I just kept going. I really pushed myself for the last 500m or so, which nearly killed me, but it was worth it for the time: 33:04 officially :)
|pushing myself to get to the finish line
There you go, a completely accidental PB and a happy me. Good start to the weekend...
Photos in this post courtesy of Peter Cook (flickr photostream)