It’s been a while since I posted about parkrun. I had plans to run my 50th on my birthday, but it’s no longer possible. I’ve also been struggling to find my fitness and form, so I’ve not been motivated to write about them. It could be a bit of a purge, to get it out of my system, but it would probably just come across as negative and self-absorbed. I need to be positive, and focused.
A few plus points then; I ran for the first ever time on Christmas Day when I turned up to the new Leicester Victoria parkrun. The Bloke had always been a bit reluctant to do it, but we both ended up enjoying the atmosphere. It was great to get out and socialise on a day when we would have just stayed at home eating and drinking (oh yes, Bucks Fizz and pork pie for brekkie, to kick it off). I will definitely be doing parkrun again next year!
My thoughts on the new parkrun course are mixed. There’s no big hills, but there are long inclines. It’s also three laps, and I had to have my wits about me. There are a lot of twists and turns, so I’m not sure if I would ever get a 5k PB on this course.
I’d also managed to stay disease-free for a few weeks, even if I did pick up a slight ankle injury at Huncote Hash.
My last parkrun was to be a plod, a leg-loosener to set me up for the first league race of the season. Back at Braunstone, the first lap was more huff and puff. I was glad my old workmate, Joe, caught me up, as we chatted our way round the second lap. A very welcome distraction, and my splits were surprisingly quicker! It wasn’t the confidence boosting run that I wanted and needed, however.
As one of my aims is to get my 5k time back down, I am going to have my work cut out. I’m a good 5 minutes or so off of PB pace. Granted, I’m not pushing it, but I am afraid to do so, in case I end up disappointed. If I get some good training sessions under my belt, then that will be a start. I have resumed the Homebase Hills sessions. I didn’t realise that I hadn’t done one since June 2015! No wonder I’m weak! I stopped because running downhill was hurting Kniggly Knee™ but it is now much better. It’s not 100%, but it’s getting a lot better and stronger. I’m working on strengthening my whole legs, and it seems to be doing the job. Once I’ve got my study sorted, I should have room to work on it fully. The future is looking somewhat promising.