A new parkrun

A new parkrun

Brockwell parkrun
Brockwell Lido and the start line for the parkrun

Weekly round up

This is really two weeks of round up.

Over the last fortnight I’ve ran a total of 4 times although not very far. I feel I need to up my miles a bit but the cold weather and running the same routes has stopped me. As I can’t do anything about the weather, apart from wrap up warm, I just need to find some new routes!

My longest run was with my club last Wednesday. I decided to do an off road run, something I’ve not done since before I ran the Birmingham half marathon. I’ve been enjoying doing the ‘Winterval’ interval sessions, as they are hard work but short so you get a good work out and get home early! So getting back off road was quite fun, even though it was dark and muddy. I couldn’t see much on the run, my head torch also decided to stop working early on, but as almost everyone else had a torch I managed to miss most of the deep puddles. I also hadn’t charged my Garmin up but was told we had run around 7 miles in 1 hour 25 mins.

The next two runs were interval sessions. The first on my own where I did a steady run with bursts of speed and the second with my club running 800m repeats. I felt particularly pleased with the club session as I was almost put off by the rain but I went anyway. I also managed to run at least one of the 800m at a 7.49 min per mile pace.

Trees at Brockwell Park
Low winter sun in Brockwell Park

My last run of the fortnight was my first parkrun of the year, and the first parkrun for Ma Roulette! I persuaded her that she needed to go to one with me and, even though it has a few hills, we decided to go to the one at Brockwell park. It is a rather busy and fast route, there were over 300 runners on the day we went. The last 5k race my mum had done she finished in 38 minutes but she’d been managing 5k runs on her own at under 35 minutes so we decided to try to complete the course in under 33 minutes.

The start was rather hectic, even though we started towards the back with so many runners we had lot of people over taking us and weaving in and out trying to get further ahead. Once we got to 1km the runners had thinned out and this wasn’t such a problem. The route is made up of two loops of the park, a big one and a slightly smaller one, but takes in a long and steady hill both times, something my mum wasn’t impressed with! However, we ran the whole route and beat the target time by over 1.5 minutes! And not only that we ran the second mile in under 10 minutes. A really good time for my mum, and she is well on her way to getting a sub 30 minute 5k this year.

So some nice runs to start the year and for the rest of the month I am going to try and increase the length of my runs and try out a new route or two.

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