Monday, 25 January 2016

My First Parkrun 5K Race Of 2016

It's been a busy weekend with me running my first 5K Parkrun race of 2016 on Saturday, I entered for an upcoming 8 mile trail race on Sunday and today I ran my longest distance of the year. Although it wasn't that big a distance, and it was incredibly slow. But never mind about details like that. I'm also on a two day holiday at the minute, so I actually have a bit of time to work on the site.. And relax...

My First Parkrun 5K Race Of 2016


This was the first time I had been to Craigavon Citypark Parkrun since my Improving My Running In 30 Days - Day 30 post, where I had been a volunteer. It was good to get back in the company of other runners, it's been far too long - nearly two months since my last race..

I also got to see a good friend of mine for the first time since Christmas. He had been running 5K s in under 19 minutes, but in December he fell off a climbing wall and smashed his pelvis in five places. He was lucky not to have been killed.

So he spent a few week in hospital, before being sent home in a wheelchair. He arrived on Saturday to watch the race on crutches, so it was good to see him with some sort of mobility. It'll be a long recovery for him, but he will probably be beating me in races again in no time. I guess accidents like that help to put everything in perspective..

Parkrun 5K result.

And so to my race. Well, it was slow. Nearly four minutes slower than my PR of 20 mins 02 sec. But I guess you have to start somewhere, although I'm still a long way off last year's fitness. However it was the fastest I have ran this year over that distance, so there are some positives to take from it. Hopefully next week will see some more of an improvement.

I just need to stop eating things like this, although it was absolutely delicious.. Chocolate, caramel, marshmallows and fudge. It won't have helped my weight loss effort, but it was a one off.. And yes, I ate in all in about 5 minutes.

Bad food... But man it was gooooooood.

The following day after Parkrun I was sore. It's a soreness I don't normally expect from a 5K run, but I guess that's just another indicator of how far off I am from running a 1.25 half marathon. I should have gone for a recovery run, but I thought a walk in the woods with Sheldon would be enough. The woods are right behind my house, so I was able to bring my morning coffee with me.

Sheldon just above my coffee.. 

After the walk, I was forwarded details of an 8 mile trail race in a few weeks time. I think this would be the perfect distance for me, as I have less than 8 weeks until the Larne Half Marathon. If I can run 8 miles at a steady pace, I'll be happy enough and slightly more confident going into the half marathon.

I do love trail races, but they always seem so much more expensive than road races...This was £18, but hopefully it will be a good event.

My Longest Run


Today I took Sheldon out for a long slow run along the towpath to get some much needed miles under my belt. He's carrying a bit of extra weight too, so it did him some good as well.

Looking for my dog. 

We ran 5 miles, which turned out to be my longest run of the year. However, it was a very slow run, and with stopping to get him water and do his business we finished in just under 60 minutes. At some stage this year I'd like to be running twice that distance within an hour.

Nearly finished our run...

But for now it's just about clocking up as many miles as I can, and forget about the speed. If I keep running and try to eat and drink less, my running times should improve soon enough. The main thing is I'm actually enjoying my running again.. :)

James

How was your weekend? Have you any exciting races coming up?



14 comments:

  1. Great job at the race! Even though it's not the time you want, it's a step in the right direction. Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks, I guess things can only get better. Well, at least I hope they will!!

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  2. Double your distance per hour?
    That is a bad ass goal!!

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  3. Yeah, it won't be an easy one... I wasn't too far away from it last year, so maybe I'll get closer this year :) It feels a long way off at the minute though lol

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  4. Chocolate, Caramel, Marshmallows & Fudge... Are you friggin' serious?! BAH HA HA HA!! Um.... "Will run... For Marshmallows!"

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    1. It was a Christmas present, and I'm scared to ask where they got it from.. I could easily become addicted.. Possibly the nicest chocolate I've ever eaten, and I do consider myself a seasoned pro when it comes to chocolate ha ha

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  5. Yep, you just can't throw out chocolate like that! Maybe if you just eat all of the bad stuff over a weekend it will be better. At least that's how I do it! Your dog is adorable. I've never run with a dog, but it sounds enjoyable - for both of you.
    The only race I'm signed up for is the Glass City Marathon in April, but I've got a few other entry slips that I need to make decisions on. Just cheap club events though. Saving the race money for the big races!

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  6. Yep, you just can't throw out chocolate like that! Maybe if you just eat all of the bad stuff over a weekend it will be better. At least that's how I do it! Your dog is adorable. I've never run with a dog, but it sounds enjoyable - for both of you.
    The only race I'm signed up for is the Glass City Marathon in April, but I've got a few other entry slips that I need to make decisions on. Just cheap club events though. Saving the race money for the big races!

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    1. Yeah, running with Sheldon can be great fun, he loves the sprints the best.. I know what you mean, races can be really expensive. I've put my name in a lotto for a half in London. In won't be cheap, but the big races can be really good days out..

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  7. You have definitely entered 2016 with your running mojo back in full force! Well done, I know how hard it is to get back out there and stay positive. Keep up the awesome work!

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    1. Yeah, I guess the running mojo is the thing we all need. It certainly makes it easier to get the trainers on and get out the door :)

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  8. It's always tough for me to get back in 5k shape. And I don't race them every often, so that's probably the reason it's been so tough for me to PR! Great job though!

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    1. Thanks, I'm pretty lucky that I have a free race beside me every week. It doesn't make them any easier though lol

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  9. Great job on the 5k!!!

    Sheldon is super cute. :) And that chocolate looks amazing!

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