Getting out of bed at an early hour is not something I find easy. I have to during the week, (actually if my Sons were better at getting up I strictly wouldn’t have to, but that’s another story), so getting up and out ready to run on a Saturday by 9am doesn’t happen very often! This is a bit of a problem because I really like parkrun.
Recently I’ve been more of an armchair parkrunner, following abradypus‘s parkrun travels and reading my twitter timeline on a Saturday morning. However the run reports from my local parkrun and twitter tales of PBs have worked their magic and made me feel guilty and that I’m missing out by not dragging myself out of bed and getting to parkrun.
Along comes ‘Spring’ and I tell myself it’s about time I stopped doing parkrun vicariously and get myself down to Wormwood Scrubs. When I noticed that Juneathon (jog,log and blog. Everyday) happened to start on a Saturday this year I definitely got the message! (I do also have to declare another pressing reason for my being up and dressed before 8.30am in the form of our efficient local traffic wardens because I failed to get my parking permit renewed)
I was rewarded for my efforts. I ran the first mile close enough to my target pace, the second slower, because of (probably too much information), digestive issues (need to get up even earlier if I want to eat before parkrun) but I managed to speed up again for the last mile. I wasn’t watching my Garmin too closely so was surprised at the end to see I’d got a new PB for Wormwood Scrubs. (I will have to go back next week and deal with a few pesky seconds.)
Later on I read the race report and discovered I’d definitely chosen the right day to return to parkrun because I was second female home (after a youngster of course) and first in my age group!
Juneathon day 1. 3.05 miles run. 25.02 mins