I managed to get up and out early for my first 5km at one of the organised Park Runs (These are free events and sponsored by Lucozade and Sweatshop).
I was feeling slow, and certainly knew I had been training hard all week. The head cold that has been brewing for 2 weeks was starting to "release" so I had a pounding head and streaming nose this morning.
Nothing like some fresh air and a run to sort that out then! Annoyingly as I ran I couldn't blow my streaming nose fast enough and "snot grot" caught in my throat, I had a gagging reflux and threw up at 3km. Not nice but hey ho, I carried on running!
I ran with Mandy Champion, a lady I do Kettlercise with. She has a faster pace than myself so I was certainly breathless and at a scale 8 running with her. At 3km I dropped behind after my gag, and just never managed to catch up, although she was in my sights! Next time, I shall stick like glue to her, and I was only just over a minute behind her.
My garmin time was 34mins 34secs which is a new record for 5km for me. I started at a running pace/speed of 11mph which is what I usually drop down to after 2miles when I am doing one of my own training runs! Our speed dropped down to 10mph and leveled at that, exceptional for me!
It was as I was running with Mandy, checking pace, and being aware of my heavy breathing that I realised that this is the first time I have run at speed. Most of my runs are geared to my heart rate and maintain stamina and endurance over distance, so a lot slower. I hadn't got that in my mindset when starting the 5km park run this morning, and hearing people bubbling away about getting new PBs! I have done a 10km and a half marathon so I am not shy of keeping the legs moving! Just they had to move a lot faster today! A shock and a surprise - doh! Dozy Duck! Hindsight is marvelous tool for better planning for next time!
So, I shall now set myself a personal challenge to work harder at 5km speeds as a seperate training schedule, aside from my long distance runs.
When I got home I still wasn't feeling great. I had a bottle of water that I sipped over 10 mins to ease body, and ate a Berry Nakd bar to give me some energy (and a better taste in my mouth!). Was feeling very cold despite having done a run, and puttin on a fleece after.
I took a couple of hours to warm up; 3 cups of tea, 2 more Nakd bars, a banana, and a banana Buzz Bar (bang went the calories lost on that run!) but that is what it took to feel better. All recovered now!
What lesson have I learned? If you feel crap, stay in bed. If the day was "rest day", then rest!!! hehe, easier said than done!
I shal make sur I do the Park runs weekly as I throughly enjoyed the comradery. A big thankyou to Angela liu, Mandy Chanpion, David Lewis, Wendy Shaw for spurring me on and making feel welcome. For a Duck who has only just started running I think I did ok too, today :0)
Slowly, slowly - patience was never my strong point! patience will keep me injury free!!!
No more training scheduled for next two days as weekends I have off for family and recovery!
Results straight from Park Run HQ!
Reading results for event #106. Your time was 34:25 Congratulations on completing your 1st parkrun and your 1st at Reading today. You finished in 206th place and were the 71st lady out of a field of 222 parkrunners and you came 14th in your age category VW45-49. You can view the full set of results