The results are in for parkrun this week, and I’ve truly astounded myself with a PW (a personal worst). To be completely fair, it isn’t a true PW, as I “ran” the Race for Life at Plymouth about 10 minutes slower, but the time I recorded was:
Despite being a PW for 2013, I am actually quite pleased with how it went. I ran for longer than I thought I was going to be able to, and I wasn’t completely last. In fact, I managed to overtake a couple of people (having been at the back for roughly the first kilometre or so). With that in mind, I am pretty confident that I will be able to make it through Week 4 of the Couch to 5k plan without having to go back even further.
As you may be aware, I got a new Garmin and Yurbuds for my birthday, so I thought I’d take them out for a spin on Saturday. Well, it was not meant to be. In my complete ignorance, I didn’t charge my Garmin for long enough, so it stuttered into life long enough for me to sort the settings and locate a satellite before shutting down. I did wear the HRM strap, which was I expecting to be uncomfortable, but it wasn’t. So, note to self – remember to charge the Garmin the night before a run. It was a comfortable watch to wear though. The second was the Yurbuds. I haven’t worn headphones to a parkrun before, as I quite like to just take the time out and listen to what’s going on around me. This time was no different. While I packed the earphones in my bag, I left my bag with M before taking them out. D’oh! When I got the bag back, to be fair, I didn’t have Week 4 of C25K downloaded anyway.
At the end of the run, there was a cake sale (it was for charity!), so I did indulge and buy both myself and M a homemade brownie. It was delicious! Obviously, I can’t do that every week, but it was VERY welcome this week.
As for the after effects of parkrun, well, I’m in excruciating agony a bit sore. My hips started getting tight in the last mile or so, and they’re quite sore now, and going downstairs is a problem for my quads. Otherwise, I feel pretty much ok. I think if anything, it’s served as a bit of a lesson about why Tubs don’t stop running for two months. Yes, it’s been two months since I last went out! No wonder I don’t feel as fit as I was.
In other news, I have kept my food diary up to date and it’s gone quite well. The big reveal is tomorrow, but I’ve actually quite enjoyed the challenge. I’ve tried a couple of new things (scan bran cake, couscous pancakes, quark), and overall, my weekend eating has been much better. The weekends are usually a really difficult time for me to keep focused and on track, but I made sure to pick some things that we really like (like BBQ pulled pork, a grill up, and snacky things). While I went over my syns on both Saturday and Sunday, it’s much more in control than, let’s say, the weekend before.
The plan for the week ahead is to restart C25K at Week 4 (3 min run, 1.5 min walk, 5 min run, 2.5 min walk, 3 min run, 1.5 min walk, 5 min run). I may even go somewhere new! It may have to incorporate some hills too, as I feel I should get back into hills rather than just running on the flat. East Devon – watch out!