When Helen and I started doing parkruns in 2008, there was only one in this part of the word, namely what is now call Woodhouse Moor. A work colleague of Helen suggested that we try a thing in Leeds called a “Time Trial”. At the time, I didn’t think about it as something you would do EVERY week, but just once in a while to get a time recorded. Today we went back to Woodhouse Moor and I recorded my 208th parkrun (103 of which were at Woodhouse Moor); you will gather I eventually came round to the “every week” way of thinking.
So from something that was terribly familiar to something completely new, we went this evening to the Night Run at Nostell Priory. Now we know the route quite well because parts of it are used by parkrun and the Nostell 10K in the summer. It’s normally a road shoe job but just in case, (and because the whole universe has been rather soggy the last couple of months) donned my Innov-8 trail shoes and man, I’m glad I did. Granted it wasn’t a PECO but coupled with the darkness it was hard going. I have to say that personally, I struggled. For some reason I just didn’t have that “get up and go” this evening and was really glad to get to the finish line. During the last lap I even gave up the will to try and compete, but people didn’t stream past me so maybe I did better that I thought in the conditions. It was wet, cold, dark (guess that was the point), sleety at times and there was a chill wind. Apart from all that everything was fine and dandy: there was an awesome glow-in-the-dark medal awarded and the goody bag is fantastic (the bag itself that is) and will certainly be re-used by me (it even has a high-viz strip). And it’s totally awesome of the National Trust for organising this event and supporting grass roots running by allowing parkruns on its properties.
So the 7 “pace” miles in my training plan have been achieved today but at what cost? Shattered!