After Leeds, I had one eye on Doncaster 5k but with the recent family death, I knocked it on it’s head and made sure was there for the wife, it’s 3rd year running that I’ve planned on doing it but outside forces have meant at last minute I’ve not done it. Thankfully there is always next year.
So it did allow me to put in a good week of training, with a good solo speed session on Tuesday and then a track session on Thursday. With recent training all pointing towards me getting back to my best, yet races saying otherwise I wanted to focus on 5k before my holiday at end of August. There are loads at this time of year so will allow me to train and attack these 5k’s. The aim then is to hit my favourite period in top form so can focus on some autumn PB’s. That’s the plan.
With that in mind, I decided to do a parkrun Saturday morning. I wanted to do York but the horse racing was on and didn’t fancy another trek over the Woodhead to do Stretford so that mean looking closer to home, in the end opted to revisit my designated home parkrun of Hallam. Now I’ve got a love/hate relationship with this one. It always has a good top end so you can get a good test but it’s prone to congestion on second lap coming down Rustlings Rd and the bottom loop. It has in the past cost me faster times. However I’ve tried to change my own mindset regarding parkruns. They are there for me now more as training tempo runs instead of thinking them as races. So if I get caught up it should not bother me, well in theory anyway. It’s worth pointing out unlike others I’ve now done 73 parkruns and given it 100% at each one, with that I mean at each one I’ve not held back. Soon as someone times me and counts me down I’m not going to just plod round, it’s just not in my nature.
We arrived in plenty of time and the rain stopped, however I opted not to put my mohican up as it was bouncing it down at home. I stuck a hat on, although it wouldn’t last…. I spent build up catching up with fellow runners and former club mates from my old clubs. After a drawn out announcement and a quick 3-2-1 go We was off. As always some very fast starters, I got in to my own grove and picked off runners as we loop round and back up the park. Aim for first mile was not go stupid and blow up. So as we hit the duck pond, I picked up pace after holding back up to that point. I felt really strong going up between the two ponds. Recent hill work and chasing local Strava segments meant I got to top of park without feeling like I needed to slow down. Soon as I turned and hit Rustling Road, I pushed hard, with pace dropping to 5:30 and quicker all the way down till we turned back into the park.
The first mile was just after the turn onto Rustling road and I clocked 5:53 I passed Sarah just after the start/finish area and passed her the hat as was too warm for it. I then used same tactic up to first duck pond and then pushed hard between ponds. This is when the second mile buzzed for 5:52. The downhill balanced out what I lost going back up the park. I hit top of park and it took me a bit longer to get my breathing back compared to first time. Then I started to push hard I had to weave around first lap runners the segment from turn down the road I was 8s slower on second, I still pushed hard as I re-entered the park and dug deep to sprint to the finish from the bridge to cross the line in 7th position. Watch said 17:55, official time was 17:56. The main goal was to go sub 18. So I achieved that I also achieved a negative split parkrun, something of a rarity as last mile was my fastest. Still want to improve my course PB of 17:44 but for now I have set myself a benchmark as I spent next 6 weeks attacking the 5k distance. In the past I’ve proven doing regular 5ks has helped me at other distances. I’m hoping once again this proves correct.
Next up for me is the Sale Sizzler on Thursday night.
- 7th in 17:56
Kit used in race
- Zeon Lightweight Tech Tee
- Zeon 6 inch Racing Shorts
- Adidas Adios 3
- Sockmine Griplock running socks
- Garmin 220