I've been out for a week with a cold and made my return today. If I miss 2-3 days then I get right back on it, but 5+ days then I've pretty much gone passed the point of being interested anymore. I didn't really feel like it this morning, but as I was only ever going to do 1 mile and it is almost exactly 1 mile round the block there were absolutely no excuses not to do it.
19:38 event time (unofficial) or if you prefer 19:25.6 the time my Garmin said I ran 5k.
Plus warm up and cool down jogs - 7.9 miles ave 7:56 m/m.
This was supposed to a day of glorious victory, I have been running ok and making little improvements and this weekend the parkrun fell in between the Christleton 5k (last night) and the Chester half marathon (tomorrow), so with a little research I discovered that everyone who has ever run the parkrun faster than me was doing one or other of these other two races. So I thought the W was in the bag.
But it was not to be. I didn't expect Mat to be there as he's doing the half tomorrow, and I've never beaten him and he was second and some tourist/first timer came first. Maybe if/when I get back to somewhere near my old shape I might get another shot. I'll just have to settle for a new best time.
I was tempted to run this in reverse today thinking the wind would be blowing hard along the A540, but it was blowing in opposite direction, so as normal it was.
I was running what thought was pretty well, ticking off the Km's, I don't normally check my watch during the run but at 6k I thought my watch beeped early so I had a look and I saw the split for the last Km at 4:00/km, which surprised me, but made me work harder on the second half, which is where the course gets tough and now I had the wind as well. Luckily the wind isn't as bad along Dunkirk because there is some tree cover, but I still lost 10 seconds here.
A push over the last mile or so and I finished in 41:20.4 @ 6:39m/m