Great sub-3 from badbark and a casual mara in a decent time form GM off next to no training at all.
I feel tired at the moment but I think that is down to to some odd days running. I normally run 6 days a week so have a day off at the weekend but had a midweek off last Wednesday so have run every day since and done 44 miles in 6 days so far with a 12/13 planned for tomorrow so 56 or more in 7 days straight which is a bump up from my usual 40 or so.
The question now is do I just accept that my peak is a few years ago and at 47 I'll never break 36 now if I can't even go under 37 anymore? In which case I might as well give up trying and just accept the decline gracefully!
You are just lucky you came to running late and never raced as a 20 something year old and smashed out ridiculous PBs you can never get hear aged 40+. The absolute decline is one you just have to accept, but the relative decline (i..e how you compare to peers) is something you are very much in control of.
Also bet you were top 20 or thereabouts in a field of say hundreds: everythign is relative.
They give off the general vibe of not being competitive, but then chasing times through pacemakers is a fairly competitive thing.
To me it makes perfect sense. parkrun is a timed run and you are trying to beat yourself and not others. For that, a pacemaker seems right and as pacemakers are other parkrunners who are doing the pacing to help others it embraces the whole ethos very well.