Small field at White Peak 'less than' 200. Weather reports not looking good all week so I expected downpours and 30mph winds for most of the day, so I took a lot of clothing options with me. Left home at 6am and had a lovely 'fun' drive over on quiet roads,arriving around 8am, just as the registration opened. Picked up my number and had a bite to eat (1 Peanut butter bagel & 1 jam bagel), as well constantly sipping on an energy drink. The weather looked ok, a few dark clouds about was all.
Over the next hour it slowly got busier as runners arrived to register, a bit of atmosphere was building. I still couldn't decide what to wear, so ended up with a long sleeve top (that I've never run in!) and my windproof. Packed up a smaller bag with food/drink/keys etc. ,ready for the 30min bus journey to the start.
Arrive at the start with 20mins to go, still not raining & the sun actually came out!. I decided to stick with what I had on. After the first mile I took off the windproof and was never to put it on again, cursing most of the way that I hadn't left it behind. Ah well.
The first 8 - 10 miles are nearly all up, so the plan was to run at 9's or slightly over...hmm that went out of the window almost straight away, I found myself in the low 8's. So eased back a bit but the pace kept creeping up (no discipline!), reached the little out and back around 11-12 miles and knew then that the 2nd half was going to hurt! So far only a little bit of light rain and one downpour, quite windy in places though.
Halfway in 1:55 and not feeling great, legs were giving up, I had a stitch and seemed to have a very dry mouth. Cracked on to about 16 and then reverted to a run/walk as I was starting to cramp, seemed to be ok going up or down but really struggled on the flat. Tried to be strict with myself and not allow the walks to become too long, so did a max of .1 on the watch and tried to run at least .3. This worked quite well. Another couple of downpours, but nothing that lasted too long and was actually quite refreshing.
3 nice downhills towards the end which thankfully weren't too steep to run down, the last of them taking me to within a mile of the finish, which was completely flat along the canal but managed to run it and was glad to finally see the finish. 4:21 ,but number 14 done.
A Really lovely course & well organised, I'd def do it again. Only £20 as well I think, no medal & £5 for a cotton tee, little goody bag & a mug. Nice.
Took a little longer to get home but nothing bad & was surprised I hadn't seized up on the journey, legs felt tired but had no problem walking/stairs etc, slept well though . On Sunday I was up and down the stairs carrying stuff up/down, and working on the house. Just a little bit of soreness, but mostly ok.
I need to get back to doing long runs, to try and get some endurance back & that will hopefully be all I need to do to get the sub 4 (and beyond).
I've been out for a 3 miler this morning & no aches/pains, legs do feel empty though.
Liverpool on Sunday then, I've no idea how to run it at the moment. Will see how the legs feel in a few days and go from there.
Hope that niggle is ok Shades, I think I've had that one before where a certain stretch will hurt but can't feel it running/walking. Well done on the prize
Looks like Venice went well Big_G, & the 10k was a success again.
Well done on the 10k pb Cal, if it's a measured course then ignore the garmin & take the pb.
Worcester sounds like a marathon I'd like, shame about your calf but you still did a decent time.
Ian - I arrived just late a few weeks ago, realised when I was half mile away that it was going to be tight, and came into the top gate (100mtrs away) to see them setting off, overtook 200 that day . So is parkrun a weekly fixture for you now ?