Hi Martin - never done the Ipswich half, it always clashes with holidays or other things. I think the same is true this year. I've heard it is pretty undulating and harder than the Norwich half. Shame about that 1 second at Wroxham - hope you get under next time!
So after the scrum of the Norwich parkrun I tried a different one last Saturday - Fritton Lake, which is out towards Great Yarmouth. Really nice one, much smaller with between 70 and 80 runners typically. And a great course, although slower than Norwich. Mainly grass and woodland tracks, some gravel path and pretty much no tarmac to be seen. Twists and turns and a few ups and downs, but really good fun. I was actually surprised with my time of 21.25, as I felt really comfortable and thought it would be slower. I don't think it'll ever be a PB course but definitely preferable to Norwich for me. And I was 1st lady which will never happen in Norwich
My only problem was as I was walking to my car afterwards my right calf cramped badly as if it was pulled - it was OK for Sunday's long run but has been troubling me since so I am taking a wek or so off running and cutting back on the speedwork for a bit.
I have entered the Diss 10k, but it's only a couple of weeks away so will see how my calf is doing before I make a decision. Martin - it's definitely one for a good time, pretty much dead flat.
Not a lot of running last week - only managed to get out on Friday for a nice 7 miles and then another ykw on Saturday. I chose a different one - Fritton Lake which is out towards Great Yarmouth. Never been there before - looks like a great place for tri training as they have an open water swim centre. The ykw was a tricky course, lots of little ups and downs, mainly on grass and woodland track. But really nice - a small field of about 80 runners. I'd told myself I wasn't racing this one as I wanted to see what it was like, so set off comfortably and paced it very evenly at between 6.50 and 6.55 mile pace. I ended up finishing 1st lady in 21.25 which I was very happy with - it's definitely slower course than Norwich but more enjoyable and I'll definitely do it again.
The only downside was as I started walking back to my car my right calf had got very tight, like a cramp that was knotted. I did some stretching and rolling when I got home and thought it was OK - in fact I did a lovely gentle 15 miles on Sunday with no issues. But since then it's cramped up again so I'm going to leave off running for this week and do some cross training. I've had this before although not for a few years - usually it just means about a week with no running and then staying away from any speed work for a month or so, which I can live with!
Well raced Fairy, Mr P (what happened to Puffsta?) and Hans
Norwich parkrun on Saturday - first one since Christmas and I soon remembered why I don't do more of them - they really hurt! But got a PB by 20 seconds - 20:36....slow by the standards of the speedsters on here but I'm happy with it. Norwich is getting too crowded though - almost 450 runners and the paths aren't very wide so it was a real scrum at the start and I spent the first lap (of 3) just trying to get into a rhythm with my pace and not trip up or barge too many people. I think if I'm going to do more of them I'll find a quieter one.
Well done 2old - that's a great improvement on last year
Chick - great 20, no wonder you felt tired afterwards....first one in over a year must have hurt!
Well raced O4S
I did my first ykw since Christmas on Saturday - the Norwich one is getting ridiculously crowded now, almost 450 runners and the paths are not that wide, so it was a major scrum at the start and I spent the first lap just trying to get into a rhythm with my pace and also trying not to trip up. After that I was just trying to keep it going - god I hate 5ks! But ended up with very even miles all at 6.36 on the dot....Came home in 20:36 which is a PB by 20 seconds. So pleased with that for a morning's work. I might do a different one next week - there are a couple of other smaller ones which are probably on slower courses (more grass/woodland than tarmac) but at least won't have the barging.