I worry about times but not enough to go through pain or embarrasement to hit them. There are always other races. Not sure how I would feel if I was competing in a once in a lifetime type thing there I might go through more barriers to finish but still wouldn't chase times.
In fairness to Paula I remember her NY record & olympic misery before the toilet stop.
I kind of understand why olympic athletes would fall into doping but I doubt anyone is taking EPO to win parkrun.
Hash House Harriers really need to change their name. It sounded to me like they run around estates until they find trainers dangling from lamposts.
I like beer and I like running but I tend to prefer both separately. After a long run beer does not sound like an ideal rehydrant to me and after a short run the calories burnt do not warrant the reward.
I use smartcoach for all my training plans as I like the way it ramps up my distance and gets the tempo speedwork balance right in the build up.
However I find some of the pacing from smartcoach a little baffling and have never found an explanation of what it is building you up for (PB? Same as before?) so I have taken to modifying it a little. I always enter my PB for that distance instead of the last race like it asks and the long and easy runs I find the suggested pace a little to far off my target so I tweak a little faster.
Maybe I should have more confidence in what it says but I have never followed it exactly and has been ok so far. I know this is not answering your question but maybe try mixing it up a little. It really depends on how you have recovered from your injury on what pace you can acheive.
Never understand why people pay for pics. I always look a wreck in them so certainly would not pay anything to look at that. In my mind I look like Seb Coe sprinting to the line so I tend to stick with that than the reality,