I really wish that the ubiquitous Parkruns started a bit later. It was 9 o'clock on Saturday morning when I woke up. Just the time when thousands of early risers were setting out on, for many, their weekly 5K effort.
I'm pretty convinced even if I made the effort of going to bed that bit earlier and making that early start time I wouldn't perform any where near to 100%.
Not that the start time is the only handicap, as the nearest venues of Hyde Park Leeds and Lister Park Bradford are hardly on the door step.
I was keen to record a tempo 5K on Saturday so a convenient Parkrun would have been ideal as it was , what with the dreadful weather and athletics on the tele, I ended up at Nelson track late afternoon. Interestingly 2 others had much the same idea. I passed through torrential rain on the way over but the 12 and a half laps were completed in dry albeit breezy conditions but still hard work.
As I was warming up, one of the others on the track asked with I suspect just a hint of sarcasm, "Have you started yet?" (Cheek!) So perhaps determined to demonstrate that there was a distinct difference between my warm up pace and my tempo 5K pace I went through 4 laps in 7.13, slowed on the next 4 to 7.17 and with the year's fastest previous effort for this training exercise of 22.35 in mimnd had to work very hard to record 7.13 for a final time of 22.33.
Well done to her.
Many would suggest that 5K on the track is hard enough in a race with others let alone doing it solo but at least there are no impediments that we face on the roads or even the canal towpath.
With 2 track sessions then "in the bank" for the week I was interested to see how I would cope with another 12 miler yesterday with Jon W. and again a touch apprehensive as he is younger and faster. But it went pretty well again; just a few seconds per mile down on the previous Sunday
when both of us were just that little bit fresher. Customary 2 mile jog intro. then 10 miles in 82.13.
So 53 miles for week 31. I've been over 50 a couple of times this year but as we all know quantity is not the only factor. So for the week to include 12 miler, 8 x 1K rep session and a 5K
tempo solo track effort was particularly pleasing.
Needless to say, today's Monday outing was a short 4 mile jog at 9.45 pace. My "rest" day!
Nice if they could repeat that in a year's time at the Olympics but would the younger, developing Jonny be taking the gold? Time will tell.