Back running!

Hey peeps, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. After a chilled out Friday listening to the film podcast and watching a film, I was up bright and early to pick up my Dad and brother on the way to Parkrun.

I wasn’t sure how I would go seeing as the last time I had run was last Sunday- I thought I would just see how I felt. I did have a quick google to see what my pace should be to beat my pb, but when I saw it was 8 something I decided to ignore that.

It was a frosty morning- the car park was a little slippery in places, and I kept on a long sleeved top over my t-shirt, and gloves. The sun was so low and at the start we were running right towards it; the park looked beautiful in the sunshine.

The run starts off on a path, but a lot of people start on the grass as it narrows later on, past a fenced off park. My Dad and brother were ahead of me right at the start as I felt quite unsteady on the grass as the mud was thick (and the people ahead had sort of broken the light frost so it was not stiff) but I kept on overtaking people. I glanced at my watch a few times and always saw 8 something, but didn’t want to think about it too much. I felt like I was pushing hard, but seeing as I had rested pretty much all week and had no ache in my hip I kept on pushing. With the finish in sight I saw that my watch said 25 something- then I was trying to judge if I could get there in a minute so just started counting in my head and went for it. ย It was a fast finish and I felt a bit sick (but by now I know I won’t be, it is just that feeling of really pushing hard that I am starting to get used to)- my Dad and brother were waiting for me so we quickly queued up for scanning before we got too cold (especially my Dad who finished about 6 minutes ahead of me).

I remembered to stop my watch on the finish chute, so I had an inkling that I had a new pb, and was so pleased when the text came- 26.29! 20 seconds off my last pb! ย Despite being number 145 I was only the 21st female, and third in my age group- the highest ever I think!

I popped in to see my Mum when dropping my Dad and brother off (my brother also got a pb) and she made me some tea and insisted on giving me the last slice of her homemade ginger cake- a lovely breakfast.

After a shower at home I had some vanilla scented rooibos tea (more from Teaple)- to warm up again, before rushing about to get ready as we were going for lunch at The Grove with Andy’s family. I have never been before but it was amazing (and so pretty with pumpkins decorating the room)- the lunch was a buffet and we took our time- I enjoyed so much delicious food; chickpea and roasted pepper salad, gorgeous fresh hummus with crispy flatbread, char-grilled vegetables, tomato basil and mozzarella salad, sweet potatoes with chilli (not too spicy), pumpkin cake, blackberry and apple crumble and apple cinnamon popcorn. ย Late in the afternoon we headed back, the brothers picked up their dogs and we put on wellies and coats and had a lovely hours walk through some field, before heading back for hot tea and an evening of games. It felt like an early Christmas.

This morning I was not that hungry, despite not having dinner, so I had a few dates and then headed out on a run. In the end I did 6.7 miles- I didn’t look at my Garmin at all so I have no idea how long it took, but I felt good

On Friday night I soaked some fruit in brandy and spices, as I was sent some ingredients from Sainsbury’s, for Stir up Sunday. So today I have been baking some cakes using their recipe- smelling good so far.

More on that another day!

Anyone else doing a Stir up Sunday? The recipe from Sainsbury’s is the easiest one I have tried as it is brownie style- you melt the butter and sugar in a pan, and then add everything else in- so much easier than creaming the butter for ages. The recipe is here if anyone fancies having a go.

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17 thoughts on “Back running!”

    1. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I am really enjoying running at the moment and I am sure the social side of Parkrun/ seeing my Dad and brother is a huge part of it too. Soups and chilli sound good!

  1. Congratulations on your PB! Thats Great!

    I’m currently making a Fruit Christmas Cake too(but not the same one as yours ๐Ÿ™‚ ). It’s currently baking in the oven.

  2. Great job at Parkrun! I keep considering going, but I usually don’t in favor of extra time in bed and then a longer run at home. It will be a loooong time until I get my 50 t shirt at this rate haha.
    I love the Grove buffet, so fancy!

    1. It is fancy! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I was thinking it would take me 5 years to get the 50 shirt, but I only started in March and have done 11 now, so hopefully I will get there sooner than that. I don’t go every week- sometimes I need a longer run at home, or we are busy, but I love it when I do go.

    1. Yeah I think I just have to get used to that feeling as I always get it when I push hard. The buffet was indeed delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Congrats!! That’s great news on the PB. Glad your hip feels better as well. I think sometimes running can be psychological in that you think you can’t run a certain speed and so don’t aim for it. Sometimes running on effort is more helpful, and then checking your speed later.
    The buffet sounds deeelicious. I would have trouble stopping eating!!

    1. You had to walk past the dessert table to get to anything else so it was a good reminder to save space!
      So much of running is in your mind, I agree. I like running on feel and think that is a good skill to have, plus I sometimes panic and get all nervous if I see I am going fast enough for a potential pb, so I like to not know.

  4. Well done on another new PB. You’re storming at the minute! Just heard your shoutout on Marathon Talk from last week about your 10k. ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s your next target now you’ve nailed that sub 60 and followed it up with a Parkrun PB?!

    1. How exciting! I have not listened to this weeks show yet. Gosh, I really want to get a 2 hour half, but I think that is going to take a lot more work as I need the sub 60 10k pace for twice the distance. That is more of a long term goal.

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