My first week back at work was always going to be tough, but it hit me harder than expected. I had to give a couple of high-profile presentations whilst preparing for a conference presentation next week
Friday morning was taken up by a course. I was glad to get out for a run with Rachel on Friday afternoon. It wasn’t fast because I’m unfit but I made sure that we completed 5km.
parkrun at Southampton
Saturday was parkrun as usual. I had planned to do a bit of parkrun tourism, but a last-minute invitation meant that I had to be at a train station by 10:45 am. (More about my trip in another post).
Stu and I met up with some old friends from Lordshill Road Runners before the start of parkrun. Rachel joined us on the starting line.
The weather has turned colder recently, so I decided against wearing shorts for the second day in a row. I slightly overdressed. I wore some long tights, a long-sleeved top, a gilet, a running jacket and some gloves. At 1km, I needed to remove my jacket and gloves. By that point, Stu (with M in the buggy) had run off, so I just had to carry them.
M was particularly grumpy at parkrun. It was cold and a bit wet, so we put the rain cover on the buggy. M hates having the hood up as it restricts her vision. She also despises the rain cover, so she spent the first kilometre howling. I expect that some people thought it was because we were running with her, but it was definitely just because of the rain cover.
Towards the end of the run, I surprised myself. I started to breathe more easily and a 30 minute finishing time seemed a possibility. Despite pushing as hard as I could, I didn’t quite manage it.
I was disappointed to finish in 31:13 and even more frustrated when I realised that I was 2 seconds slower than last week. Hopefully my running will get back on track soon.