Yesterday, I paid a visit to Bromley parkrun for their sixth birthday run. I’ve been to this course once before, when I went for the fifth birthday run and to celebrate my awesome friend Jo hitting run 100.
Once again, the course was run in reverse and there was a large turn out, with 567 runners present. I dragged along my bowling partner Dave, for his second parkrun visit. After catching up with Jo and another Dave, also known from bowling, it was time to go to the start for the briefing. Bromley parkrun is flat, run on a mixture of grass and tarmac for two laps, with a third bit taking you to the finish.
I really wanted to aim for sub-30 minutes, but I’m not a fan of running on grass and I started convincing myself that I wouldn’t do it and made excuses in advance. Then I mentally gave myself a slap and told myself to go for it.
With so many runners, it was very congested at the start again and I found myself walking in places until I was able to get round people. But by half a km, people had spread out and I hit my stride nicely, although I went through the first kilometre in a slightly slower time than I’d planned for my sub 30 attempt. Game head on, I upped the pace a bit. Ultimately though, I puffed myself out and found myself taking a quick walk break during the fourth kilometre, when I got chatting to another runner who’d just done a marathon and had tired legs. I told him I was still feeling a little sluggish from Spitfire Scramble and he said he’d be happy to go sub 30. We set off together, but I didn’t have the legs to maintain his 8:45 m/m pace, so I waved him off and aimed to keep him in sight.
A few hundred metres to go and I kept it steady, aiming for a final push when I could see the funnel. 100m or so to go and I went.
Official parkrun time: 29:45.
My first sub 30 since Rose and a post-pregnancy PB, again!
Dave did really well, taking a minute off his first attempt, to go sub-38.
In terms of my run, I’m pleased. My pacing is a bit all over the place – I should have gone slightly slower in the second and third kilometres, to maintain a steady fourth, but on the whole, I’m happy. Most importantly, I recognised that I was making excuses before I’d even started. My next goal is to get back under 29 – bring it on!
Thank you once again Bromley parkrun for a friendly and well organised event with delicious cake!