Walkies?

Earned some serious man points this morning. Unblocked a drain? Nope. Saved a cat from a tree? Nope. I went to the dump and disposed of the garden waste. Our local council made some cuts so no longer collect garden waste for free and I refuse to pay the extra so now I stack up the sacks they used to collect and take them to the dump when I have no space left. It’s dead handy that the dump is directly on the route to Gunnersbury Park so I was able to take them on the way to parkrun this morning. It seemed I wasn’t the only runner with the same plan as I walked past another guy dressed in running garb next to the garden waste container. We both stopped, looked at each other, and had a quick chat as we were both going to parkrun.

I had decided to make parkrun a slower recovery run as I had been running 10k nearly every day through the week so I took my iPod along and listened to the latest Kermode and Mayo’s film review podcast while churning out some relatively sedate kilometres at 5 mins 30 secs per km. I started to reel in some runners after 3km who must have gone off too fast and then at the 4km point I hit the afterburners and ran a 4 mins 15 secs final leg. I enjoyed the run thanks to removing the pressure of trying to better my PB and I will probably use the same tactic in future so that my legs are fresh for my usual Sunday long run. With Juneathon now over I will be focusing more and more on speed work to get my 10k & half marathon times down in the upcoming Ealing events so in a few weeks I will run another flat-out parkrun to measure my progress.

After spending the afternoon fighting to bring order to the garden, we took The Son to his evening 11+ preparation class. This meant a nice evening walk around Burnham Beeches for us while we waited for him and tonight we had the bizarre pleasure to see a lady taking her parrot out for a walk. She was wearing a specially constructed rucksack that acted as a cage and the parrot was standing on a perch inside while she walked around the woodland.

So that’s Juneathon completed with a final run and a walk around the parrot trail. Now to take a couple of days rest before getting my legs spinning again.

parkrun result:

  • parkrun time: 0:26:04
  • Garmin time: 0:26.06
  • Gun position: 86 / 150
  • Gender position: 71 / 96
  • Age category: SM35-39
  • Age grade: 51.60 %
  • Exercise completed today: running
  • Distance run today:   3.07 miles
  • Distance run so far: 136.54
  • Distance cycled so far: 7.26 miles
  • Weight change so far: -2.1kg