parkrun 50 done!

50_club_t-shirt_backWhat a great way to start off 2015, not only did I get to do 2 parkruns today due to the special New Years Day ruling that 2 parkruns count, but they were run 49 & run 50 for me.  I did my first parkrun about 5 months after I started running using the Zombies, Run! Couch to 5k app, and since then it’s become a huge part of my life.  It is great fun going to new parkruns in varying locations and I have met lots of great people (including @abradypus via whom I discovered Janathon).

I used the first run at Woodley parkrun to do the threshold run from tomorrow’s running plan, I knew it was partially paved so figured it was my best chance of the 2 runs to manage to hit an interval of 8 mins at 5:20/km pace.  Typically a large part of the interval fell on slightly squishy grass, but I was happy to manage an average pace of 5:26/km.  I even managed a sneaky sprint finish so finish in 29:48, a nice sub30 start to the year.

It was then a short drive over to the much muddier Reading parkrun for my second run of the day, and my 50th parkrun.  This was quite tough given the soggy conditions and the effort I had put in at Woodley and I wasn’t able to finish quite as strongly but 33:03 isn’t all that bad!

It was good to catch up with fellow parkrun tourists (much more accomplished than I am) @KezzaBumpkins, @n0rm & @Urglecom at both runs and to see @Totkat for coffee afterwards (she’s currently banned from running after an ankle op) and it was also quite cool for my Dad to come along to watch both runs.  He did get some photos but technical error meant they haven’t burnt to disc properly so they’re in Reading and I am back home….so I’ll get them loaded later.

After all that running it was good to head back to Mum & Dad’s for “Christmas dinner”, I certainly think I earned those roast potatoes!

There we have it 1st January 2015, 10km run and post one of Janathon complete.

Woodley parkrun Garmin Stats:

and the map/profile from Veloviewer
Woodley parkrun - Veloviewer graphic

Reading parkrun Garmin Stats:

and the map/profile from Veloviewer

Reading parkrun - Veloviewer graphic

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