Saturday, 21 June 2014

Runstreak Day #203 - the hilly parkrun...

Cooer, I totally forgot to do an update today for Day 203.  That's what happens on parkrun day, I think!  You get your run out of the way first thing - it's all a mess of nerves, disorganisation, then a crazy 5k charge around a park... and then the rest of a busy Saturday catches up with you!

Soooo... today was parkrun day... and today was a different parkrun than normal.  A silly hilly parkrun... but at least I was meeting up with a couple of running buddies who are both just the right helping of delicious and crazy and we all tackled the hills together.

Y'know, it almost looks like a nice route - you run around a large field, then up and around the park, through tree lined avenues... then another lap around the field, back up through the shady trees... and finishing next to a pavillion.  Very civilised.

Apart from the big f*ck off hill you have to do not once, but twice.  First time, you think 'okay, this is doable'.  You haven't yet done a mile of running, your legs are fresh and it's one slope.  Then it kicks back on itself, and another slope appears.  You get a short downward section... and then another bloody hill appears.  And you think 'this has got to be the top'... until you go down again slightly and another sodding hill sneaks up on you, by which point even the nice downhill run doesn't help you recover and you're wheezing like an asthmatic at meeting of polluters anonymous.

And then you have to do it all again.  And when you're coming back around the field, all you can think of is 'that bloody hill is next' and inside you cry just a little bit.  No aeroplane arms today... it was as much as I could do not to give up and roll down the hill instead.  :D

Managed to be 4th female finisher in 24:43.  In your face bloody stupid hill!!

Hilly parkruns on hot days?!  Madness.  Giving you a finish token isn't enough.  I demand a medal!  ^_^

And / or another cuppa cha.  And some happy dancing!  Of course!  *dances happily*

Geeky stats stuff

Distance:3.12 mi
Moving Time:24:43
Elapsed Time:24:43
Avg Pace:7:56 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:7:56 min/mi
Best Pace:6:01 min/mi

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