|Photo taken last week at Wimbledon Common parkrun
by Clive Scammell (representative of today's weather)
When I got to the common, I had a chat with a couple of people and found out that it was Ian Higgins' 250th run today, so that was a nice co-incidence to be there to celebrate that. He's the run director for Wimbledon Common parkrun and is incredibly dedicated - in 2007, he directed and ran every single event that year, even the last one of the year when he was ill and put in his all-time personal worst time. And one parkrun he turned up and announced he'd got married the day before! I think it's in no small part down to him how successful Wimbledon Common parkrun has got and is now peaking at 380 runners! It's a really sociable parkrun (as they all are)
I felt OK running, if a little ungainly. At the moment when walking and running I need to consciously move my left arm back and forth as it naturally wants to sit, bent at the elbow, hand in front of my solar plexus. I was also a bit concerned about tripping and falling or being jostled and my shoulder knocked. Deciding to attempt a negative split, the chill temperature helped keep my effort level up with minimum discomfort and I didn't look at my watch at all so I had no idea what my heart rate was. At the mid-point of the course I was pretty sure that I'd hear 13 mins something, and I did indeed (13:20ish as I crossed the mid-point). On track for a high 26minute overall time if I held that average pace. Lap two and I kept the pace roughly the same until there was 2km to go, then I turned up the gas as much as I could without going all-out. All the people who went out too hard at the start were being passed and that always makes me feel better, no matter how bad a run I'm having.
|Sociable parkrun - chatting around the water fountain
On the way home, I decided to do a bit of an experiment; jogging home maintaining 81% HRmax and see what pace that turned out at. 07:40. That's 2 minutes/km slower than I would get for 81% HR max 4 weeks ago. A loss of 35% speed. I'm absolutely stunned.
My recovery rate hasn't dropped off that much. A less than scientific check tells me that I recover at >40bpm drop in <1 min after stopping exercise still, so that's not bad at all.
Anyway. I feel *great* despite the stats on speed. I know I'll get the speed back and it should take no longer to get it back than it did to lose it. parkrun today makes me feel like this:-
|Running makes you happy, no matter how slow or quick you are!