This morning I went to my second closest local parkrun at Wauchope for a run. My May running month has been low mileage with some intensity on the runs I have managed to do. Before today I have managed just 31km of running in May over five runs, I have deliberately decided to take a month of unfocussed running and low mileage to refresh myself before my next goal race preparation starts.
I was pleasantly surprised this morning to run a 17:37 for the 5km and felt fairly comfortable for most of the run. I was expecting my fitness to have faltered slightly after such a small running month. Prior to the parkrun this morning I was thinking about a 18:30 I would be happy with, 3:42 min/km is pretty good running and about a minute outside my parkrun PB so I would have been satisfied with this, so to run a bit quicker than this was good.
Looking forward to starting a new goal race preparation in mid June and confident I’ll be able to start where i left off previously and get myself running my best soon. Confidence is an important ingredient to running, I find it such and advantage to go into a goal race confident of my fitness so I am ready to hold my goal pace and not think I’m biting off more than I can chew. Especially important in longer races when the latter stages are going to hurt it’s nice to have the confidence that I can push through the tough periods knowing I have done the work. Running really is a simple sport. Running is about conditioning and conditioning is built through consistency.