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22 May 2016 @ 03:32 pm
51 minutes, 12 seconds  
That's 2 minutes faster than last year so I'm pretty pleased.

I actually started out going pretty fast, around the speed I normally run when practising for 5km, but since I was feeling pretty good and I know I run faster than practice in actual races, I decided to go with it and maintain that general pace as long as I could (which, it transpired, was around 7km). Despite the doom-laden predications of at least one of my weather apps it was hot and sunny. I was glad I hadn't worn a long sleeve top. I did wonder if it was a good idea to skip the water station at 4km but I don't habitually drink when running and now didn't seem to be the time to start. I did go through the run-through shower at 5km, though regretted it a little as my new (vari-focal) glasses spent the next 500 metres slipping down my nose.

It was around 5km I started noticing people, most notably children in, I would guess, the 6-10 age bracket standing in the crowds with their little hands held out hopefully for high fives as people went past. So I amused myself for the next 2-3km by obliging. I was actually a little surprised that more people weren't interacting with the crowd, though I don't think it is something I would have thought of had I not read [personal profile] nanila's account of the Worcester 10k. But hey! I wasn't going to win any medals and spreading the fun seemed like a worthwhile thing to do.

Around 7km the faster than normal pace started to hit home and I slowed down to about 5minutes 15 seconds per kilometre, which was the pace I'd been practising at, but everything definitely began to feel rather like hard work. I was cheered up by spotting one of the regular Park Run directors cheering in the crowd around 7km, and the Team Humphrey bus at about 8km ("Team Humphrey" is the name coined by the Manchester Children's hospital for whom I was running - I've no idea why) - in both cases it was a boost that someone in the crowd recognised me (or my T-shirt). About this point I also spotted one of the regular park runners just ahead of me and keeping her in sight, helped me keep the pace up. I was mildly perplexed that I couldn't catch her up, because these days I'm faster than her at park run, though when I first started out I often used to follow just behind her - I guess she's my informal pacing mascot. Looking at the results I was over a minute faster than her overall so she must have actually started ahead of me. I managed to speed up a little in the final few hundred metres, but I wouldn't claim to have sprinted for the finish.

This year I experimented with listening to podcasts as I went around the course, the idea being that they wouldn't drown out the various musical acts one passes en route but would be more interesting than silence. As a result, I had the slightly surreal experience of listening to [twitter.com profile] JonnElledge (with his CityMetic hat on) discussing public transportation in LA for a large part of the run (shortly after leaving the bold reporter from Welcome to Night Vale cowering under his desk because Management had left their office). It was certainly easier to switch attention into and out of spoken material, but it happened to the extent that I don't recall a great deal about public transportation in LA - nor the nature of identity in the suburbs of large cities. By the time I remembered to switch podcasts off I was, apparently, into an episode of "From our Own Correspondant" but I hadn't heard any of it because of the noise around the finish.

Each year, I've been fascinated by the loot that is put into the finishers bags. Presumably it is all provided by sponsors and mostly it consists of obvious things like energy snacks, but there's often something a little left-of-field. This year that was a 500g bag of basmati rice. I'm assuming carbo-loading was behind the reasoning there.

According to the website I was 5,082th overall, 53rd woman between 45 and 49, 470th person between 45 and 49 and 630th woman overall. My nemesis (i.e., the woman between 45-49 who regularly as clockwork beats me at park run) was exactly 2 minutes faster than I was and came in 3,695th overall. Since she volunteered at park run yesterday (as did I), I have now identified her. As well as running faster than I do, she has a very cute umbrella. Another park run regular spotted me as I wandering around central Manchester afterwards. He'd managed a time in the 46-47 mark, my neighbour of the Manchester Museum and Art Gallery Mafia managed 45 minutes, 47 seconds. But they're both men and so sadly, but frankly, in a different league.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/192618.html.
liadtbunny: Bulman Yay :Dliadtbunny on May 22nd, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
Well done:) Sounds a good day. Enjoy the rice!!
louisedennislouisedennis on May 22nd, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
I have now discovered that the rice comes with a recipe!

At least we eat rice. The instant noodles from last year are still in the pantry.
liadtbunny: bulman & Lucy eatingliadtbunny on May 23rd, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
Make a not very good stir fry?

We used to eat instant noddles with a slice of pizza, why?
wellinghallwellinghall on May 22nd, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
Well done! Count that as 92% "being really impressed and pleased" and only 8% "being a tad jealous at your energy and willpower" ;-)
louisedennislouisedennis on May 22nd, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *g* I always think its worth recalling we choose where to invest our energy and willpower.

For instance, I am not currently holidaying in an awesomely cute windmill. Only last week we looked at Landmark Trust properties with a view to our summer holiday only to discover, of course, that there were none available in our price range in locations we wanted to visit in the one week we think we both have free over the summer and so have ended up with a far more run-of-the-mill cottage in the lakes.

I also suspect I read a great deal less than you, and I hardly interact with the Tolkien Society at all. All things that in an ideal world I would have more time for.
wellinghallwellinghall on May 22nd, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
It is pretty cute :-) I am becoming ever more firmly convinced that the only way to book a Landmark Trust you want is to plan your holidays five years ahead. (We once had a good holiday with the much smaller Vivat Trust; but alas! - seeing if they had anywhere available for this summer showed that they had gone bankrupt a few months ago, without word on what was happening to people who had booked holidays, or indeed to their properties).
knitekatknitekat on May 23rd, 2016 10:01 pm (UTC)
louisedennislouisedennis on May 24th, 2016 12:14 pm (UTC)
fififolle: Tony Martin sees what you did therefififolle on May 24th, 2016 05:39 am (UTC)
That's fabulous, well done! Loved you giving the kids high-5 :) I am in awe of your achievement. And you write a great write up!
louisedennislouisedennis on May 24th, 2016 12:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And thanks for your donation as well!
fififolle: Banlieue13 - makingfriendsfififolle on May 24th, 2016 12:17 pm (UTC)