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Parkrun #14

Only my second parkrun of the year, and my first back at Vogrie.

Warmed up with a a bit of 1 minute walk/1 minute run intervals, made my way to the start, half listened to the briefings and then we were off.

As usual, there was the inevitable need to not get caught up and head off too fast, but as I bounded gracelessly down the opening hill, I settled into my stride.

First lap, nothing really to write home about. Kept a fairly even pace despite it being muddier than usual in some places, and pretty much before I know it, I'm at "Pam's corner" and heading into the home straight, ready to start lap 2.

At about 3.5k in, I hit my nemesis. There is a long, slow, gradual climb. It's not steep. If you were walking you'd almost never be aware of it, but recently, for some reason, on my last couple of visits, I've ended up walking about 100-200m of this stretch. There are steeper climbs on the route that cause me no problem, but this bit seems to have got into my head, and I'm going to have to purge that particular demon soon.

Despite that, I ran all the segments apart from that one faster on the second lap than I did on the first. Despite the walk, I ran my second fastest second lap of the course, and posted my third fastest time for that route in a time of 30:23 (had it not been for the walk bit, I'd have probably managed under 30 minutes for the third time on that course.

A well earned coffee and caramel shortbread at the cafe afterwards and it was time to head home before Storm Ciara showed up.

PS: The little dip in my cadence just before the end is where I stopped to get my barcode scanned before running the extra few metres to make sure it recorded as a 5k.
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