8 January 2011

My third parkrun in the last month and still not on the proper course! The last two runs I blamed my hangover for the slow times. However, this time there was no excuse. I felt well preprared when I drove through the snow to Pollok park. With Chris Upson, Niall Mcalinden, Cat Miller, John Quinn and Myra Mcadam, there was a good Westies turnout. The route was again the 10 hill reps in the field next to the Burrell collection. My plan was to improve my PB and I started confidently. Rightaway, I felt this uncomfortable Monday buring in my legs. When I saw John Quinn quite a bit behind me, it dawned on me that I had started too quickly and indeed, during lap 4 John overtook me easily and disappeared into the far distance. Anyway, I managed to carry myself to the finish, although every second step I felt like I was slipping backwards on the snow. It also didn’t help that Niall lapped me just before I started my last round. All this was forgotten once it was over and I felt good to have done it once more. I felt even better once I was back home watching the stars in Edinburgh on TV struggling with their own hill reps …

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