A double header this morning as after cycling to Ashton Court for the parkrun there, I cycled into town to meet up with Rosey and reacquaint ourselves with the last part of the Bristol half marathon course ahead of next week’s race.
I didn’t take the parkrun flat out, knowing that I was going to have another 5-6 miles to do afterwards, so was surprised to find myself coming home in under 23 minutes and that was after having to stop to tie my shoelace on the plateau. Strava reckons that met my 22:35 target, but it’s measuring somewhere different as my watch said 22:49 when I crossed the line. That put me 57th out of 356 parkrunners, 4th lady and 2nd in my age category. I’m up to sixth now in the points table.
I then trundled down to meet up with Rosey and go around the last section of the Bristol half marathon course, as it’s been a couple of years since she last ran it. It was good to have a reminder of some of the annoying bits (the hill by Castle park, the cobbles at Welsh Back) without the fog of having run most of the mileage by then. The Castle park hill doesn’t last that long, and Welsh Back isn’t that far. Both will just have to be endured.