Ashton Court parkrun – 15th March 2014

My 50th parkrun and I intended to just go out and enjoy it, no pressure, just get the run done. It was a little chillier than expected at the start and I was just doing my thing. I managed to pass a few people on the hill up to the plateau and turned at a steady 13 minutes. I kept my pace going along the plateau and back to the 3/4 mark (another time check and it was around 19 minutes). The final 1.25km is back down the first hill and then a flatish run into the finish and I know that gravity assisted I can do that in around 5 minutes, so since it looked like I was on for another sub 24 minute run (twice in two weeks) I kept pushing it. You run out of hill assist for the final 500m and even have to go up a slight rise, then the last 80m or so when you round the final corner is flat. I passed a lady I had been chasing at this stage, checked my watch and it said 23 minutes so I put on the afterburners. They only have a very small amount of fuel but I hung on across the line, stopping my Garmin at 23:44, which is a new pb for me on the Ashton Court course. By a second. According to my Garmin. The official results gave me a time of 23:45 but still a new pb!

I popped in to the garden centre on my way home, bought six roses, pulled off a staggering piece of parallel parking when I got home, and planted them. A pretty good start to the day.

I finished 82nd out of 283, was 11th lady and 3rd in my age category.

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