My training plan called for a sub 27:30 parkrun this morning. To put this into context, I have run 86 parkruns and a grand total of three of them have been sub 27:30, namely Oak Hill (tarmac, very slightly undulating), Gunnersbury (mostly tarmac, essentially flat) and Gdynia (tarmac, pancake flat).
So, did I opt for nice and flat Wimbledon parkrun? Net downhill Banstead Woods parkrun? Flat and fast Bushy parkrun? Slightly undulating Nonsuch parkrun? Of course not. For that would have been sensible, and where’s the challenge in that? Instead, in my infinite wisdom, I opted for Richmond parkrun, a net uphill parkrun with a downhill first half and an uphill second half, including an uphill sprint finish. I say sprint finish. I mean finish.
Needless to say, I didn’t deliver a sub 27:30. But it was another sub 28, and the stunning location made for a surprisingly enjoyable four mile easy run afterwards. I now have twenty hours to recover before tomorrow’s long run. Sofa, here I come.