New Parkrun PB – at last!

I’m pretty consistent when it comes to my Parkruns. My PB for nearly a year has been 23:23 and I always finish within 20 seconds of that.

And every week I try to beat it. I look at my watch, I do the maths, I think it’s possible, I push myself… And I finish 20 seconds over or 15 seconds over, two seconds over (twice!) and even one second over. But try as I might, I could not beat that damn PB.

The other week, I wasn’t quite feeling 100% for Parkrun. My right ankle was aching a bit, my stomach was playing up a bit and I was very tired, having woken up at 3.30am. I didn’t have high expectations of smashing that elusive PB. I would just run and see how I got on. If I came in at under 24 minutes, that would be fine by me.

I discovered about the time I got my PB last year what a difference it makes to start near the front of the pack and push yourself as hard as you can at the start. I run fast until I’m exhausted, then I regulate my pace. If I started at my regulated pace, I would lose that extra minute or so from pushing myself hard at the start.

On the morning of the dodgy ankle and dodgy stomach, I wasn’t really concentrating on the announcements. I hadn’t moved forward. It was too early. I didn’t realise the run was starting. So I had to run as fast as I could from near the back.

It was game over, there were was no way I was getting a PB.

I hardly checked my watch and I certainly didn’t do the maths. Although I did ensure I was in front of the woman in my age category who has had the cheek to beat me a couple of times.

But the stomach didn’t bother me, nor did the ankle or the tiredness.

I crossed the line. I looked at my watch. It looked suspiciously like I’d got a PB.

So did I smash my PB? No. Did I beat it? Yes, by one whole second.

Apart from the PB, the other stats were that I won my age category (as I usually do), I was 77th out of 423 runners, but was only the 10th woman across the line. It’s amazing how much these things vary – a few weeks ago I ran 20 seconds slower, but was 3rd woman overall.

But a new PB is a new PB and I was on top of the world.

Parkrun, PB, Running

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. That’s amazing and huge well done to you!! I think just getting out and doing it week after week after week is an achievement in itself but to smash your PB (even by a second) is just brilliant.

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    • Thanks very much! I love doing it every week, it’s a real part of our routine. I’m really grumpy when I have to skip it! So glad to have got my new PB at last 🙂

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  2. Brilliant, well done! A PB is a PB, even by a second! And also, think about how much you’ll beat it by when you’re well and rested. I guess the trick is not to keep checking your watch, that must slow you down physically and psychologically?
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! I was so pleased to get it – it took me so long to beat it! Good point about the watch. I need to ignore it and just run! x

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  3. Cor blimey, colour me jealous, that’s a great time. Well done!

    (My parkrun PB is 28 mins something although I’m lucky to get anywhere close to 30 mins these days.. too much cake, not enough running.)

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 I think it’s down to the fact that I’ve run all my adult life as I don’t see myself as ‘naturally’ fast. 28-30 minutes is still really good and as I tell my kids, it doesn’t matter what time you do, you’re still getting exercise, unlike everyone sat at home!
      Cake is essential fuel for runners 🙂

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  4. That’s brilliant Sarah! I know how much these things mean to you so well done you and even better when you’re not expecting it! How come you still look so fit and healthy AFTER the run?!

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    • Thanks very much! It’s only a three mile run and I’d had a few minutes to recovery by the time my photo was taken 🙂

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  5. Well done! Do you not have to tell yourself to keep going after pushing yourself so much at the start? I have to make sure I don’t get pulled along by the fast runners or I burn myself out.

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    • I’m just used to it! I know what I need to do. The first time I did it I was dragged along by my husband and thought I was going to die, but I realised it makes me much faster. So I just start off near the front and push myself hard until I feel like I can’t go any longer, then I regulate my pace, by which time I’m ahead of all women of my own age – and most women full stop!

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  6. That’s brilliant – well done on your new PB – and for managing to do Parkrun each week. I’ve started running this year but am still a long way off managing a proper 5k let alone doing one each week! Sounds like you really enjoy it too 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! I *might* have beaten a couple of times since. I’m on a roll at the moment! It’s good to hear you’ve started running. I’m sure you will get to regular 5ks if you stick at it!

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