Barking parkrun (part 4)

I guess Barking has inadvertantly become my bogey parkrun.  It’s a fast, flat, smooth tarmac, uncrowded course with a downhill start and finish and very PB friendly, but despite this, my first run there has remained my fastest, a not-terribly-impressive 36:50.  I’ve not minded too much, because it is such a pleasure to run there, but it’s annoying that I haven’t been able to do it justice.  I therefore set out today with two goals: 1) topple that 36:50 2) run faster than Rob can walk.  (I initially set out to beat Rob’s all time Walking PB of 34:10 but this was a bit too ambitious given the sunshine and recent half marathon so revised it to how fast he can walk today.)

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parkrun tourists

I have described Barking parkrun in some detail previously so I won’t go into it again, nothing has changed.   I set off too fast as usual, but I find my fastest 5ks usually start with a too-fast first kilometre, so this was fine.  Two laps passed without event, then as I was rounding the final corner on to the home stretch, I felt an ominous presence behind me.  Yes, it was bloody Rob, bloody walking, about to bloody overtake me.

“Oh no you don’t!” I said.  “Get behind me!”

According to my Garmin my pace suddenly increased to below six minutes per kilometre at this point.  I am not sure if Rob was actually unable to out-walk my running or if he just decided not to for the sake of his health, but I sprinted down the finish line to a 35:17 finish, my second fastest parkrun ever by two seconds.  I had to begrudgingly thank him for the encroachment, because if I hadn’t been trying to get away I would probably have been at least two seconds slower…

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Vegans

Post parkrun refreshments were held at Storky’s Cafe in Barking Station which is quite unlike anything you’d imagine you’d find in Barking Station – lots of nice vegan and vegetarian options and hipster decor.

Tomorrow I am doing something very silly which I may be too cold to write about until some time in the middle of the week.  My bike is still at the bike shop; I could go and collect it but that would mean I have no excuse not to ride it.

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