Saturday was a good day. After chasing a sub-25 minute 5K for months, I finally accomplished my goal. Actually, I didn’t just accomplish it. I absolutely crushed it! I finished the Highbury Fields Parkrun in 24:43, a personal best by 20 seconds! And just to make it even sweeter, I came in first in my age group! In a field of 227 runners, I was the 7th female overall. Not too bad, right?
I’m really super proud of myself. Clearly, my training has been paying off. I have been diligently following an intermediate training plan for the Geneva Marathon in May, and it includes four runs a week, plus one day of cross-training. At least two of those runs are some form of speed-work. While I have moaned about the early mornings, the dark and the rain, Saturday’s PB was very good motivation. This really is working.
— Miranda Markham (@MirandaMac) February 11, 2017
Don’t get me wrong. Pushing myself for all 24 minutes and 43 seconds of that run was literally all of my soul. It also involved some extreme heavy breathing up the last hill. It was possibly more like loud grunting. I can’t be sure really. I was listening to Spotify’s workout playlist so who knows what sort of sounds I was making.
It was also freezing on Saturday. It was 1C and snowing! Brrr! Perhaps my power was partly due to my body’s muscle memory for Canadian climates. Who knows? Either way, I spent the rest of the day feeling pretty damn awesome. To celebrate, Graham and I went for a nice breakfast and then went to the Nike store at King’s Cross and I bought myself some presents, including a new pair of Nike Zoom Pegasus 32 trainers for £24.50!! I mean…. They were practically giving them away.
I now have fantasies about a sub 4-hour marathon. If training continues going well, I think it is possibly even realistic. All my runs have been feeling really good lately with average paces far beyond what I really thought was possible. We’re only on week 6 of a 17 week plan so it may all still fall apart, but for now, I’m going to bask in all the glory of having accomplished one of four of my 2017 goals.