PARKRUN 119 COMPLETED - HARROW, NW LONDON, UK
Easy run out and gentle stroll in the park as I headed down the A41 to Harrow (from Watford). Plan was to enjoy it, take it easy, and have a chat with the locals (whilst ticking of another course). Three laps on paths (with a mini loop on lap one), mostly flat, with a slight uphill for 300 meters (not too steep either), so this for me is a fast course. It was very tempting to get carried away and race it but I managed to hold the pace.
For most of the 5km run, I was speaking to a young Indian chap who was doing the same as me, take a stroll and get ready for a race tomorrow. A few months ago if I was doing a 5km (or any run at any distance), I would be struggling to talk, out of breath etc, today it was different and was able to hold down a conversation whilst running. Also felt very strange to pace alongside with somebody during a Parkrun but we had a great time and before we knew it, event over. Also the marshalls and event organisers are fantastic, welcoming and all of them have a good sense of humour. There is a very good community feel to this course which I don't see often at Parkrun's in London. Hope to be back here one day.
Came away from a good runout feeling very positive and feeling good. No sweat. Didn't push hard. Took it steady and now feel ready for tomorrow's half maraton in Deal, Kent.
Anyway, the stats. Time: 24-00. Position: 39th out of 182 runners. Average Pace: 7:47 per mile. Kcal burnt: 463 Parkrun courses completed: 68.
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