Position: 75th Time: 21:07

Right, I’ll start with the good. Parkrun number 45 done and meaning I’m now five off the big 50. Hopefully I can get that done by the end of the year.

This week wasn’t I didn’t get a great time, although, in honesty, this week hasn’t been the greatest by comparison to the other ones this summer. Villa can’t buy a win, my part time jobs on the ropes, plus this last week of training has been skewed by some massive blister on my toe.

I went out Wednesday to watch the El Clasico with a massive blister from doing a 10K earlier. Where was I when Asensio and Benzema were banging in goals for Real Madrid? In the toilet trying to find the most comfortable angle to put tissue in my shoe so I could enjoy the match.

Anyway, I’ve gone on a massive tangent. Back to the Parkrun, and it was a hot one today too. We were in a bit of a rush getting there, so after five minutes after I arrived, the event pretty much started. 

The first half of the race was alright, my stomach was a bit weird after two pieces of bread, but apart from that I felt relaxed with a decent pace.

I think I did the 2.5K in under ten minutes, so I was on for a good time. But for whatever reason, maybe the motivation wasn’t there or maybe it was the bad preparation, I really slowed down in the second half of it.

For the first time in ages I was overtaken by a man with a buggy. I’ve seen him before and I think he’s the same guy who used to overtake me a lot when I was starting out. 

In terms of my time, I’m not too happy, but I read something somewhere that doing a Parkrun week in, week out is counterproductive sometimes.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t do Parkrun, because any runner definitely should. And I fully rate the people doing it every week . But maybe for me, if I did a quick 4K round the block this morning instead, where it’s just me against my watch, maybe I would’ve finished feeling happier with myself.

Either way, next week is my last weekend before Cardiff 10K. So I’m looking forward to that. Also, I’ve been getting more likes and views than usual on these blogs, so if you’re reading this, just know you the real MVP!