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Saturday, 7 April 2012


Super by ultraBobban
Super, a photo by ultraBobban on Flickr.

I was feeling rather lethargic this morning as the alarm went off on a bank holiday Saturday. It was one of those times when I wasn't really sure what day it was. Although I had been into work Monday, Tuesday and Weds, the gorgeous Mrs UB and I have been busy socialising over the last two days.

Bank holiday aside, we pulled on our running gear and decided on Parkrun, Crystal Palace. Those regular followers will know that CP Parkrun is very hilly; Essentially up to the top of the hill and back down. Twice. Lap 2 is challenging if you went out hard on lap 1. So with some dehydration following a couple of ciders in the Porterhouse and a few glugs of wine last night, I thought that I would take it easy. Part way through lap 1 I was running in about 12th I think. I felt quite good so attacked hard on the downhill. I haven't done this since breaking my leg as this has caused the most risk to injury. I then ran hard on the next uphill and felt pretty good, despite the previous days shenanigans.

I think CP Parkrun takes about a minute longer than a flat 5k owing to the hills. I was pleasantly surprised to have run a PB for the course, 20 mins 43 secs. Only 49 secs off my flat PB, 4 years ago. So I left feeling SUPER! A nice jog home with Mrs UB, who forgot her Parkrun pass but had a good run, then a 5 mile warmdown and chillax.

I was contemplating a marathon tomorrow but price + distance + the idea of a multi-lap course x lie in......So a long run on the North Downs Way instead!


  1. Did someone mention North Downs Way? I don't know if I ever told you Rob that the North Downs Way is my playground.
    I won't be on the NDW tomorrow but I will be running through Knockholt and then cutting off to do a short 13 miles. Have great time

  2. Well done on the CP ParkRun PB, who knows what sort of time you could do without the Ciders!!! Hopefully catch up with you soon.