Although the distance is always the same, it’s surprising how differently each parkrun course runs. For example, I know my quickest mile at Daventry is always the second one. At Northampton, it’s the first mile which I think gives a distinct advantage.
This is because I know if a pb is on or not sooner. I’ve run Northampton twice now and improved my best time on each occasion. The pattern [for me] has been the same both times: get off to a quick start, have a slight breather in the second mile and then dig in and throw everything I have left at the third mile.
This tactic may not work long term but I’m definitely sticking with it while it does. It also has to be said that we had perfect weather again for racing. If I’m honest, the course and conditions have probably been the main contributory factors to my recent pb’s, although I would like to think my training has played a part as well.
My next parkrun will be in two to three weeks’ time. My recorded time on Saturday was 23.30.