After a last minute decision (and a vote on Instagram – pretty sure people voted that way because of pork pies!) I decided to head to Melton Mowbray parkrun for a change of scenery. I had a brief look online, while rushing out of the door, and found out that the recommended car park was at a school a short-walk from the start.
Once I arrived, later than I wanted to, I parked up and took the 10-minute downhill walk to Melton Country Park. It was a crisp October day, perfect for running in.
Once the race director had done the announcements, explained the route we made our way to the start for 3,2,1 parkrun!
A nice downhill start and though my potential leg injury was pulling slightly, it felt ok on this part. We crossed a wooden bridge, then there was a choice. Left or right around the roundabout before the hill! I opted for left. The hill this early on got my heart racing – once it was over it was over I said to myself (though being a two-lap course it wasn’t really). After the climb the route eased off for a nice flat kilometre through the country park, before a lovely downhill stretch.
A few lumps and bumps and it was time for lap two. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen I’ve been suffering with a potential ITB/hip niggle so I was NOT looking forward to the hill the second time around.
Maybe it was the mindset that got me, but I walked up the hill the second time. I can’t actually remember the last time I walked during a 5k and to be honest, I was a little disappointed in myself. Nonetheless, I made it to the top and quickly got back into my rhythm.
The walking didn’t harm me to much, finishing in 28.35 – quicker than my super flat home run!
I’ll be back again to tackle that hill again…