Queen’s parkrun and update on health

Things have been progressing well over the past couple of weeks health wise. I took Ibuprofen for a week which was taken to reduce any swelling. This week I have ran Monday, Wednesday and Friday and each run felt progressively better.

I was able to run the whole way for each run as the discomfort in my chest was minimal. It has not gone completely but so much better than it was.

I decided to run the Queen’s parkrun this morning. This was the second event at the latest new parkrun to Glasgow. The added incentive is our church, Queen’s Park Baptist Church, is hosting a cafe after the run so we will be taking our turn to man the cafe.

It is a three lap course with 3 hills on each lap so it is definitely a hilly one.

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Katrina and I did a warm up lap which was a good plan as it gave us a clear idea of where the hills where.

I was keen to be sensible with my run as I didn’t want to push too hard and the pain in my chest to return. I ran with Katrina for the first lap and then tried to keep the pace up for the second and third laps.

I left Katrina on the first hill of the 2nd loop but she finished well and was also happy with their run.

I finished 54th (out of 263 runners) in 24:04. I was happy with my mile splits but the main encouragement was I hardly felt my chest so things are definitely going in the right direction.

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Here the results sorted by age graded …

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Katrina was 3rd overall if sorted by age graded so congratulations to her! We both have a time to aim for as we will be back to run again!

My plan is to continue to run 3-4 times a week for the next few weeks and hopefully the discomfort in my chest will go completely and I will be able to put a few weeks of harder weeks training before the Tour de Helvellyn in December.

I bought my road bike about 7 years ago and it needed a good overhaul so I took it to http://www.cornerbikes.co.uk/ in Shawlands and Steve did a great job replacing the wheels and fixing all the issues.

I picked up my bike and rode home after the parkrun. It was like riding a new bike. I’m really pleased with it so thanks to Steve at Corner Bikes.

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