Today saw the true start of my parkrun tourism as I ventured for the first time outside the four walls of Glasgow to Strathclyde Country Park. The parkrun route is an out and back course along the edge of the artificial Strathclyde Loch.
It was wet. It was very wet (except for the middle bit where it actually stopped raining for awhile). I live in Scotland so it is really a miracle that I got to this point in January without getting wet on a run!
There were lots of rowers on the Loch as well as the usual loch inhabitants.
The course is along a tarmac path that is quite narrow in places but the only congestion was at the start of the course, with the group needing to spread out on the sodden grass.
I started at what felt like an easy pace and just aimed to stay with people until the turn when I started to find myself overtaking people. One man I passed with less than a mile to go asked where I got the kick at the end from. I replied that I start very, very slowly! But actually when I checked my garmin just now my pacing was very even throughout with mile splits of: 9:37, 9:28, 9:28 and 8:31 for the last 0.1. My official time was 29:59, which doesn’t tally with the splits, but never mind.
It was a picturesque course (ignoring the traffic roar from the very nearby M74) and one that I might have to repeat in sunshine.
Running – 49.45 miles
parkruns – 3/12 Scottish parkruns and my 10th in total
Happy Burns Night (and happy 5th Birthday to my niece, Esther), I’m going to a friend’s this evening for vegetarian haggis neeps and tatties. Yum!