My attempt at a sub 20 min 5k- carrying a tyre!

I had a rare Saturday morning off work which mean I could attend my local parkrun. An event I’d love to get to on a much more regular basis but am unable to. I’d had a go at my 5k PB a month previous with no joy due to the a non existence of any specific training and that hadn’t changed since so I decided on giving myself a different challenge.

Running with a tyre is quite a common occurrence during obstacle course races (OCR) and I have also ran carrying one for short periods during several of my OCR training runs but never for a stained period so I really had no idea what sort of time I’d be capable of for a full 5k but came to the target of sub 20 minutes.

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I set off at a steady pace then began to pick up the speed as I moved along the long 1k stretch from one end of the park to the other. As the only hill in the entire course approached I was feeling good and moved passed all those that had gone off too hard.

As I turned the corner I realised a running friend James was the 20 minute pace maker so I settled in along side him chatting a little as I tried to relax and forget I had a heavy tyre over my shoulder.

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Completing a full lap of the park I then started to move away from the 20 minute pacer as the second slightly smaller lap began. I then found myself running alongside one of my Parklands Jog and Run members Mick who I knew would put up a fight not to lose out to a man carrying a tyre regardless of who it was.

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Approaching 3k I still felt strong and the tyre hadn’t really bothered me at all. I got the the hill again and for the first time decided to take the tyre off my shoulder and instead carry it in just in my hand but as soon as I reached the top of the hill I made another adjustment back onto my shoulder and push on in the final 1k. Mick was still with me so I knew I’d need a strong finish if I was going to shake him off. By this point I was well clear of James so knew I was well inside my 20 minute target.

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I finished well making it my quickest mile split of the race and even had the strength left to hold the tyre aloft as I ran through the finishing tunnel stopping the clock in 19.31 to finish in 21st place from 241 runners. I was really pleased to have achieved my target and actually found it a lot more comfortable than I’d expected it to be. I’ll defiantly have another go at this when I’m free to do so and the tyre will also be accompanying me over some other distances in the future.

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