* I bought a pair of Nike XC (Cross Country) lightweight spikes for £10 from Sweatshop, who were selling off loads of these last season’s models. I hadn’t planned on using them for a parkrun and still haven’t. However in post-purchase hindsight it strikes me that 2km of Bushy Park is grass and the other 3km could be run just off the ‘path’ or on the path on a ‘soft-underfoot’ day.
Also Deer Park parkrun and others 100% grass.
Spikes should help your time as well as bringing similar benefits to a lightweight running flat as described earlier…hmmm. I might try this one myself later in the year! Update: tried it and it didn’t work for me, didn’t hurt though I still did a good time.
You might get a course PB but unlikely a real PB on a grassy course.
All the suggestions are starred:
*** 3 stars. IMHO it will work
** 2 stars. It might work
* 1 star. Can’t hurt
X 1 cross. It CAN hurt if done wrong.
All 50 tips are shown here as a series of posts : http://the5krunner.com/tag/how-to-get-a-5k-pb/ or on twitter using #howtogeta5kpb. They are all SHORT-TERM tips that will work in the next week or so with varying degrees of success.