So, from Feb 2nd to April 26th (almost 12 weeks) but I’ve done all the runs required from the programme … so bring on that badge!!
Decided to do something different for this special run today. Instead of trotting around my local streets, footpaths and park, I did a bit of online checking and discovered that a park just a few miles away is a regular venue for one of the famous ParkRuns. So, popped into car all togged up and ready for the run and drove to the aforementioned park. Sunny morning though a chilling breeze gathering up (will probably bring rain in the next hour). Found a huge map of the park venue and then located the usual start line and a long line of orange marker arrows. The course is 2.5 kms so I knew I’d need to do two plus a little bit to get back to carpark.
Set off for a five minute warm up walk and that took me around the edge of a couple of football fields. Then through a hedge onto the canal towpath – a mixture of compacted pebbles/shingle and mud. Loads of wild ducks keenly flapping on the water charming one another but completely oblivious to my presence. After a while a detour through some trees, over some earth banks into a little woodland area with a miniature railway track running through it. Followed the track a while, then into an area of children’s playground and adult fitness equipment. Eventually out into meadow/field area (lots of lucky doggies being walked) and after the next copse into an opening with the park coffee shop and the start sign in view again.
Round two! Still plodding happily away. Amazed at how different my limbs feel running on grass and muddy paths after pavements for the last 12 weeks. Ducks still ignoring me – only have eyes for other ducks at this time of year. Narrow railway tracks looking fairly rusty and presumably waiting for summer weekends to take kiddies for rides. Blossom and catkins amazing in dappled light of that small woodland area. Out to the meadow field and was beginning to flag a bit. Checked watch - I’d run for 38 minutes. Couldn’t really do much more running – hips were beginning to complain about the changed running surface. Walked past the playground and last clump of trees, past the coffee shop and back to the car park.
All in all, 5+kms covered … 38 minutes running and about 15 minutes total walking (warm-up and cooldown/back to car)
Twelve weeks ago, I couldn’t manage one minute runs, was wheezy and asthmatic, feet and knees complained after each outing – I needed the day’s rest each time and sometimes needed 2 or more days. Thank you NHS and lovely Laura (even though I got bored with your music at week 6). But, an even bigger thank you to ALL - lovely C25Kers and bloggers who have escorted me through this programme. You are all beyond amazing. Between you, you helped me stick to it through the tough times and shared my joy in the good times. Love and best wishes to you all. This is an amazing plan and it really, truly works. Asthma has abandoned me. Large slacks/jeans now in danger of abandoning me too. Things are sooooo good! Next target – the 5k track in 30 mins – might consider a ParkRun run in a month or two. Cheers, Linda x