I finally did it and joined my local Parkrun.what fun. I clocked 24:38 and placed 28/57. The run was a real first for me, getting out there with other people, trying to do our best. Everyone was pretty serious about it all, no matter their time or ability or whatever. First place went to a bloke in the 55-59 age group in 18:37 followed by an under 14 year old less than a minute behind. In fact half the top 10 were under 14 and the others were over 50. Makes you think, doesn't it? And the kids all seemed to be club runners too.
Funny thing about this Parkrun was just how heavy-legged I felt. I felt the same on Thursday when I did a paced tempo run (1.5k slow, 5k @ 5.19mins per km, 1.5k slow)? But I still fought it and finished faster than I thought I could do. It felt like I had got to the end of a difficult half term, which in fact I had. Just as well I have half term break next week and a 'recovery week' running.
Next event is the Hampstead Midsummer 10k. I hope to add a couple of Parkruns around that but will need to see how it fits in with my intended schedule prep for the Brentwood Half Marathon.
Thanks for reading and keep on running.
Oh ... a photo from this morning.
Technical problems seem to mean that the photo will have to wait till I can shrink it.