Today was my first ParkRun, Spent last night watching the rain thinking what have I done, arranging to go to this and how do I get out of it... lol
Made worse by waking up in the middle of the night with agonising headache/toothache. (I can't wait until July the 1st, my 1st appointment with the dentist. I've always been afraid of the dentist but im so eager to get there right now. Woke my other half up during the night begging him to take my teeth out himself lol.
So I had my excuse if I needed one to get out of the park run, but I was a good girl and went along. It was a beautiful morning, the sun was out.
According to the website there were 356 people there. and I was definitely overdressed in my jogging bottoms and layers, everyone had shorts and capris on. It was run along the seafront so I expected it to be cold, but it wasn't so I was left boiled alive, I definitely looked like id been by the end of it.
No idea on time as the times aren't up yet, I've been checking every 5 minutes for the last couple of hours since I got home lol
Everyone on here was right people are very friendly and give you a well done and a clap and a keep going which was nice.
Not so nice was the photographer who leapt out from behind a tree and took my picture at the very end... not amused !! Dreading to see what I look like at the end of a run, I've always avoided any eye contact with mirrors because I can imagine it aint a pretty sight.
I was very surprised at the speed everyone took off at the start, we were near the back and I immediately dropped to last, but overtook our first person about 20 yards down the road, a lady who started walking. I found the first 10 minutes very difficult as the pace was so much quicker than what I do on my own but I really didn't want to be last so tried to keep up, a few people dropped to walking so we passed them. Cant believe the speed of the everyone as the folks up the front passed us heading back for the finish line when we were at about the 1k mark..... amazing...... So passed a few people, but think I'll probably be in the bottom 10 still.
Been looking at last weeks results for the park run and the top 328 runners (out of 393 in total ) were all under 30 minutes, so its made me realise I've done well In this programme but I've still a long way to go.
I found it so hard, it seemed to go on forever and I was very close to stopping a couple of times but I did it red faced and shattered and unable to breathe.
All this sounds like it wasn't much fun but I think I might go back again, maybe do it once a month. It was a good experience.
As long as they don't post that photo of me.....