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First Parkrun 5k today


I did it! I ran all the way! The first mile took under 10mins so I am told this makes me a runner, but for the rest I was slower. It was raining so I got soaked but it didn't bother me once out running. The second mile I found the hardest; my legs felt heavy and I thought I was going to have to walk, but by the third mile my legs got lighter and I was able to manage to put in a (very short) spurt to reach the finish in 32:03mins which I was pleased with. It's entirely due to my companion that I didn't give up, and I'm so grateful to her for talking me through the 2nd half.

I got an e-mail saying I was 2nd in my age category, but when I viewed the results there were only 2 in it! At least I wasn't last, in fact I was 132nd/181. I felt sick half way round but am feeling better now that I've eaten and rested. I was able to wander round Taunton shops for the rest of the day and am leading a 10k charity walk tomorrow so my recovery time must have benefitted from the training long term although my running time has plateau-ed. I think I may have agreed to do it again now - caught in a weak moment!

I posted that I had lost the plot a few days before doing the parkrun. I really didn't think I could do it. Thanks for all the replies and advice from other C25k runners in this community.

10 Replies

Surely it's the running in the rain that makes you a runner ;-) Well done on completing your first parkrun!


Fantastic achievement!


Well done , inspiring and keeping my spirits up that one day I too can complete a 5k run.

Yes very inspiring , posts like this really spur me on , well done you must be feeling really proud of your self


Congrats and well done! Keep up the good work!!!


Definitely a runner. Well done.

Parkrun is great well done on your time .


Well done and a great time for your first run. Welcome to park run but be warned it is addictive and you may find yourself planning your weekends around it


Well done, you are definatley a runner now especially with that fantastic time!

Thank you to all for your messages. I fear it may be addictive as my companion is planning to carry on 'training' me. Not sure if I can live up to her expectations of improving. Anyway I'm up for giving it a go. Anything to make it easier; the first one was sooo... HARD!

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