I have been putting off parkruns for aaaages now... its too early, I'm hungover, its too wet, I ran yesterday, I need another days rest, ii'm too scared, there will be too many people, too few people, it'll be stupidly muddy, I'll be twice as slow as anyone else...
Honestly, its getting embarrasing - the one friend I have told about this whole c25k thing keeps asking me when I'm going to do it - knowing I can do the distance and really its just ME holding ME back.
So I'm going to ask all you lovely people a favour. Help me get rid of choice!
I'm lucky enough to have two Parkruns within a 15-20 min cycle ride. They are the same distance (duh) but have different pros and cons.
Parkrun One is in a park - its 3 laps, on the 'road' and has on average over 150 runners (that's a lot of people!). The slowest is about 35 mins. Its right by the river and so pretty flat. Its marginally further away. The pictures of the runners all look very fit and proper in real running gear - not the cobbled together stuff I have.
Parkrun Two is on a piece of common land so is off road. Its two laps, with a bit of a hill I think. Because its been so muddy, until recently it only had about 20 runners and the *slowest* were 25mins, but the better weather has seen up to about 50 and more reasonable times that suggest I won't be miles behind everyone else (I can't quite work out if the lower numbers are a good thing or a bad thing!).
Which would you choose? I know there isn't much in it, but I'm hoping a decisive verdict from you guys will help me get out of bed at 7.30 on a Saturday - So, Parkrun one, or Parkrun two - the choice is yours!!!