After the high of graduating on Tuesday, I tried the Stepping Stone podcast on Thursday and found it hard going. It was sunny and hot (in Scotland 18C qualifies as hot!) and having no natural rhythm I couldn't get with the beats per minute thing at all. Started off too fast, got dispirited - face all swollen and sweaty didn't help, and ended up having to slow down to a walk 7 times. Kept going though, as a bad run is better than no run!
So today, was delighted that the forecast sunshine hadn't appeared, and that it was dull and overcast with a bit of rain. Phew! My perfect running weather.
As it was the very first Greenock Park Run I suspect there were more people there than will be usually, or at least more experienced runners as there were a lot from clubs and with ParkRun tee shirts who had come along to support this new venture.
Haven't got my official time through yet, but according to my Garmin I did the 5K in just under 31 minutes. It's a flat route along the esplanade, next to the sea, with only a slight rise at the far end, which we looped round twice. I did notice that there were a few people who started off pretty fast, then ended up puffed out and walking. I started off a bit faster than usual, but then got into my usual pace and just kept on going.
First run without Laura as well. I felt quite emotional about doing this - having never been sporty, ever, and having never done anything like this before.
It was great! I loved it, and feel much better than I did after Thursday's pretty horrible run.
Many thanks to all the people and volunteers who make park run happen. I'll be signing up as a volunteer too.