First parkrun!

And I loved it! Was hot already by 9am and I'm used to running at 5.30/6 am so was nervous about the heat. I was right at the back when we started, I knew I needed to start slow because of the heat and to make sure I finished. The start was across a field and then it was two laps through the woods. This was lovely as we had the shade from the trees. Marshals along the way cheering you on was lovely, even a little boy with his mum who said as I passed "mummy that's a slow runner!".....mortified! Walked twice for about 30 seconds each but I made it in a time of 41:28. Less than ten minutes slower than my friend who has done a half marathon in the past! Going again next Saturday!

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  • sounds fun..i'm a bit slower than you about 47-50 mins. Very impressed with 41mins. I thinking about having a go at one. Would you recommend it?

  • Oh yes mark try one , you will really enjoy it .

  • Sounds like you enjoyed it. I signed up to my local park run and hope to run my first once I've completed the c25k. Looking forward to it :)

  • Definitely, the people at mine were lovely. Lots of encouragement along the way. So many people passed me and shouted things like "you can do it" and "keep going, you're doing really well". It's nice to get a proper time and run with others, this is new to me as I always run alone so it was nice. You should try it!

  • I always find everybody very encouraging too Emma A really great bunch

  • Congratulations Emma Louise , the first ones are a bit nerve racking don't you think ? You did great & glad you enjoyed it . Wish I could make every weekend , but I have to work every other sat . Keep up the good work & happy running .

  • Thank you, I was so nervous this morning. Was stupidly convinced that I might get lost! I work weekends so I will miss some but am off next weekend so it's already in my diary! Would kill for your time though!

  • You did great your first one too , I'm just glad to be able to compete in such things , never thought I'd see the day lol .

  • Well done. Sounds a lovely experience. I have registered with my local park run but am not ready yet!!

  • Great glad you enjoyed it so much. Who cares about the time - look at you - running 5k! Well done!

  • Hi EL80, inspiring! And well done!

    Your post has convinced me... I am going to sign up for a Park Run in a few weeks once I've graduated.

  • well done. Sounds like you'll be doing quite a few more then....

  • Sounds like you had a good experience and you did really well, glad you enjoyed it :)

  • I registered last week but bottled out this morning! Next Saturday........... :)

  • Just go for it ancient mum The thinking about it and nerves are worse than the actual run I got myself so worked up about it but I was lucky cos wilmacgh kindly agreed to meet me at the end ( she had to wait in horrible weather too ) So I had to turn up . Is there any other c25kers doing your park run - you can check on the result page . A friendly face makes all the difference Only one thing I should warn you about though -- once you've done one you'll probably get hooked so sat mornings will never be the same again

  • 41 minutes sounds speedy to me, only done it the once ( determined to graduate running 5k even if super slow ) and my time was around 50 minutes ( see super slow !! ) No park runs in my area but do love my running

  • Looks like you got the park run bug emmalousie Sorry that's your sat long lie gone for foreseeable! Your post seems to have inspired others to give it a go too

  • Oh well done you! That sounds like you had a super dooper time! Please tell me 41:28 is not slow and that poor chile is actually a baby antelope and therefore has no clue ..... Pounding slap on the back and many congrats from me! Roll on next week :-)

  • Thanks all. The little boy was really cute so couldn't be cross with him!

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