When I was a few weeks into the c25k by goal always was to do a parkrun. I am lucky that there is one not too far away at the Walsall Arboretum and it seemed like a nice course as it is through the park and flat.
I had sorted out childcare as hubby had to go to work and got all my stuff ready last night. I then proceeded to have the worst nights sleep I have had in ages. I was still awake at 4am! I ate toast and had tea and tried to sleep again and I did manage to drop off until my alarm went at 7.07 :/
I got up and had some porridge - it seemed the right thing to do and I had a coffee. I drink water when I run so I figured I should be ok in terms of hydration. I drove to the Grange Car Park and walked down. I got a bit confused as to where the start was but followed a few other people and went and harassed a lovely lady who told me I was in the right place. Firstly I was blown away by the wide range of people and children there. It was heartwarming, it was friendly and a really lovely atmosphere. A man stood on a bench and all the first time park runners got a clap (I welled up a bit - I am so sad) and then first timers to Walsall (so really I got two claps). Tshirts were given out and a man got runner of the month! Then we went and bunched up. I think I stood too far near the front as I started the run grappling with my stupid phone....grggh. Before I knew it I had done a km and in my fastest time ever of just over 6 minutes. I started to panic a little bit then cos I knew I could not keep that going. I therefore decided to slow down. I must admit I found it very hard to have sooooo many people passing me. I also found it disheartening to have people who looked like they were running really quite slowly pass me. At one point a woman passed me and then started to walk. It was at this point I ended up in a bit of a battle with myself. My right leg was hurting on the shin and on the hip. I do get pain in my right hip ( I think it is to do with flexibility ) but it is normally in the last KM and I was only on three KM. So with that and the lady walking I started walking. However it was only briefly and after a few minutes I picked the pace back up. Walking lady - very fast walking lady was way ahead by now and I was now very much on my own and I settled finally into my usual pace and from then on it was great. The volunteers were cheering and shouting well done and I did a massive sprint to the finish to get a pb of 38 minutes according to my phone!!!! So I really enjoyed it and feel a real sense of achievement but I was much more effected by other people running around me that I thought I would be and enjoyed the third lap on my own as I was much more on my own. It was great though and I will definitely be doing another!