Whilst visiting family in Brum, I felt the need to run and on a sunny Saturday morning in the park close to where I was staying I did just that. I started off and found that there were these bright green signs laying out some kind of route. How cool, I don't even have to think about which way to run. So I followed them and found a gathering of athletic looking people. I carried on and even found distance markers even better I could get an idea of timings.
So imagine my surprise (bearing in mind I am a relative beginner and not a very quick runner at the moment) when about 100 runners came running past me at top speed and people at particular way points began cheering me on. So this must be one of those parkruns they are talking about!
I followed along at my not very quick pace and enjoyed running with other people. I also found after finishing my individual run that I had broken three out of my four records....fastest 5 K fastest 1k and fasted mile. The only record I didn't break was the longest distance and that was because I only wanted to do 5k. I'm sure I could have broken that if I wanted to.
I now realize how good other people are at running they seemed to eat up the distance without any effort at all. It also brought out the best in me. So perhaps I should enter one for real!?