As juniors school is near Ormeau Park and it's parkrun is well mapped I decided to stop hiding on my back roads and head out into public for week 8 run 1. Probably because I was out of my comfort zone and the fact that there were people about I found the first km really really hard and slow even though the parkrun is much flatter than my usual run. I gave myself a rather stern talking too (silently due to the whole public place thing) and settled into it. 4.3km in the 28 minutes and I finished the 5k and the walk back to the car before the podcast had finished. So although my pace was slower than normal I am feeling rather pleased with myself. I did feel stiff after the 20 min drive home. Usually I come in and am pottering about the house, shower etc and have never felt like that before. Went for a dander up the fields and have thankfully loosened up again. Oh & my shiny new Garmin gave me a lovely New Record medal for my longest run which was a lovely surprise lol.