I have just signed up for my 1st Parkrun

...and I am already feeling nervous about it!

I know from my past few runs that I am easilt capable of running 5k, so what is that all about?!

Hopefully my pacing issues will not manifest themselves again and cause me to try a 5k sprint (AKA a 2k + 2k + 1k fail)!

I had the choice of either Ipswich or Bury St Edmunds, but decided to go to Ipswich as I have never been to Chantry Park before.

Wish me luck!


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  • Ooooh well done MrM. Look forward to hearing how your first Parkrun goes cos am tempted but not yet brave enough.

  • I know exactly what you mean!

    I was inspired to sign up by one of aussiegtc's posts which I was just reading and thought the ParkRun may be a gentle way of getting used to other events. I think (hope) there will be a bit less pressure than on a full-on charity event type of run.

  • Good look and look forward to reading a ful run report. You will do great and listen out for us cheering you on!

  • Will do!

  • Good luck wishes M1; are you going tomorrow?

  • Hopefully, or at least that is the intention.

    When I got up this morning I had a banging headache, so if that happens again tomorrow then I may have to pass, but otherwise I will be there in the morning!

  • Sorry to hear that & hoping you don' t have another headache tomorrow - hydrating well today may help, :)

  • Oh Maysie , this is on my to do list , I have bought the bar codes , good luck and please let us know how you go on , plenty of water today to shift that headache , mind xxx

  • I think you are probably right!

    I went for a quick 'Stepping Stones' run last night and then drank a couple of pints of water afterwards, but it was so hot here last night I think I am still dehydrated.

    I will keep you posted.

  • I'm volunteering at my first Parkrun tomorrow - I've only run for 5K once so far, so I'm not attempting to run yet, until I know I'm not going to collapse and die after 40 minutes!

  • Good work!

    That's a great effort if you have never run in a ParkRun before, so well done you.

  • I was nervous before my first one but it is the best thing for me! I love it :-D Just go and enjoy yourself, it is great fun. Its easy to get carried away at the start with all the fast ones so unless you are one of them just pace yourself a bit at the start. I can't wait to go each week, I hope you find it the same x :-)

  • Hi Maysie, ooh Chantry Park, Ipswich. That takes me back to my teenage years. Not thought about Chantry Park for 25 years....

    Wishing you all the best for your first Park Run (tomorrow, hopefully). There will be a really wide range of runners at the PR - from 15 minute sprinters to 60 minute joggers. See if they have anyone pacing tomorrow and try and run with folks who have a similar pace to yours. That will help you to get a good rhythm going and not tire yourself out too early by running fast (this is a mistake I have made on each of my PRs).

    It is lovely being in amongst all those other runners of all abilities, and very friendly.

  • Great stuff :) I really need to get myself down to my local PR soon. I've registered but not got round to running it ;) Good luck :)

  • Go for it Paul! What you waiting for? x ;-)

  • I know :) I've been waiting for my daughters to get themselves sorted as they want to come along, too :)

  • Park runs are always really friendly and lot of people will do a walk run or 1 chap at the lister park run in Bradford walks it, enjoy

  • Good luck for your first Parkrun! I'm sure you'll be fine; remember to tell us all about it after! :-)

  • Parkrun is the best...I get excited every week ( I lead a sheltered life!!)...enjoy it and let us know how you got on :)

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