As promised... I did my first Parkrun this morning in Taunton. Here's a few notes...
Location: Taunton Longrun Meadow with 273 runners... all shapes and sizes... perfect weather.
Course: Perfect!! Almost totally flat with lots of local parking... coffee van for post run refreshments. As this course is next to my office I have run it a number of times before.
Organisation: Very good and all the volunteers were very friendly. When I arrived I spoke to an official looking guy with a clipboard and told him I was a newbie, he told me there would be group announcement and then another one for newbies to Parkrun and the course. This was informative with useful local and safety information, we were also instructed what to do with our barcodes.
My Performance: Absolutely pants!! Not sure why, but slowest time for a while, breathing was awful, legs were really hurting virtually all the way around. My position was 265th out on 273 and I was the last but one male. My time was 40:29.. although I am not a fast runner, have done better on previous runs this week. I really dont know why this was, I got up early and had breakfast (porridge) I parked at my office which then gave me a nice walk/slow jog to the start to warm up. I never run in the morning.. perhaps my body doesn't like it? My last run was on Wed, so thought I had given my body a rest.
Future Parkruns: Will I do Parkrun again... most probably. Will I do it next week... probably not. Feeling so knackered did make me feel a bit despondent after having a couple of good 5k's in the week, but this should take nothing away from the event. Perhaps I just need to keep getting out there and maybe try some more morning runs. Only one negative... teenage kid shouting at me to get out the way.. was not conscious that I was in his way... hey ho... kids eh!!
Will be out running again on Monday on my own Think I will try the same course after work to see how I get on evening running.
Hope everyone has good runs this weekend... weather looks good