Well well well, completed my first park run!

Well well well, completed my first park run!

After much deliberation and a few slammed doors, i was dragged kicking and screaming to my neighbours car and ferried to the southampton parkrun!

As some of you know, i recently found out that my nextdoor neighbours happen to be multi-marathon runners and they invited me to run my first parkrun with them and their friends today.

I woke up and bottled it. I went straight next door and told them there was no way i could do it, go without me etc etc.. cut a long story short- they wouldnt take no for an answer and i am soo glad they didnt! The pretty much bundled me into the car and off we went.

On arrival i was shocked at the sheer number of runners! Apparently Southampton parkrun is one of the busiest in the country!

I started off really slowly, being taken over by everyone haha, bringing it up the rear as I had initially imagined i would be! Its a little hillier than i am used to so thought it best to take it really slowly, and get used to running with other people rather than worry about timings today.

Well, after about 2.5k i could see that people around me were beginning to become out of breath, starting to slow down, but i felt fine! So i gradually begin to overtake people! When my garmin bleeped at 4k i thought right, thats it.. im sure everyone hated me but i decided to sprint the last km! Im not sure what position i came in yet, but did manage to get a PB and i am sooo happy i went!!!!!

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  • Well done! I did the Oxford Parkrun today and did a PB too, but not as good as yours! That's a fantastic time!

  • Crumbs!! That's a brilliant time, very well done :)

  • Wow, super speedy! Well done!

  • Really well done.

    474 finishers at your parkrun today!

  • Wow go you :-) Amazing

  • Fab time :) I suspect you may now get hooked on Parkrun!!!

  • Brilliant time Op, especially for your first parkrun! You must have been flying. :-)

  • Wow that is a fab Time!! Well done toi ans what amazone neige ours!!

  • Haha juicy do you have a french spellchecker on your phone!!! Best best besssst of luck in your marathon!!!!

  • That's a great time ! See, there was nothing to be scared of was there ? Park run is for everyone ! The only thing is now you've got a time to beat for next week.....

  • Fantastic result - well worth getting out of bed and overcoming your anxiety

  • Parkrun is wonderful and you have a great time there, It'll be even better if you can do a flat 5k. But I got a PB too 29:39 a full minute off my previous best and first time outside under 30 minutes :)

  • Oooo the stats are in! I was 303rd (loool) out of 474 runners, 78th female and 10th in my age range of 20-24!!! (Im 24).

  • Crikey that's an amazing time!! You really are a proper runner now :) well done for getting out there, even if you were kidnapped :)

  • Ooooh well done, did my first parkrun today too in Abingdon, so know how you're feeling!

  • What an ace time for your first, I also had a PB but over 2 mins slower than yours, well done and keep going!

  • 28 minutes ! Only in my dreams at the moment WELL DONE YOU.

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