I live in Southsea, which has one of the easiest Parkruns going, so long as it's not windy - 2.5k East along the flat seafront promenade then turn round and come back. Some 270 or so people do it every Saturday, and I live 5 minutes walk from the start line. I sometimes run part of the course. I have not summoned up the nerve to do it yet, so you can probably guess why I am writing this post.
I graduated at the beginning of March at which point I could run 3.5k in 30 mins (58 year old female with short legs). I told myself I wanted to be confident in being able to run the Parkrun in 40 minutes before I did it, so I wouldn't be holding the organisers up / embarrassing myself. I've not yet run 5k and have not moved my speed up a lot yet. Last Friday I managed 4.2k in 37 minutes and felt I could have gone further. On Monday I attempted to run consistently at more than 7.5k per hour (the speed needed to finish in 40 minutes) and found I was blowing up after about 25 minutes. Yesterday's run was a complete disaster with legs made of lead, done in too much heat and aborted after 15 minutes.
I think being in Kuala Lumpur for 3 weeks set me back a bit as I struggled to find the time to do anything beyond jogging on the treadmill. Since getting back I have been able to reestablish my weekly routine of 2 swims, 2 Aqua classes, a weights session and quite a lot of steady walking, on top of running 3 times a week. I often I feel as if my legs are empty with no ability to accelerate, plus I struggle with stiffness in the 24 hours or so after running.
Long post but net net, wondering if I should try the Parkrun this Saturday.
I am also wondering if I would benefit from changing my routine to build in some rest days - I am not running every day, but there has hardly been a day since I got back from KL when I haven't been doing something strenuous.
Any views and thoughts appreciated, especially if you have experienced similar issues in stepping up.