I finally braved the parkrun yesterday and am so glad I did, I've wanted to do it for ages but couldn't seem to work up the courage. The people were lovely and there were all sorts of shapes & sizes there. I'd arranged to meet a friend who is an experienced parkunner there, but agreed she'd run on ahead so I didn't slow her up. She explained that there was a loop in the course but I obviously wasn't listening, because I missed it out! I knew I'd gone wrong as I was being lapped by faster people and there didn't seem to be an alternative route for a loop. As I crossed the finish line I was so disappointed that I hadn't completed the 5k. After 5 minutes dicussion my lovely friend persuaded me to go back and run an extra part of the course so I could say I'd done the whole 5k. I crossed the line last but happy that I'd done 5k for the first time - next week has to be an improvement!
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