Well, were do I start? Last night I received an email I thought was spam or a wind up, it was from parkrun HQ informing me I had been selected as the winner of this month's prize a brand new pair of running shoes of my choice from sweatshop, who sponsor parkrun. This is not an advert, but I went along to my local sweatshop and the service was fantastic to say the least, I have often been a cynic of gait analysis, especially since 95% of my running is on moors and my local parkrun is more a fell run than a parkrun, but I got more analysis done on my feet and running posture than i thought possible. I even got my own tailor made inserts, to be fitted in my other 8 pairs of running shows. Parkrun is an important part of my life these days and when not running I volunteer once a month at least. Since completing C25K, I have enjoyed the challenges running as presented and competed in one other event as well as parkrun, finishing 24th in a time of 23m42 seconds, although it was 300meters short of a full 5k. I have uploaded the now mandatory picture of my shoes along with a new toy a Garmin 225, I couldn't help myself. Running as brought me a new hobby and interest and renewed mojo, I see posts on here saying "when does it get easy" well, I have never gone out and found it easy yet, but always rewarding when I have done it, perhaps because with me, I cant help but go out and try to go faster, even though its not about speed, somehow to me it is, I guess I'm trying to fight against getting older. But for many out there, do remember its about doing something healthy. As I have got older I have realised the importance of getting in better shape and eating better and running as focused me on this, of course it also means I can enjoy a bit of chocolate and a few pints of Guinness at weekends. Some people say, what next when they have finished C25K, well I can recommend parkrun without reservation, on a recent TV documentary last week featuring a favorite presenter of mine Dr Michael Mosley, he was asked by many people in Newcastle, how can I avoid dementia, a top UK doctor advised social interaction, parkrun also does this. I have met many new interesting people since doing it, with a shared interest and made many new friends. I would recommend anyone wanting to enjoy running after C25K to go to their local park run.
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