Park Run promise

I just registered on the park run website. I am not ready for it at all but I have printed out my barcodes and I am going to carry one with me every time I go for a run to encourage me on.

I am currently on week 7 Run 3 finding 25 minutes very tough. Pacing is an issue but mentally I am not always as positive as I could be i.e. I start out on my run thinking I will not be able to do it.

I had a terrible run this morning. I stopped after ten minutes and was walking when I saw a family member out running towards me on the path. We said a quick hello and she asked if I was out for a walk as she doesnt know I am running. I said yes, but it has made me feel rubbish all morning. Since then I have given myself a good talking to and this is why I just registered for the Park Run, I am setting myself a goal and I am not going to stop until I reach that goal. Graduation still seems an impossible dream at this point, but I am not giving up and I am promising myself I will do a Park Run one day.

Sorry for venting but I feel a bit better now I have written this post!!!


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9 Replies

  • Keep going... you'll get there and don't leave it too long to do your first parkrun. It's great!

  • Parkrun is the best thing since unsliced wholemeal bread and it is for runners and walkers, so don't put it off for too long.

    If you are know what I am going to say.........slow down.

  • You're doing brilliantly, you have a great attitude and you should be so proud of what you've done so far. Running is hard. It's much easier to just sit on a sofa and think about getting out there rather than actually making the effort to try it. You made the decision to start and you're now able to run for 25 minutes! How fab is that? I look forward to reading your graduation post 😊

  • Never under estimate the power of positive thinking. Set your stall out to succeed and you'll crack it. Better believe it !

  • I registered ages ago for Parkrun on the recommendation of a friend who is a serious runner. Lots of people say that Parkrun is incredibly supportive and no doubt plenty of people on here will be able to share their experiences. You don't need to be running 5k to do the Parkrun, you can go anytime. I have been planning to give it a go for a few months and will use it as my longer run through the winter - at least that's the idea.

    Is anyone doing the Mo-run? I'm signed up to do one in Novemver - not sure I know what I've let myself in for.

  • Hey - just keep plugging away at the 25 minutes and you will get stronger. As for graduating, of course you will - you're only 5 minutes off now.

    You will be doing that parkrun very soon I promise!

    And don't be shy - tell others about your running! I'm sure they will be very encouraging.

  • Just do the parkrun ! As I regular volunteer tail runner I can tell you hand on heart that it REALLY doesn't matter how long it takes you to get round. You can walk when necessary, it's fine. What matters is getting out and giving it a go. (This week's time 54.56 for reference)

  • But you still ran for longer than before you started C25K. Don't be too hard on yourself. Someone advised me to just get on and do parkrun even though I know I won't be able to run it all by a long shot. They pointed out that it's a good record of how you have progressed. Just plucking up courage now to have a go. Happy running 🏃👟

  • Like henpen90 I tail run at my local Parkrun once or twice a month and the finish times vary from 48' to 1 hour +. Come along as it is a supportive community.

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