Well, I can't believe I actually managed to get myself down to my first Park Run this morning, for my second run since graduating. I had mentioned it to Mr Razouski yesterday, and he was full of encouragement: limiting my alcohol intake yesterday evening (although drinking my share himself seemed a little unnecessary) and sending me to bed at a reasonable time. This morning I was awoken with a cup of tea and my running gear warming on the radiator.
He chauffeured met the park, and I was so grateful to have him there for moral support as I found I was really anxious about running with so many other people.
I wasn't sure what to do about warming up, so did my warm up exercises in the car park and then walked timidly over to where it was all taking place. We newbies were eventually herded together for our briefing, then we had the main briefing and it was time to line up at the start. My heart was pounding and my mouth went dry (why oh why was I so nervous) and I was wondering if I'd even be able to start, never mind finish. So I put Laura on to keep me company and got as ready as I could be.
And then we were off, and I was surrounded by runners, but once I got into my stride it didn't seem so bad, and I soon settled into a rhythm.
It was a three and a half lap course round the park and Mr R was great, as he walked to different vantage points to spur me on. After the first lap I was getting overheated, but was able to fling my jacket at Mr R as I ran past him (and I though of Irish John, and his request for Santa to give him someone to run alongside with a change of wardrobe )
It's weird running with so many people running past, butI was determined to get to the end still running.
I haven't had my official time through yet, but Map My Run said that I did it in 27 minutes 53 seconds. I'm not sure if I believe it but Mr R assured me that I had kept a good pace, and that I'd probably gone a little faster than my usual runs because of all the runners around me. He was dead proud, and it was lovely having him there as my official groupie.
Looking forward to the next one.
Just had my official results: time 27:52, 71 out 157 runners, 14th female and 1st woman in my age group. Go me... go me...
I'm now leaping round the house like a mad woman.