That's it! I've done it - I've completed wk9r3, by doing my first ever parkrun!
I very nearly didn't go, I didn't want to be last! I might have only started running, but my competitive gene is still very strong!! So I had to force myself and decide it didn't matter if I was slow, I would finish it.
I saw a guy & his son that I knew, when it was about to start they said they would move to the front, I knew my place was at the back of the 356 runners.
Having never run with people before, it was a weird experience - my word but people have interesting running styles! At the beginning I had to keep ducking my head to avoid a certain man's elbows, I soon decided I liked my eyes too much to stay there, so a wee overtake & thankfully never saw him again.
When they describe our parkrun as undulating, they're not kidding! Up & down & round & up & down again!
The marshalls on the route were so fantastic - the wee fella saying "keep going, you can do it, you're nearly there" was a tonic. They clapped & encouraged & supported & cheered & just gave you the boost at just the right time! I was so grateful to them.
At one point I just wanted to go straight on & come home, but I turned left with everyone else. The thick mass had thinned down to 2 or 3 astride, and was now more of a long chain snaking its way around the course. Runners to the front of me, runners to the back of me, runners to the side of me & I was a part of it!
I checked my watch & when it said 10:00, I cheered into myself, I'd just completed my C25K! And from then on, up that last long hill, I just kept saying "you can do this, you've done it before - just keep putting put one foot in front of the other - no you will not walk!!!"
200 meters to the finish line - wow! Already! Thankfully it was downhill into the funnel & the cheers of "well done" was music to my ears. Token in hand & round to the scanner.
Just ahead of me were the guy & his son - so maybe I'd done better than I expected?
I wasn't last!!!!!!!
My previous two runs this week were 35/36 mins for the 5k, so I was aiming for 35mins
Just got my time in and I'm thrilled to bits 30m25s!!!!!
We obviously didn't start bang on 9:30, so my C25K celebration was a tad premature!