Yaaay! 1st park run and 1st 5k done!

Well I argued with myself this morning over whether I should attempt a park run or not. I really wanted to but was a bit scared in case I couldn't do it! I just graduated last week and the furthest I have run so far is just over 4K. Also the weather was looking dreadful! Anyway I headed over to my local park run at Pollok Park and there were lots of friendly people there. Also another few first timers. It was hard going as there were a few hilly bits which I'm not used to - I have been sticking to a flat route up til now. The route is 2 laps of the park and the first lap was actually the worst! I kept thinking 'I can't do this, I'll never make it!' But...... I did! The second lap seemed more manageable apart from the hills! I finally reached the finish line 304th out of 318. My time was 38.05 so I was fairly pleased with that as I was aiming for under 40 min. I had a great time despite the struggle and will definitely be back. Thanks to all the great runners and volunteers who were all very encouraging. There was also a table at the finish with coffee and home baking! Fantastic people!!

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  • well done for not talking yourself out of it, I have never done a park run yet but I am making that my goal for January.

  • Thanks. It was great- you should do it!

  • Good on you Lorna! Well done indeed :)

  • Thanks John! I'm pleased I did it๐Ÿ˜†

  • Well done on your first pr, great time too! I count upwards till halfway, then downwards, ie I have 2k left, I have 1.5k left etc. It got me through a very tough one this morning so works for me.

    It sounds like you are already hooked, enjoy!

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  • Thanks jacs! It was a great morning!

  • Just fantastic ! You never know what you can do until you try. Well done.

  • Thanks! You're right- I never thought I would do it!

  • Well done Lorna

  • Thanks!

  • Wow, that is amazing, very well done! Once you have found the right pace, you can keep going longer. I did my first parkrun as a graduation run, I was terrified! Even had nightmares about it: (1) forgot my barcode (2) turned up late (3) chased by a dog!! It went ok but was a real challenge and my time was 43 minutes (a mixture of fear plus peer pressure pushed me)!

  • Haha! Mine wasn't quite so eventful! Happy I've done it though. Thanks x

  • Well done you. What a fantastic effort. I believe Poฤบlok is a tough old course so all cudos to you indeed.

  • Thanks! I'm happy I've got the 1st one done. I won't be so nervous next time!

  • Well done! Great run.

  • Thanks! Very pleased.

  • Sounds like a fantastic run, I especially liked the idea of home baked cakes at the end. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  • Yes it was lovely! Coffee was very welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • What a great first park run and great time too :)

  • Thanks! It was great!

  • Brilliant Lorna, you'll never forget your first 5k :)

  • Thanks! I hope there will be many more!

  • Great stuff Lorna , excellent effort , Well done you ! :-) xxx

  • Thanks! It was great! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Well done ! you must be a good talker ! Now no talking just slap on your cheesy grin and since you've been good and done your park run Santa might visit you tonight !

    Have a good Christmas.

  • Thanks!!

  • Amazing stuff, well done. Looking forward to many more race reports from you.

  • Thanks so much! I hope there will be many more.

  • Hurrah! That is brilliant!!!!! I am mentally preparing to do my first one in January. Also quite a hilly park but will give it a go.

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  • Thank you! And go for it- I didn't think I would do it! Happy Xmas!

  • How fantastic. You have to push yourself to see how much you can actually do. I bet you're so glad you didn't talk yourself out of doing it. My goal is to do a park run - I've a few weeks to go to graduate but getting there. So pleased to hear your positive feedback about it & can't wait to do one. Well done xx

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