I confess I've been lurking for a while now, everyone's words of wisdom and encouragement are a constant source of support to me, as a newbie 'runner'. I must also confess to flunking out of C25K, and (rightly or wrongly) making my own way to the magic 5k. I've only been 'running' since the beginning of February and yes I suppose I have done well to get to the magic 5k (I've managed it 3 times now) I'm around the 36-38 minute mark but boy is it hard. Parkrun has been my goal since day one and today I braved the route on my own, just to see how it felt, how long it took etc etc etc. Well yes I did it (36 ish minutes) but my lord, every step was an effort, it was windy, it was hot, I wore too many clothes, there were too many people, my car keys were jangling in my spi-belt, and I didn't take my earphones so I could hear my breathlessness in all its glory. I so want to do Parkrun on Saturday (I drive my son there every week!) but I confess my experience today has left me feeling a little deflated, and I'm also freaking out about all those bodies around me - usually around 300 attendees!!! Any of your wonderful words of wisdom would be gratefully received about now.