Ever since I started C25k I have run early mornings (pre-breakfast) and , save for a couple of early runs where my daughter came along, alone.
I like running on my own. It is my time. But many runners wax lyrical about park runs, and I had run out of reasons to say no.
I was nervous about my run, I even posted on here for some tips last night. Thank you to those who responded.
In the end my family came too. My wife and youngest daughter to act a cheerleaders, whilst my 10 year-old and I would be running.
It was amazing to arrive at the park and see just how many brightly dressed runners were there. The Eastbourne park run was an out and back route today, due to some building works to improve the pathway.
A short talk for the 1st timers, there were a good 20 or so of us, and it was off to the start line to join the pack.
The rush of runners was exhilarating. My daughter is a good pacer, and with her by my side I avoided the temptation to fly out too fast and burn-out early on.
At the halfway point the rest of our family met us. My daughter deciding 2.5k was enough left with her sister for the lure of the play-park.
So I ran the return leg alone, well apart from the other 300 or so runners also on my route.
What is great about running like this is how you move through the pack. Sometimes you get overtaken. Other times you are behind others and decide you are feeling good and shuffle past. It's more than running alone, where I am just running to myself.
A nice flat out finish and my first park run is done. I am pleased with my time and, although I won't be able to go every week, I am looking forward to returning soon.
If you are unsure, like I was, give it a go. A park full of like-minded runners is a very pleasant way to spend your morning.