After graduating from the C25k last week, my next goal was to complete a park run. I’m happy to say I’m no longer a park run virgin 😀
I started right at the back because I was feeling a bit daunted by the whole experience and was worried I would start running too quickly but soon moved through the crowds and settled into a comfortable pace. The first lap was fine a bit rainy and I had to take my glasses off. The hill from hell was tricky but I didn’t drop my pace as I ran up it.
I was tiring by the time I started up the hill for the second time and I did slow down but the got stuck behind a someone who was going even slower than me so I had to put on an extra burst of speed to get past them. At the top of the hill I started to feel very queasy and thought I might have to stop but I gave myself a really good telling of because the finish line wasn’t too far away.
I was pleased to see the end and my friends that I’d gone with waiting for me. My time has just come through and I ran it in 32.55 which surprised and delighted me.
I promise it was slow and steady. I felt comfortable apart from that last bit and next week I know what to expect.
Thank you Arrow Valley parkrun for being a great first time experience