I was psyched up and ready to do my first Park Run today (13th anniversary apparently). My friend had mentioned doing it, so I had put it in my diary and was all set. I texted my friend last night but got no reply, then this morning she text back to say she had had a bad night and wouldn't be going.😕
Before C25K, the old me would have thought "lucky escape, I don't need to bother" but the new me was determined to give it a go. I got there in good time and had a brisk 5 minute walk before the newbies talk and then it was time to run! Three laps of the park. I had Jo on my phone, urging me on over my running songs; for some reason she helps!! At the end of the first lap I was thinking can I manage another two laps?! Before long, somehow I was half way and then just focused on the second half. I would not stop and walk even though at times I felt like it. Before I knew it I was on the final lap and heading for the finish line, I even managed a little sprint!! I am loving the feeling running gives me. Everyone today was so positive and the clapping helps to keep you going. After going through tough times; bereavements of both parents within 6 months of each other, I now feel a sense of wellbeing and fulfilment and know how proud they would both be.
I did it on my own and feel very proud! My time was 31:46 and I was the 62nd female and 12th in my age category of VW50-54!
All this from downloading the C25K app!!
Eternally grateful for what this has done for me! I've got my mojo back!!😊
If anyone else is thinking of giving it a go, don't hesitate, it's not easy but so worth it!