Today I ventured into the brave new world of Parkrun and I have to say what a wonderful bunch of people they are!!
I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to fit one in but with copious amounts of Open Days, which all fall on Saturdays, it hadn’t happened as of yet.
So this week I purposely set out my runs to coincide with the Parkrun today and it paid off!!
I woke up at 8am, dressed in the gear, had a cup of tea, seriously can’t function without tea in the morning, ate a weetabix, set my music up, poised MapMyRun to go and walked to the park.
I am extremely lucky to have a Parkrun on my doorstep, I mean it’s an 8 minute walk to the park, which I used as the warm up walk.
I arrived at 8:50am, a little apprehensive about being a newbie but I didn’t need to worry at all. The volunteers pointed me in the right direction, towards a guy named Mike, who did the welcome talk for us newbies and tourists. There were people from Hull, Guernsey and then there was little old me.
Welcome talk done and off I went. I went running at my first Parkrun, my first official event, my first timed event, my first ‘other runners are running along side me’ event!!
1st lap round the park and I felt good. I was overtaken by a man who must’ve had a rocket 🚀 up his bum as he seemed to be flying but I didn’t let it bother me, I just carried on running at my own comfortable pace, moving over to let other runners pass me and enjoying running as part of a group.
2nd lap came and went without major incident, although I thought I was going to loose a shoe at one point, apparently heavy rain creates shoe sucking mud puddles and I thought this is it, I’m losing my shoe and will have to finish the run in only 1 shoe but thankfully it stayed on my foot!!
Home straight in sight and I felt ecstatic, I kicked a little harder, crossed the finish line, collected my place fob and went to register my time with the volunteers. Then after catching my breath, had a good chat with some other runners and headed off home 🏠
A warm bath followed by more tea made me feel good but then came the congratulations email from Parkrun with my timings and I was ecstatic!!
My first Parkrun resulted in a time of 36min 18secs. I was 271st out of 334 runners and was the 117th female across the line!! I even gave myself a little victory dance round the kitchen!!
To each and every one of you on this forum, thank you, thank you and thank you again as without your support, I would not have been able to get this far in my running journey 🏃🏻♀️
Have a wonderful weekend and happy running folks 🏃🏻♀️💕🏃🏼