Hello lovely runners. Plucked up the courage to sign up for my local parkrun as my first run since completing wk9r3 last week. This is a scenic double lap around the lakes (disused gravel pits) of the country park nearby and a largely flat, although uneven, surface. Saturday dawned as a beautiful, though freezing, morning so I had no excuse to back out. I was more nervous than I'd expected and felt rather intimidated by all the running club members wearing their 'Harriers', etc., shirts and the fact that they all seemed to know each other in their various groups. What was I doing here? However, volunteers were lovely and very encouraging when, in the briefing for 'first timers', I said I'd just completed C25K. I held back at the start as I didn't want to get in the way of the fast runners or set off at a pace that I wouldn't be able to keep up. At the half-way mark at the end of the first lap the volunteers were shouting encouragements, which was kind and unexpectedly nice. This was my first run without the podcast and and it seemed to be over sooner than the wk9 runs without JW's voice in my ear to tell me how long I'd been running for. I had absolutely no idea of my time, so was happy with my result - I came 89th out of 115, with a time of 33.54 mins, and actually enjoyed the experience. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to run a sub-30 mins 5k, but I plan to repeat wk9 a couple of times during the week and then parkrun on Saturdays, as my target going forward. Happy running everyone!