Having completed the first part of the challenge, which was to run, I decided it was time to run an actual 5k. So on Saturday I did my first Parkrun. I was freezing cold. I'd checked out the route which was 3 laps of the playing field, I had my barcode ready and I was warmed up ready to run. Mind you the frost underfoot meant that you had keep moving anyway to stay above frozen to the spot.
The tips on the Parkrun website were invaluable. I decided to start at the back. There were runners/walkers at the back too so I was in good company. As everyone bolted off at 9am and I pressed play on the stamina podcast run and keep to the programme.
I was slow and steady at the back of the pack but I was running. At one point I was running at the same speed as the walkers (!). Three laps later and after being lapped by everyone I sprinted (ok ran a little faster, it was probably all in my head) to the finish and clocked a time of 44 minutes and 27 seconds.
Even the walkers/runners were faster than me. I didn't mind. I have run 5k. Me. I have run 5k.
As I ran round the marshals were very encouraging. As I was lapped the runners were also giving words of encouragement. What a wonderful place to run and be encouraged.
There are loads of runs in my area. My new challenge to myself is to run them all at least once.
The C25K not only prepared me for this run but has given me a buzz for running and improved my fitness.
Thank you everyone for the support, encouragement, advice and for sharing your stories.