So, cold, nervous but determined I set off to lovely Blickling For first ever park run. Thank goodness the sun was so low I couldn’t see where I was going, you’d never guess from this picture but there were hills honest! I was so nervous I felt ill for the first 5 mins. Then I gave myself a good talking to, it’s not a race, you’ve done this on your own, dad would be very proud etc etc etc
Beautiful route, which I ran mostly on my own since the gazelles leapt off at breakneck speed. I didn’t stop running the whole way round but so so so slowly that sometimes I’m sure I was just running on the spot. The lovey lovely volunteers were so encouraging that I kept on till the end. Wow I’ve done it! I came second in my woman’s age group category - of course there were only two of us and she did it at twice my speed but what the heck.
I have an incentive to try to be a bit faster since the penalty for being one of the last to finish is that you are last in the cafe coffee queue too. Still a rather nice woman who had also finished her first run bought my coffee so impressed was she that at several years her senior I had completed it all on my own .
Here’s to life after c to 5k.......