I went to a local Park Run, met a friend, went for a walk for 5 mins then set Strava and Runkeeper and off we went. Loads of people and we're all jostling for space. I found it difficult to find my pace in the crowd, but we all soon spread out.
Because I've got used to the fact I can do this I'd forgotten it is difficult!!
Because I was running with a friend I didn't concentrate on my breathing. I've also accidentally thrown my earphones out with my old cut off jeans 😐, so I wore my watch and stuck my phone on silent.
Well, Drill Sargent from Runkeeper doesn't know the meaning of silent and every 5 mins shouted out from my back pocket time, distance, pace et much to the bemusement of everyone around me!
My friend sped off in to the distance, (we'd arranged to meet again at the finish line) and at the end of the first lap the frontrunners started lapping me. I ran for 30 mins according to Drill Sargent and decided to do a couple more as I'm sure Runkeeers minutes are shorter than Strava's. Then I was near the end so I decided to see if I could run the whole thing...and I DID!!!!!!!!
I HAVE RUN FOR 5K! (Did everyone hear that?)
My time was
Park Run: 38:06 (took me longer to run it than to run/walk last week, but it is a different park)
And my friend was there to cheer me over the finish line.
I'm happy with any of those times 😁