So a month after graduating I've just done my first park run. Now I'm slow, really slow, and never got anywhere near 5k in 30 mins. Since graduating I've had a week off with illness and another three weeks of running for 30 mins, 3 times a week and doing about 3.6k. So I wasn't sure I'd be able to do 5k. Certainly don't generally feel there is much left in the tank!
I told myself I could walk if I needed to. I told myself just turning up was ok at 64! The first couple of minutes were dreadful. Runners streamed past me. I asked myself what on earth I was doing there. I felt a total idiot. The next five minutes weren't much better. There was a long grassy hill which I really struggled with but I did manage to keep running, so slowly that walking people passed me. Then it got better. Other people disappeared (this is a benefit of going slow) and it was just me and my breath and my legs. I decided I would run all of the first circuit and maybe walk some of the second. There were people walking so I wasn't at the very back, just nearly! On the second circuit I knew where the hills were and decided I would try to run the first, again slowly, slowly, following the advice on this forum to take small steps.
By the time I got to the second hill on the second circuit I knew there was not long to go. I looked at it. I thought how much I would like to run the full 5k. I decided I'd keep running while I counted to a hundred in my head and by the time I got there it was nearly at the top so I kept going.
And I did it! I ran 5k! It took me 46 minutes and I was 128th out of 136 but I did it. I was second in my age group too, proving that hardly anyone else my age was out there I think, but I did it. I can hardly believe it.