Just did my first Parkrun and really enjoyed it.
I really recommend this to any graduate. The volunteers are SO nice. There’s a great community spirit.
A few tips based on what I learned:
1. Try to get a piece of ‘space’ around you. There’s a lot of jostling around in the crowd, especially at the start, and it can feel like a traffic jam if you are used to running alone.
2. Don’t forget all your training. Just run your usual run. Which means...
3. Don’t go too fast. I was swept up in the adrenaline of the event and ended up going too quickly for the first half. I really paid for that in the second half.
4. Enjoy it. It’s a glorious event. Just be part of the experience and feel good about the run. Forget about getting a good time and don’t see it as a race.