So today I did my first park run...
Was so nervous... My legs like jelly and my heart rate was already through the roof before I started... my garmin certainly recorded it at the highest it’s been since the start of the C25K!!
Gosh it was tough. Fortunately the course was pretty much flat... but it was sooooo muddy - what a challenge. The picture was taken when I arrived home after wiping excess mud off!! They did warn the first timers of this. I had to walk a few times due to burning calfs! Probably a combination of sliding round in the mud and the fact I chose not to warm up... I was just feeling feeling too awkward and self conscious... no one else seemed to be doing any warm up/stretches apart from a few running the course already as a warm up!!! 😱 I think next time I’ll perhaps do some stretches and warm up before arriving!
It wasn’t as bad as I had imagined and worked up in my head... I wasn’t at the back which was an absolute relief... I did feel a little deflated at points with people overtaking, especially when wanting to give up... a new experience which took some extra determination to keep going.
Overall what a great experience. My time was actually better than expected - I know it’s not great and pants in comparison to age category... but another great achievement for me, just to get there!
It was nice having the encouragement from all the volunteers around the course. I really enjoyed the challenge. Was a little strange running with other people around - not sure I liked this part too much. But sure it’s something you get used to!
I can’t say I loved every minute, but certainly enjoyed the overall experience and I’m keen to go again which is a positive! Hopefully the more I go the less anxiety I’ll feel 😬
One question... when do these 5kms start to feel easier!??!