First Park Run

First Park Run

This morning, one week after graduating I ran my first Park Run. It was a bit early for me on a Saturday morning. I usually just sit in bed and watch cooking programmes. I got up early enough to have a cup of tea and a Digestive biscuit. My Uncle who runs marathons said he would come with me and so I picked him up and we made our way to Brueton Park. I'm not used to running with anyone at all so when I saw so many other people it was a bit scary! My brother popped up out of nowhere to support me which was a nice surprise. Once we'd started it was fine although it took me until about three quarters of the way through to fully believe I was going to finish despite it being my 4th 5K! Must keep the faith. I was very pleased when I had done it. My shady ankle behaved until afterwards when it was very stiff but I'm going to just keep it elevated after each run and hope it strengthens. At lunch time the results were put on the website and I was pleased I had actually beat my personal best by 3 mins 26 seconds. I'm glad I did it. Next step is to start the Bridge to 10K on Monday.

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  • Well done! Congrat on your PB. Sounds like fun.

  • Well done, glad you had a good time. Just looked at the results, that was a respectable time and a long way from being last! Maybe see you there one Saturday - couldn't make it today :(

  • Thank you! I know it wouldn't have mattered if I'd been last but still, I'm pleased I wasn't and I'm still just competing against myself really. I was glad of PB too. Yes, let me know when you are going too. I may go next week but I'll see how the ankle goes this week.

  • Very well done !

  • Well done :)

  • well done, I don't have any parkruns near me and I am a bit wary of running with other people, not sure why, congrats on a PB!

  • Yes I was too but once you start running you get in your own zone anyway just like when you're on your own. It was nice to be part of it too. Go for it!

  • Well done! I'm still to sum up enough courage to do my first one :)

  • Just do it! I nearly used my ankle as an excuse to cop out but I knew as with any runs that I would feel better for doing it than not. Also just like that first run outside in public it was just another 'step' to take. Everyone was really supportive too.

  • Well done!!! :)

  • Good time too!

    Well done, good fun isn't it ?

  • Yes I felt great afterwards. Just really want to get to 5k in 30 mins but I blame my little legs ; )

  • Brilliant, well done you, can't wait for my turn

  • glad to hear it wasnt as scary as you had aniticipated. may it be the first of many :)

  • Fantastic :)

  • Well done :-)

  • Well done on your first park run :)

  • wow, wonderful. I'm just starting my running with c25k and it is so inspiring to read these stories. I feel like it could never be me, but I'm sure it will be! on to b210k :-)

  • Well done it is a bit daunting at first but great that you can still have a bit of routine with a regular Saturday run after graduation

  • That's brilliant Stacey :-) I'm still faffing about when to do my first. I know I can do the distance; it's the hill in the middle of our course (Leamington Spa) which is putting me off. I've got OU tutorials this Saturday and next so I reckon I'm definitely going to attempt it May 26th which is a date a few others on here had said they were going to do it. We should have a collective parkrun debrief!

  • really well done, i am waiting til i graduate before i attempt a park run but thats not far off now so it may also be me out there in may 26th too, any other newbies doing the one on York race course??

  • Fab! Well done!

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