First time at parkrun today, went to Camperdown. There is a long hill in the middle and another "shorter" one to the finish line (who decided an uphill finish was a good idea??) . Pretty tough going, the volunteers at the start told us that the hills add about 90 seconds onto a normal undulating 5k course (surely thats 90 seconds onto good runners times??). Anyway set off near the back and overtook a few folk so that felt pretty good. The first hill was a killer and set off my asthmatic wheezing, had to walk a wee bit near the top but was very glad of the reward of the downhill. Enjoyed the flat bits, actually didn't really notice them as I was so concerened with the hills! The last hill is on a track through the woods with lots of tree roots to avoid, I kept thinking it must be nearly the end but it kept going up and up, out into the open and people cheering but my breathing went crazy so had to walk a few steps then continued running up the hill to the finish. Just got a text message with my time, 31.41. Really pleased with that probably won't go every week but it was good fun. Need to get some hill training done!
Thanks NHS couch to 5k and Laura for getting me to this point - amazing 11 weeks ago I was struggling to run for 1 minute Just gotta keep going!