So there I was, making my way to Cuttesloe Park in Oxford.
I have to say my first foray into parkrun wasn't a good experience . It was a hot day in August, actually it was too hot so I overheated, I had taken the wrong trainers with my so I ended up with blisters and I was no-where fit enough to think about running. Consequently I was put off, especially when everyone went past me at an alarming rate of knots.
Fast forward 3 months and here I was, after completing C25K, ready to try again. Once again everyone was running past me at an alarming rate of knots, but this time I didn't care, I knew I had run 5K before, and so could do it again, despite the mud and grass (not something I'm used to). And, I was helped along by a wonderful woman called Sarah who paced me all the way We have never met before, and may never meet again as Oxford isn't her usual parkrun, but we kept each other going and finished together which was lovely as the only running buddies I have are my virtual buddies here.
I think our time was around 35 minutes, I know I won't set the world alight by those times, but driving back home I realised it really didn't matter. I am running for me, it would be nice to get there first, but I know that will never happen, it might have done when I was younger.... nah who am I kidding, I would never have run 5K in 16 minutes, I am a steady plodder and happy to be so.
Going to start training now for 10K, and continue to do parkrun when I can. Watch this space for the next big challenge.....