Over the past few months, while I've never been very tempted to move up to 10K I've thought more about Parkruns. My best excuse has been that the nearest one is 20 mins drive away and has notorious parking problems (phew).
Weeeeelllllll...... imagine my mixture of surprise, delight and horror when I saw in the local paper that a new ParkRun is starting next week...... in the local park 5 minutes' walk from here (and indeed part of my usual course).
So - do I try it first week or see how the results look for a few weeks and join in if there are other slower runners? I've checked the course and it's flat (good) and mostly grass (less good for me - I'm so used to tarmac now). It's 3 laps around several fields - in fact I'm surprised it comes to 5K. My PB from last December is 34 minutes but since 5x50 started I've been finding it tough to run the 5K distance - yesterday was my best run in a long time with 4.28km in 29 minutes. I'm not sure that the ParkRun has been well publicized so maybe it'll only be keen club runners the first few weeks - or am I self-sabotaging and talking myself out of it?
I suppose I could try a trial run around the route during the week and see how I do - but that still won't tell me whether I'll be embarrassingly slow.
Any insights very welcome!