I’ve been running for a year, and yet very rarely get chance to do a parkrun. We only have 1 car, and Saturday mornings are for him and the little explorer to go to the cinema so I’m normally cleaning the house and trying to get some washing done (and have a hot cup of tea and breakfast in peace). However, when I get the chance to do a parkrun, I go for it.
I’ve done one in Cleethorpes, one in Oldham and then went to one at Worsley Woods with the big sis and middle niece. I love parkrun, they’re free, they’re ridiculously inclusive and friendly and the main thing is; it’s not a race! You can go as fast or as slow as you like, you’ll never be last as there’s always a tail walker and it’s at your own pace.
I got the chance to go Cleethorpes again last weekend, and I was actually really excited. As you’ve read, I love to run and getting the chance to go out on a Saturday morning is unheard of. Thank goodness for Nanna’s, Aunties and cousins (and Daddys) eh? So, there I was getting ready to set off and run, the announcements had been made and I decided to move forward, from my standard place at the back, to the middle section to see if I could find a friendly someone to help pace me. I’m a typical back place runner, I like being at the back, out of the way and happily being overtaken but not today. Today, I wanted to run and knowing I can run at an average of 9 minute miles when I think about it, I decided to go for it!
And so I did! I forgot everything and just ran, I acknowledged the marshalls and few spectators, cheered the kids on when I could see a few of them flagging on my way round – I told one girl with less than 1k to go that I wanted to see her sprint past me at the finish line. She did. and I got a PB! Not a personal PB, a parkrun PB but it counts. I felt totally elated and tired and sweaty and hot but so very glad I’d done it. I don’t often feel like that after a run, well I feel tired, hot and sweaty but very rarely do I get the elated feeling until I’ve got home and had a nice hot shower!
Parkruns are my own little thing that I love to do when I get the chance, it’ll probably take years to even do 25 never mind reach 100 but I’ll keep plodding along, going when I can and striving for that sub 30 5K PB.