As part of the Worldwide WP 5k 2015 I’m sharing with you what I got up to last week when I did my first ever 5k run.
As some of you already know on the 24th August I decided it was about time I got off my crafty but and did some exercise. I downloaded a couch to 5K running app on my phone and off I jogged.
At first I thought my lungs would explode after just a minute running but it got easier, and I even started to enjoy it. After only 4 weeks I’d clocked up of 40 km!
But then disaster struck (only a minor one). My achilles tendons were giving me some trouble, especially first thing on a morning. So I rested for 2 weeks and rode my bike to try and keep up my slowly developing fitness level.
I was soon up for running again, but didn’t feel I could carry on from where I had left off – I’d built up to running for 10 minutes. So I went back to the beginning and did more intervals of running and walking.
THEN I saw the post last week (link above) and thought “what the heck”! In for a penny in for a pound, and signed up on the Park Run website. I’m lucky that our nearest park run is set in Oakwell Hall Country Park.
So with very little running experience under my belt (the longest I’d run in one go was 12 minutes) I turned up with a big smile, lots of enthusiasm and my son!
Everyone was really friendly. There was a little talk for all the first timers and it was good to see that there were quite a few of us. There was also some new to this particular park run, one lady was visiting from Devon!
After our little pep talk it was over to the start line.
I really wish I’d taken more photos before the event, but I was a little over awed. As it was Halloween lots of the regulars were in fancy dress and all of the marshalls were in fancy dress too. There was a great atmosphere as were cheered on by ghosts and goolies!
After 34 minutes and 44 seconds I crossed the finish line! It was hard but I felt great afterwards. I did walk a couple of times going up one of the hilly sections, so my goal for next time is to slow jog when it gets tough and not to walk.
Here’s me at the finish line with H my 13 year old son. He did it too and I bet him by 50 seconds! And I wore my Fehr Trade running top!
Unfortunately I can’t make the next 2 Saturdays as I’m working but I’m definitely going on the 21st November and I can’t wait for my second park run!!
I’m so glad I read the post about the wwwp5k 2015 as I’d probably not gotten round to it for a few weeks, so Thankyou and well done to all the others who took part!