It’s been 3 years since I ran my first parkrun, wow that times gone quick and so much has happened. Never would I have thought that this would progress into me running races let alone a half marathon and I could never even have dreamt that I would run a marathon! I have though.
It all started with couch to 5k, I was already fairly active doing Zumba classes and going to the gym but circumstances changed and I no longer wanted to pay out for my gym membership so I started running, it was free wasn’t it? All you needed was a pair of trainers (little did I know!)
When I first went out I couldn’t run very far, a mile at the most, I was shocked I thought I was fit! A friend recommended couch to 5k so my journey began. It was brilliant, I can’t recommend it enough, you have to be patient as you feel like you’re not running much to start with but by the end of the 8 weeks I could run 5k. Amazing!
3 years later and 120 parkruns completed, I still can’t believe what I have achieved! I’ve managed this on my own accord, I don’t go to a running club and I don’t have running buddies (my choice). I like to run alone, apart from parkrun and races, just me, my music and the open road.
My times have improved and I still like to try for a pb but other times I just like to plod around and enjoy the run, the people and the scenery.