For the last few months I have been participating in Park Run most Saturdays with Naomi.
Park Run is a fantastic free event where you can walk or run 5km with a bunch of like minded people. It begins at 7am or 8am depending on the location on Saturday mornings in towns and cities across the world which means a fairly early start usually depending on which Park Run we choose to visit.
It can be a bit intimidating to actually go and get started at Park Run especially when, if like me when I started, I was only able to walk the track, but when you get there you quickly realise that there isn’t anything to worry about, everyone is lovely and you feel very supported.
I also used Park Run as part of my training for when I participated in the Commonwealth Games Gold Run and it definitely helped me get a bit quicker so that when I did the the Gold Run I managed a pretty good personal best for me.
My current PB is 44 minutes 38 seconds. We try and walk the track with intervals at the end of the track so I am feeling pretty positive that my time will get better and maybe under 40 minutes at some stage soon whilst I build up to running more of the track.
I’m now up to 12 Park Runs in total. I understand that when we get up to 50 runs we will be sent a t shirt by the organisers which is pretty cool and a great way to celebrate that kind of achievement.