Sooo I did my second ever parkrun, the free 5k weekly races you can find all over the UK. It was a great atmosphere- for one week only it had been “taken over” by a local running club so I don’t know if it’s usually like that but it was great. They even had speed markers for the time you were aiming for, so if I wanted to try to get 30mins then I just stuck near the 30 marker and if I kept up with them I knew I was on track. If they noticed you or if you told them you were tracking them they’d even encourage you along the way.
So I started near the 30 minute marker, completely by accident it was just coincidence of where in the start line I ended up. I planned on dropping back a bit and finding the 35 minute marker but never saw them.
Started off really well, in fact the first half was great. I got to 1.69 miles though and I was really feeling it. I was back in my old habit of getting trapped among the run-walkers which is really demoralising when you’re jogging the whole way. You get people who seem to use you as a marker… maybe it’s just me being my paranoid self but I swear these people get ahead of me, walk for a bit and then the second I manage to jog back up and get past them they must think not her again and start running. That’d be fine but I just hate it when I’m running the whole way just a lot slower.
So anyway I got just over half way and felt bad. I figured I’d better walk for a bit despite my inner runner shouting at me to just keep going. I figured I’d catch my breath and then start up again. I was glad I did. Straight away my body seemed to go into shutdown mode. My head was spinning, I felt really REALLY sick and I had really bad pains in some muscles I’d never felt before, between my quads and my groin- like upper inner thigh and my period-like pains in my tummy. I felt AWFUL. I don’t remember feeling like that since the very first time I ran. So I kept walking really slowly, passed a couple of marshals and then turned back and asked if I could sit down with them.
By this time all the run-walkers had passed me and I’d completely lost my place which I was gutted about so I stopped my watch. Sat there for a good 5 or 10 minutes with these 2 lovely marshals looking after me. They were great, of course they were. And I was sooo embarrassed.
Then all of a sudden it just passed and I felt alright. That was when I was gutted I’d stopped my watch. I started it up again but it counted as a new run. I walked for a little bit then ran the last mile or so and it was fine. Weird it was like my body was stamping its feel throwing a little tantrum about the sudden rush of exercise, then it calmed down like a teenager playing angry music in their bedroom and was suddenly alright again. I couldn’t believe it when I was able to run again. I finished the race and my time was something ridiculous- over 50 minutes- but oh well, we live and learn.
So I’m determined to go back. My legs are aching like mad today and I was soooo sleepy last night, but I love being sleepy I’m going to give my legs a couple of days rest then do 2 runs of about a mile each during the week and return next Saturday. I’m going to break my run down into 3 separate miles and I’m going to get through it! Now I have a time to start with and I know I can do it, I just need to be sensible and pace myself well. And I’ll get some headphones so I can shut out the run-walkers too.
So that was my parkrun. It was good, I did enjoy it even if I nearly died! Hehe. Then at the end I got lost on the walk back to the car park so I had a really good cool down, walking half the way home or so it felt!
Back to work tomorrow and I have sooo much work to do in preparation I’m procrastinating like crazy- I’ve already tidied the spare room, hung all my clothes up, mowed the lawn, hoovered and mopped the kitchen… now I’m doing a proper Sunday roast. And this evening I’m visiting my grandad in hospital who’s having a triple heart bypass tomorrow! So yeah, I guess I’d better get the food in and then crack on with planning and stuff for tomorrow.
Hopefully talk soon I will, I promise!