As I’ve said before, I never thought for one second I’d get hooked on Parkrun. Getting up early on a Saturday is not something past Emma would have ever done before. But now I’m training for a 10k I’m feeling a lot more motivated!
I’m not sure where the compulsion to get up early to go to Parkrun each week has come from really. It could be because I’m so used to routine (my weekday wake up is 5:45am whether I like it or not) or because it’s helped my mental and physical health this year. But overall I think it’s Parkrun itself that makes it slightly addictive.
It’s not easy, some mornings I just don’t feel like it. If I really don’t, I won’t push myself and will likely take a rest day. But if I feel it’s inner teenage Emma being grouchy about waking up early I make myself go along. Mainly because I’m over half way to the 50 Parkruns mark now and I’d quite like my 50 t-shirt!
The atmosphere is another thing, both Parkruns in Worcester (I have been a regular at both) are fun, welcoming and encouraging. There’s nothing like having somebody cheer you whilst you run, you don’t normally get that on a training run! There’s also the added bonus of sometimes running with friends, having run with both Ms S and Dr C this year, I do quite enjoy a run with friends.
Then there’s the timings. It’s not a race, we all know that. But it’s good practice for those who want to try their hand at racing. The etiquette of passing other runners, pacing yourself around 5k but also practicing those sprint finishes. It’s been perfect for my Worcester 10k Training. The timing isn’t all that though, sometimes I may just want to get out with no pressure and take the run as it comes. It’s also nice to take Dr W along with me and have a bit of a run and a chat together, although sometimes we race each other!
Running in New Places
Lastly a new one for me, Parkrun tourism. The other weekend I headed to London and luckily enough there was Brockwell Parkrun close to where I was staying. The other bonus was that the wonderful Ms S (who has begun her own running adventure this year) ran with me. Not only was it great fun, she got herself a Parkrun PB as well! I can’t wait to find other Parkruns I can check out, now that I’m travelling more with work.
So have you been bitten by the Parkrun bug? Or are you tempted to try it out? Let me know in the comments,