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For the Love of Parkrun UK | My Latest 10k Training Update

September 6, 2018

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,


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  • Reply Bec Jones September 9, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    your parkruns sound great – Norm likes a bit of parkrun tourism too – I love the atmosphere as a supporter/volunteer. Good luck for your 10k – I’m sure it will be brill.
    love Bec xx

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      I really need to do more Parkrun tourism. Hoping I can give Cheltenham a go when we stay in December.

  • Reply Elaine Fitzpatrick September 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    I live so close to a Parkrun Venue but because of my dodgy knees I;ve been advised not to resurrect my running career! I have run in the past. I admire your commitment.

    • Reply MissPond September 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      People do walk it 🙂

  • Reply Susan September 7, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Ah well done you!! Hope you keep going xx

    • Reply MissPond September 8, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure I’ll keep going, it’s race day next week!!

  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle September 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    A few of the parks around my place do offer Park Runs and this is something I have been meaning to head to. You sound like you totally enjoy doing park runs, good luck with your Worcester 10k Training.

    • Reply MissPond September 8, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      You should give it a go 🙂 it’s very enjoyable!

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