What does Parkrun mean to you?

7 seconds – just seven seconds off my Parkrun PB this weekend !  But it was a good run and I’m glad that I’m getting close. Hopefully that means that I am building fitness.

I have recently met a Parkrun tourist, who has been running a few times over the last few months at my home Parkrun – speaking to her and to another parkrunner who experienced Sewerby for the first time, I was really interested to hear the perceived differences between the different runs.  And I don’t mean whether they are hilly or flat, laps or one loop, paths or grass.  I mean the atmosphere, the friendliness and the support from other runners.

I’m pretty sure the size of your Parkrun makes a big difference – ours is still pretty small compared to some.  But that helps with a really nice atmosphere – where everyone supports everyone else.  At the end of each run you will hear congratulations and comments of support swapped between the fastest and the slowest runners.  The effort of all is congratulated and encouraged.  It is sad to hear that not all venues seem to have quite this same attitude – or at least not for all participants.

So, the beginning of a new week, yesterday’s extra eating for father’s day still weighing us down, it was time to head out for a run.  Monday’s are recovery runs for me, so 4.3 miles without thinking much about my pace, just going out to enjoy.  So I plugged in the headphones, called the dogs and off we went.  Had a lovely run, one that really confirms my enjoyment in doing this 🙂

Now I’m looking for a gps watch – one that I can download split times on to see how my pace is developing.  Favourite so far is looking like the Garmin Forerunner 15 – fairly basic, but also fairly cheap !  Hopefully it will be a good watch for me to start with.

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