Sunday, 10 June 2018

Nerdy Stats



When I finished Couch to 5K a month ago I made a halfhearted commitment to do a Parkrun. Yesterday morning I hauled myself out of bed and did it!  Here I am about forty minutes after the event.  I still have the  Ribena Berry glow that I get from running.

For those who don't know about Parkruns let me explain.  They're free 5K events run by volunteers that take place weekly all over the country.  You have to register before your first run but then you can take part anywhere.  There's a wide range of people involved.  Some of those lithe racing snakes were on their second lap well before I completed my first.  Others walk or run at a more leisurely pace, some with pushchairs and  their kids.    The course was well marked out and new runners were briefed before the start.  We were then cheered on by the enthusiastic organisers.

I'm hooked.  Well, let's rephrase that.   I'm not  going to drop everything and do it every week.  And sometimes I might like a lie in on Saturday.  But I reckon that it could be to be a monthly thing. 

What makes it attractive is that after the race you get lots of nerdy statistics about performance.  It will allow me to map my running progress.  I was slow but steady yesterday.  224th out of a field of 260 but 14th in the class for my age and sex.  I completed the course in 40:26.    There's plenty of scope for improvement.  The residues of that cold still abound and I had a little walk at one point to make sure that a stitch was just a stitch and didn't mean more serious breathing issues.    Plus Mr Metrosexual plied me with wine the night before which wasn't the best of athletic preparation!  Just shedding the sniffles and being less fuzzy headed should easily tip me into the sub forty minute zone second time around.


8 comments:

  1. Well done. We were cheeting people doing this on Cramond beach front last Saturday. Gently does it.

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    1. It's lovely to be cheered on. Very encouraging. xx

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  2. Well done. Despite never falling in love with running, I did enjoy the positive vibe of the Park Run when I did it and it's great to be able to just turn up all year round.
    Arilx

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    1. I think you might have given me the idea. xx

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  3. Well done and like your positive outlook to improve. My knee keeps me from running but love the idea of a monthly park run.

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    1. Knees: Pesky beasties. I'm so lucky mine healed after my skiing accident a few years back. Many of my friends of the same age can't run any longer. xx

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  4. I'd rather you than me m'dear but enjoy it all the same. xx

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