Well and truly stepped out of my comfort zone this week, completely mixed my training up and ran with other people. 🏃🏻♂️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃🏻♂️🏃♀️🏃🏻♂️🏃♀️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃🏻♂️
After breaking 10 Miles last week, I posted on the Kirkby Milers Facebook group, celebrating my latest achievement.💚
Some of the Milers suggested getting involved in the weekly social runs, this was something I had been thinking about but I also believed I was too slow and didn’t want to slow others down.
I was assured that this wouldn’t be the case and that no one is ever left behind, you never know until you try?
I met up with the Milers on Thursday night and joined a social run.
I really enjoyed myself, this was my 1st run away from the Track with other runners, it was also my 1st run on the streets with no music.
I didn’t need the music at all, as the name suggest, it really is a Social event, plenty of chatting at talking and the next thing you know you have covered a few miles.
Thursday night in the Royal Borough of Kirkby was not very weather friendly, but running in the wind and hail stones was very invigorating and being part of the group was such a positive experience. ☃️⛄️☃️⛄️❄️❄️❄️❄️🌨🌨🌨🌨
🎵🎶🎵🎶Saturday Morning jumped out of bed and put on my running kit.
Got in my car and raced like a jet, all the way to Parkrun.🎶🎵🎶
Parkrun, something I’ve thought about and discussed quite a few times with friend and Family. After the Social run, gaining that bit of experience and confidence I had decided to go and participate in a 5k Parkrun.
I never planned to meet up with anyone, I kind of felt I just wanted to do this on my own.
I got there, waited at the very back, park run barcode safe in my pocket, and then the run started.
This is the 1st real run I have done, with other people around, all different levels of fitness, with different goals and aims
I set off following the crowd, around Croxteth Park, the route is mainly on the paths around the park but some of it is through a small section of the very muddy woods.
All the volunteering martials where clapping and giving you encouragement as you went along, I finished all in one go, no stopping to walk, (ok I might have tip toed over some of the muddy parts, I don’t like getting wet or dirty really)
36.16 my quickest 5K ever!
I had recently won a Twitter competition with Mega Medals @megamedals_uk , and was entered into a 5K virtual run online.
You basically select different runs or distances, pledge you will complete this and pay, once you have completed your selected run, you then send the evidence and they dispatch your medal.
Part of the payment goes towards www.alexswish.co.uk So give it a look and see if there is anything you could possibly get involved with.
Anyway after completing my 1st parkrun getting home to find this had been delivered it couldn’t have happened at a better time!
My 1st ever medal for running! one that mean so much to me at the moment, this shows me how far I’ve come, from the couch to running a real 5K.
Hopefully the 1st of many medals and more Parkruns too!Jay