For those of you who haven't heard about these, they are free events organised by volunteers for everyone and anyone who's registered to turn up at their local park (provided it's hosting a park run) and set off over a 5k course (3 miles) at 9am with a group of other runners.
You get given a ticket with a barcode when you sign up which you take with you to the run, and when you finish you're given another bar-coded ticket with your race position. These are all fed into a computerised system and a few hours later your results are emailed to you.
Here's the link if you're interested in joining in- they are very friendly events and people of all ages and abilities do them. Some folks do a mix of walk and run, some jog slowly, some sprint, but everyone claps and cheers everyone over the finish from the fastest to the slowest and all the marshals around the course are GREAT at encouraging you on. I thoroughly recommend them.
I knocked a minute off my PB this morning and was 5th for my age catagory and about 50th female back. My overall position was about 290th out of 600, so I was pretty chuffed. We were overtaken A LOT at the start, but (pleasingly) steadily overtook other people from about half way round (and up hills :o)) and no one overtook us from that point on, which is Good For The Mind when running. I even managed to chat to M on the way round (last time it was all I could do to have breath to keep moving!). I put this down to all the Hill Training I do here (we live on a hill, so whichever way you go, you're faced with an incline at some point), and all the lunges I do in the garden afterwards! We also sprinted the last half mile (let's gloss over the dizziness and nausea at the finish and the fact I thought there was a very good possibility at one point I might just fall over) and we finished in a good time, averaging about 8.4 mins per mile (good for me anyway- my darling husband ran with me and dropped about 8 mins off his average time as a result!),
M is fit as a flea and a bit of a speed demon when it comes to runs (as well as an endurance demon, come to that, being a whizz at marathons too). I am more sedate in my running and have slowly built up from half a mile two years ago to a regular 2 mile run which I try and do at least every other day. with the odd 3 miler and one 5 miler thrown in recently.
Running is Good For You. Its good for your heart and lungs, good for your legs and bum (bonus if you're female and of a certain age....) AND it's good for your mind. I feel clean, refreshed and energised after a run (and totally justified in eating cakes, chocolates and biscuits...). And you really DON'T Need to clock up miles and miles to get the benefits. I also find I don't succumb to bugs in the same way since running and have much better muscle tone these days too.
Last night, in the pouring rain, Poppy came with me on my regular run. She was on her Special Lead which attaches to a belt round my middle and we had Great Fun charging around the lanes together while the rain beat down and people in passing cars slowed down to smile at her. We met a man walking his Border Terrier who grinned as we flew past. Probably because (as you know) Pop is tiny wee but fierce as fierce can be and her little legs were working like billy-o as she galloped along. My time was 2 minutes faster than it normally is, which I put down to a) her pulling me and b) a reluctance to let her down by going more slowly :o)
Of course, this morning she saw two sets of trainers going on and leapt up and down for joy at the thought of another run. Needless to say her crestfallen expression when she realised she wasn't coming with us was awful to witness. Next time I might take her along, and keep at the back so she doesn't trip anyone up! I wonder if they'll give her her own registration card then she can build up her log of running achievements and keep track of where she is in the league too.....
So, that's my Motivational Speech For The Day done, now you can sit back and enjoy the Wonders of Mottisfont's Rose Garden, as witnessed yesterday when Ma and I made our Annual Pilgrimage to the Abbey......
Right-o, I'm off to plant some marjoram, chives, thyme and hyssop in the newly-created Herb Garden :o) Hope you're all having a Lovely Weekend?
I am :o)