parkrun is 5K right? So “how do I work parkrun into a 10K run?” I hear you ask. The answer is both simple and effective; I do a 2.5K warm up jog down to parkrun and then later, a similar distance back home. This works really well because by breaking up the 10K, it makes it a bit of a rest day. In order not to undo that “rest” element I took it easy at parkrun and ran at a pace that takes me round 3 minutes slower than normal. This helps me practice pacing which I love to do occasionally to help people reach new goals over the 5K.
One of the things I love about running is the friends I meet. Because I am both a member of a running club and attend parkrun most weeks, I probably have more friends through running than any other part of my life. The great thing about running friends is that they always support you and build you up; I don’t find the negativity and cynicism that you find in many walks of life today. No one is perfect and there are always exceptions to this but by and large, runners make fantastic friends.
I am now 1/2 way through my challenge by running 10K 15 days in a row. This is unchartered territory for me because I have never run this many consecutive days, let alone the 10K part! Every day from now, there will be fewer days left than I have already done so that makes me happy; the end is in sight! I have found myself more resilient than I expected so maybe from this madness I will actually end up stronger.
“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.”
Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church. To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.