Got to love a New Year’s Resolution right, it means that even when it’s pouring with rain on a cold Saturday morning, you still get up to go to parkrun!
I dragged Tom out of bed to try out the Cardiff parkrun, (Tom- my boyfriend, has recently been relocated to Cardiff). Neither of us were thrilled with the weather conditions, and as we drove through ever heavier rain, he reminded me that not many other boyfriends would do this with their girlfriends and that I definitely owed him.
After taking these photos one of the friendly volunteers (the man smiling in the above photo) started chatting to us about Tom’s sulky face. He and his son were hardcore parkrun runners and volunteers, and had done the double the previous day, running the Cardiff and Barry park runs to welcome in the New Year. We discovered that Cardiff ParkRun is very popular, with 300-400 people turning up each week, and a peak week of 800!
Clearly we weren’t the only crazies to be up for a 5K in the pouring rain, as we lined up about halfway through the throng of runners. It soon became clear that we should have started nearer the front but never mind.
The route is a flat, frying pan shaped loop along the Taff trail in Bute Park. It was gorgeous although lined with deep puddles. Although my Salomon trail trainers were waterproof, the water soon breached my shoes and drenched my feet. Tom wore his new Christmas present Lululemon top and Adidas shorts for their first outing although I wouldn’t let him wear his new trainers.
Tom and I ran together for most of the run and kept up a decent pace, around an 8.30 min mile. I could feel my chest feeling a little tight towards the end (I’d been fighting off a cold and cough for the past 2 weeks) but overall I felt great to be out and running. Tom took off down the final straight – apparently he’d had his eye on a woman that he wanted to beat and couldn’t let her finish in front of him!
There were runners of all ages, fitness levels and sizes pounding out their first 5K of the New Year with quite a few newbies to the pack. DON’T love this picture of me being nailed to the finish line by a 10 year old boy that looks like he’s walking! I do however love the number of pictures from the run that went online- do they do this at all ParkRuns?
Check that heel strike! Whoops.
I set Tom’s RunKeeper app to track us (as I’d forgotten to print out our barcodes, whoops) which had us finishing in just over 26 mins – my hands were so cold it took me a good few seconds to open up the app and stop it!
What a fab and friendly way to start our New Year. We’ll definitely be back to the Cardiff parkrun and to the other city parkrun in Grangemoor which we could actually walk to from Tom’s flat. Looking forward to exploring more running routes around Cardiff and southern Wales – if you have any suggestions please do let me know!