To sign up for Park Run simply register on their website and print out your barcode. Bring this along to the run to get your official time (not chip time).
It was a rather chilly but sunny morning in London, perfect for a brisk 5K with some lovely ladies (and Steph’s friend Simon), Lissy, Katie and Steph. Lots of people there were wearing Park Run t-shirts, earned after 50, 100 and 250 Park Runs! Luckily there were lots of newbies too.
Steph and Simon took off, while Katie, Lissy and I settled in to about a 9.15-30 min mile pace. I can really tell that I haven’t been running recently, it did not feel all that easy. Katie and I chatted most of the way round the 3 loop course (the laps were the one downside to the run). She’s currently training for the London Marathon, which is the week after the Paris Marathon. It was a bit of a kick up the bum for me to get moving with my training. Paris is exactly 11 weeks away!
When I was getting ready for the run, I had originally grabbed my Adidas Boosts, however the roads have been really slippery recently, and since I didn’t know whether any of the run would be on the grass/trail, I made the switch to my Cascadias.
In wet, muddy or icy conditions these are my go-to shoe. They’re amazing.
The mesh on the side of the shoes are more structured than on many of my other trainers, according to Brooks this suede geometric pattern wraps the foot for a close, supportive fit. The fully cushioned sole ensures your feet are protected from whatever is underfoot, and the interesting tread pattern provides traction over most surfaces. I find that they transition well between road/pavements and trail, meaning they are comfortable on runs that comprise of different surfaces. They are brilliant for throwing on when you’re not sure what the conditions will be.
Not quite sure what’s wrong with my eye in the above picture, obviously opening both fully was too much to ask after running 5K! I finished in 27.45- no where near a PB but pleased to have finished without feeling too niggly. The course was also actually a little short. I’ll have to try to beat that time in Feb, or sooner. I highly recommend searching out your local Park Run if you’re trying to earn a 5K PB, incorporate a shorter run as training, or do as Katie did and use the Park Run as a mid point of a long run! It was really well organised, with such friendly volunteers and other runners.
Steph treated us to some banana bread in the Fulham Palace coffee shop after our run. It was delicious, and really hit the hunger spot- you can see her recipe here. I loved it so much that this morning I got up early to make my own (with about 100 times the number of chocolate chips so not exactly a healthy version!) I’ll share the recipe with you later in the week.
I hope you had a great weekend. Have you ever tried ParkRun?