I have my best, and my worst ideas at 2am. The night I finished my work experience at the zoo, I decided to do a 5km run that they were doing at the end of May.
I’m going to make one thing clear. I would be exhausted after running for a bus. When I told my parents, my mum was like “sure why not, I’ll do it too.” My dad… Found the idea slightly more entertaining.
So that settled it. I was going to do it. To prove my dad wrong, and see my friends at the zoo again.
I started off by going on the treadmill and seeing how far I could go. It was pretty slow, but I did do the 5km, it wasn’t a respectable time (50 minutes) but I did it. That Saturday, I went to my local parkrun. I found it easier than going on a treadmill, possibly because I wasn’t stating at a wall the whole time, but I went and did it in 33 minutes and 35 seconds. Slightly more respectable.
My goal was to do it in under 30 minutes, the closest I came was 31 minutes due to being ill at one point and heat. On the night I managed 33 minutes, which I wasn’t happy with, however given the heat, I was pleased that I didn’t walk and I didn’t get dizzy.
I now aim to do a few more 5km events and I will be doing the same event next year, hopefully somewhere around the 25 minute mark, but we’ll see.
While I’m talking about this, I also want to say that the parkrun was a really important part of this for me. It’s nice and supportive, there’s people of all different running abilities, so you really won’t be the slowest. They’ll time you as well so you can know how you’re doing. They also occasionally have pacemakers out there so you can run with them to finish at your target time.
I’m not here to preach fitness (god no…) But if you want to have a go, there isn’t anything stopping you. Just go for it.
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