Before retiring in 2015 I decided that I would need a way to keep fit. I tried the gym and soon got bored with that so I decided to try running, something I always avoided. I used the Couch to 5k App, progress was a bit slow. It took a little longer than expected as I was being cautious. I set the target of working towards completing a Parkrun. It was May 2016 when I had enough confidence to go along and give it a go, I enjoyed it and had the running bug. Unfortunately my running was cut short when I had an Achilles injury and only ran once during 2017.
I knew it would not be easy to get started again so I joined SE in January 2018 and basically started from scratch. Running with others made it so much more enjoyable and Sutton Park is such a wonderful place to run. My progress was made easier with the encouragement from the leaders and other runners. In March I joined Run Fit 1 and was soon running twice a week. This gave me the confidence and I restarted my Parkruns.
Warm up and cool down exercises are keeping the injuries to a minimum and the hill technique work has certainly helped. At times it has not been easy but I know the effort is worthwhile with my PB’s improving. This is all thanks to the encouragement from the other runners in the groups and mostly, of course, the leaders.
Recently I completed my 50th parkrun and also knocked over 1 minute off my PB. My target was to get under 30 minutes and I managed to get below 29!
I ran my sub 30 at Perry Hall parkrun which is quite flat. My next goal is to run under 30 at Sutton Park parkrun which has a couple more hills!