I am a creature of habit, if i’m doing a lot of exercise then i’m likely to be eating healthily and not smoking. Sadly, on the flip side, if I start getting lazy, i’m likely to start eating badly, putting on weight and generally not caring about my health. Therefore, I’ve realised that the simplest thing for me is to have a constant flow of running events lined up to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Unfortunately, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Firstly, it’s getting expensive constantly entering 10 and 20K runs when they are usually between £14-£20 a pop. I understand why it costs that much, it’s just that when i’m a month away from my wedding, it’s not ideal. Secondly, i’m running out of events to do within an hour or where I live. I am actually very lucky that there are stacks of great events near me, it’s just that i’m looking for something every weekend. Problem is, there’s nothing available for me to run for the next two weeks.
Well, that’s what I thought, until I remembered being told about ‘Parkruns’; free 5K runs that take place every Saturday morning in parks in most of the major towns and cities in the UK. I decided that this would be prefect! I am obviously more than able to go running on my own at the weekend, it’s just that I really enjoy actually taking part in an organised event. I did lots of research on ‘Parkruns’ and realised that there’s a weekly run only 10/15 minutes away is the town of Abingdon along the banks of the river Thames.
Signing up for this event couldn’t have been easier– I filled in a quick form, downloaded and printed off my ‘bar code’ and I done. Each runner has there own bar code that they have to take on the day. This bar code is scanned at the event and this allows you to keep track online of your PB’s, amount of times you run, where you finished in the race etc etc. The best bit, is that once you have your bar code, you can take part in any ‘Parkrun’ across the country as a guest.
Each event is totally free to enter and in return all you are asked to do is marshal a race 2-3 times a year– a very fair return I think. My first run is this Saturday and I’m really, really looking forward to it. I just think it’s such a great concept; I’m a bit late to the party as these runs have been going on for a number of years already with quite a few runners at Abingdon already in the 100 club (100 runs). I think I’ve got a bit of catching up to do. I’ll let you know how I get on.