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Published on March 3rd, 2017 | by Michael

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Running Your First Parkrun

Getting started in running is a lot easier than what some people say.

Novices can easily be put off due to confidence, unsure of beginner distances or even the darker weather may play its part.

Running is a testing sport. PB’s can tumble or every week a new injury can flag up, it can sway from one end of the spectrum to the other.

However, there is an event out there, which many people will be familiar with, that can cater for runners, young, old, locals, visitors, new or experienced and every runners favourite way to kick start their Saturday morning – the Parkrun.

14539587124_0694fd6712_zTo date, there are over 140,000 worldwide events taking place, with that number growing substantially. This has seen nearly over TWO MILLION runners complete the 5km course with the help of over 244,000 volunteers (this will rise of course!) collecting times, tags and marshalling – as well as 106,446,274km ran worldwide and best of all, it’s FREE*.

Races can be expensive at the best of times, especially towards the festive season and spring too, so having a free 5km race is perfect for not just running hard if need be or, like most runners use it for, training purposes, to see where they are in their training block or as part of a session, especially if it’s flat, not just that but also it’s ideal to kick-start running with!

With just a simple input of some details and a printer on standby, registering is very, very simple to do. Once you’re done, the door is open for you to try the many, many courses available not just across the UK but also the World!

If you’re going for your first run, why not take a friend or ask at your running club to see if there is a group or a few who will be running on the day, there’s bound to be at least one!

On the day of the run, it’s best to check the social media pages, particularly if it’s a frosty/damp start to the morning. They are never normally cancelled but sometimes weather is unavoidable make sure you leave in ample time – DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE, try to get there 30-45 minutes before the start, just so you can clock in a warm up – try to park away from the venue and run to the start, you can run back as a cool down too. Get some drills in but not static stretching, last thing you want is an injury mid-run.

Then all there is left to do is, group up, go and enjoy the run! Take your time, drink it in, if there is something left in the tank, put it all into the home straight! You may feel sweaty, you may feel sick, mostly, you’ll feel shattered but you’ve just ran/walked just over 3 miles, give yourself a pat on the back!

Now that you’ve done one, the door is open to go weekly and improve that personal best!

*numbers accurate from 16/02/2017 via www.parkrun.com

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Written By Michael