Rather than writing a list of resolutions that I’m unlikely to stick to, I decided to try and start the year as I hope to go on!
So rather than promising myself that I’d start running regularly again, I bit the bullet and dragged myself out of bed on New Year’s morning, despite the late night, got on my much neglected bike and cycled down to Camperdown Park for the New Year’s Day ParkRun.
I’ve been intending to go to ParkRun ever since I moved to Dundee. Indeed, I was so enthusiastic about the idea of a free 5K run every Saturday that I signed up months before I moved back to the UK. Unfortunately, having arrived in Dundee I’ve never actually managed to get up in time on a Saturday morning, or managed to summon up the nerve to get on my bike and tackle both traffic and hills. Well, in the end I was able to cycle most of the route on a bike path, and the small bit of road I used was mercifully traffic free. The hills are another story, it’s going to take a while before I can tackle those without coming to an embarrassing standstill!
After four and a half months since my last run I wasn’t expecting to set any records for myself, and indeed since I ended up having to walk much of the uphill sections (my excuse – there are no hills worth speaking of to train on in my part of The Netherlands) I managed to clock a time that was some 12 minutes slower than my personal best (PB) over the distance. On the bright side, the only way to go from here is faster!
The difference between running in Scotland and The Netherlands – hills!
I’d definitely recommend the Camperdown ParkRun to any runners out there, no matter how slow you are. You’re unlikely to be slower than me! The course is lovely, with plenty of forest trails to run on and the other runners were very friendly. It’s run every Saturday at 9.30am, and all you have to do is register on the ParkRun website, print off your barcode and turn up!