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I found out about parkrun this year after 3+ mentions of it in a copy of Runner's World - there was a cover article about 5k running, which is why I picked it up. I wondered if parkrun had sponsored the mentions, there were so many.

I've been thinking about going for months, but just before Double Wars wasn't the time to start. At that point I couldn't even picture getting out of bed before 9am on a Saturday.

Don't know why exactly today was the day - possibly watching the world championship athletics this week put it in mind - I loved watching it through lunchtime while I was in the gym. Beats the hell out of news and crappy music videos. Puts your own efforts into perspective, but in a good way, not a depressing way.

So today I ran the one closest to me - one I could find on the bus route - in Harrow.

I figure it was my running that inspired Mo Farah - he's just won the 5,000m in Beijing. :-)

Don't yet know my time. I was so shattered as I crossed the finish I didn't hear the time. I wasn't absolutely last, but I think I was the last runner - the rest were run-walkers.

I did walk 3x - there is a gentle slope on the course in this park, and I found on the laps that it was a good point to walk for 30 paces.

The run director was very kind - asked my name, how I'd found parkrun, then how I did afterward, my impressions, would I do it again.

I suggested setting one up in the local county park - he said he'd run x-country there, but it was potentially muddy - guess they have to choose routes that will be reliable and predictable, even w/ poor weather.

Date: 2015-08-29 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aryanhwy.livejournal.com
I've been watching the world champs throughout the week too -- I really enjoy athletics! For me, it's actually the sprint distances and the field events that make me go "Huh, what would happen if I tried that...." How far could I throw a discus? A hammer? A javelin? Just how fast can a "normal" person run 100 meters?

Date: 2015-08-29 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bend-gules.livejournal.com
What amazes me is how much of the game is between the athletes' ears.

By the time you reach the world championships, the differences in training and experience in the top tier are miniscule. It's not the best physical athletes but the ones who can play the mind games best.

Mo Farah's 5,000m was masterful; leaving all the others to set pace and do the hard work and then power through in the last lap, and the way he pulled away from the leader suggested to me not only was he fastest, but the leader (now 2nd) thought Mo was fastest too.

So the race was won, and lost, as much in their heads as their bodies.

It also shows when they screw up. Even the top athletes still make mistakes, even when they've done these activities for decades; it's the games they're playing in their heads that matter.

Date: 2015-08-30 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
Good on you for getting out there, especially with what sounds like fairly minimal preparation . I couldn't run a 5 km if my life depended on it.

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