What I’ve learnt from my first 10 Parkruns

  • Group exercise is incredibly motivating and the buzz and sense of community from a Park Run is hard to beat.
  • 9am might seem quite early at the weekend but it’s hard to beat that smugness when you know it’s all done by 9.45 (yes that time does include a chat over a coffee at the end!)
  • It’s actually incredibly hard without a GPS watch to judge your speed.. I’ve been surprised (pleasantly and disappointed) by my results a few times
  • It does get easier and you do get faster the more you attend.. though progress isn’t linear – you’ll still have good days and bad days
  • There are some really inspirational runners out there … it still blows my mind when I see them running towards me (did they take a short cut lol)
  • Don’t judge a runner by their shape, age or running gear … I’ve seem some incredibly fast children, parents pushing prams, dog walkers …. runners in sweat pants .. you name it 🙂
  • For an early 5K – running on empty works best for me.. just a black coffee and lots of water
  • It’s great being able to see all the results on the website including the age category break down (as I head towards 50 (yikes) the age comparison becomes more important lol
Massage for Runners in Brighton

Massage for Runners in Brighton

Mark is an Advanced Massage Therapist specialising in remedial massage and myofascial release. Treating a range of Runners over the years was his motivation to start running and he now a keen ‘Parkrunner’ in Preston Park, Brighton and Half Marathon Runner. You can read more about his work as a therapist here. Park Runs are 5 K runs that take place all over the country every Saturday at 9am. To find your nearest Park Run visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/