I’m still on my long and winding road to clocking up 50 parkruns. On Saturday just gone, I clocked up my 41st parkrun and my third this year. This reason for this is as I previously explained – I’m a lazy runner.
I completed a half-marathon again on Bank Holiday Monday, so when my friend Jo asked if I wanted to walk Greenwich parkrun with her as she’s injured, I said yes. parkrun is an event for everyone and it’s perfectly ok to walk around it.
Jo is a fast walker. I’m not slow, but she’s very quick so I have to admit that I was concerned about keeping up with her walking pace and was vaguely wondering whether I’d even have to jog a little to keep up.
Greenwich parkrun is held at Avery Hill, which is very nearly not in Greenwich at all. It’s a three lap course that has recently been slightly tweaked and is held on a mixture of grass and tarmac path. It is mostly flat, although there’s a couple of gradual includes in places which start feeling like Mount Everest on the third lap. I’ve never worked out the chemical change that seems to happen to mostly flat courses in looped events…
Anyway, back to our “parkwalk”. We chatted our way around the three laps, keeping up a steady walk. It was during the final lap I started to feel warm and we completed out 5k walk in a finishing time of 43:33, a very brisk walk if I say so myself, especially with lots of chatter. It was enjoyable being out in the fresh air, getting exercise without worrying about breathing, times or whether anything was hurting. parkrun is about participation and anyone thinking of going and walking it should go for it. Regular runners might also enjoy giving their bodies a break and walking it every so often.
And for those who naively think that walking ISN’T a workout? I swear, I had a pain in the bum the day after like I’ve never had before…
parkrun isn’t just a run in the park. It can be a walk in the park, or whatever you want it to be.