Sunday, February 15, 2015
BIRMINGHAM PARKRUN - PERRY HALL PARKat a park near you!
You may recall a previous post where I reported that I was not a big fan of running outside when it’s freezing cold, and consequently I look for alternative ways to get my recommended 150 minutes of physical activity into my week. I bought a treadmill a couple of years ago, which often comes in handy, however, having used my treadmill more frequently recently (due to the weather) I've succumbed to the belief that nothing really beats working out in the great outdoors - better scenery, fresh air for my sweat to evaporate into and a chance to meet new people.
Parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation that organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs in pleasant parkland surroundings on weekend mornings. They welcome all ages and abilities, from those running for the first time to those at more trained levels, even Olympic level!
I went along to my first Parkrun this weekend and I'd highly recommend it: a beautiful parkland setting; friendly fellow runners; encouraging support staff (who are volunteers); and, as you leave, a feeling of motivation to beat your time the following week. The history of Parkrun can be found here but if you have been contemplating starting, increasing or changing your exercise regime, Parkrun is definitely something to consider – but don’t wear your best trainers or Net-a-Sporter attire because they’re likely to get quite grubby as you stomp your way through the parkland. Don’t think this is just a Birmingham or UK event either; Parkrun organise these events all over the world, so why not look out for your local Parkrun.
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