Well that's January complete! Month 1 of 12 done of 2020 already! Are you ready for month 2? If your not sure, then please read on. New Years Day saw 493 people cross the finish line! It was expected to be busy, a New Year means a new you to many people, of course not everyone was a new parkrunner, but an amazing 121 people were. Some of these first timers may have gone, others have stayed, but what's the secret to keep coming back, staying motivated, and even enjoying the running?
First of all for me its remembering why you started in the first place, did you want to get fit, loose weight, train for an event later in the year? Remember why you started, and see how far you have came in the last 4 weeks. I have noticed a lot of new comers making great progress in the time they have ran, jogged or walked with us.
Getting involved was definitely key for me, volunteering at Porty is a great way to make new mates and share stories of parkruning experiences. Sometimes people might feel tired from a tough week at work, life is busy, but volunteering most certainly has never been a chore for me, watching the running pack run off into the distance inspires me for the next week.
Not overdoing it for me, this has been crucial! I started parkrunning in 2014 and its taken me this long to realise this, the amount of injuries I've had has been silly, so listening to your body is key, nobody likes being injured, and sometimes it takes a lot to comeback from an injury, mentally and physically. This is where the getting involved (volunteering) has hugely helped.
Eat a balanced diet, set your self short, medium, and long term goals, make them realistic, and reward your self when you achieve a goal, concentrate on your self, its a run not a race. If your racing its always against your self, if you focus on others and what they do it may not be right for you, it could lead to you becoming unmotivated if it doesn't work out, enjoy your journey (that's the most important bit).
None of what I’m saying is published as gospel, its just how I feel, its little things that I wish I knew when I first started. When I first started I really didn't look forward to the actual 5k run, it was everything that goes with the parkrun. Sometimes you might be in bed on a Saturday morning thinking I wont bother today, you need to trust me on this, if you get up and go, these parkruns feel the best, I have never regretted running a parkrun, but I have regretted not going to one.
Where ever you’re reading this, I would like you to share your tips on how you motivate your self, why you parkrun, and why you keep coming back, comment below.
Above - First timers meeting The Run Director Ciara for the first timers brief, this happens at 0915 every Saturday. Above - the start of porty parkrun, all on their own separate journeys
Above - 53 time parkrunner Sarah motivating you last weekend (18.01.2020)
Above - one of the Hi Viz heros, that make your journey possible.
If this "run report" helps at least one person come back for next week, then its been worth my time in writing it. It’s been one month, your best days are still ahead, and your doing amazing. See you next week!
A reminder please we have no toilets in the park, please do not put your event at risk!
This week 457 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Stephen MALEY 25 volunteering stints today!! • Andrew SIMPSON • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Mary RITCHIE • John CURREN • Christian SIMPSON • Ross J NICOL • Fiona NICOL • Anne STEINBERG • Nico FERIA-YATES • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Joseph HILLIER • Rachel MURRAY • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Rachel YULE • David WOOD • Luca BASSO • Dariusz WEDGE • Fraser MAY • Helen STOCKS • David MILNE • Patricia BROWN • Matthew WELDON • Skye HARRISON • Kat MCCLORY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh Results Page.
CAROLINE YOUNG 100 PARKRUNS
STUART SMITH 50 PARKRUNS
RACHEL FROM BRISTOL 50 PARKRUNS
STEPHEN MALEY 25 VOLUNTEERING
The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jo WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:13 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).
Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 12,083 participants have completed 67,477 parkruns covering a total distance of 337,385 km, including 11,430 new Personal Bests. A total of 899 individuals have volunteered 4,942 times.
I would like to end this run report on a positive, well done to Matthew Weldon our junior volunteer today, completing the timekeeping role as number one timekeeper!! David Milne didn't fancy doing it correctly today!!
haha well done everyone, see you next week.