This weekend, I ran my first Delta Park Run with Ross and Lanz. The ‘Park Run‘ takes place in a number of countries. The Delta Park run is a weekly 5km Saturday run at 08:00 with a decent-sized group of people – 357 people ran it this week. Due to it being in a park, it can be considered more of a trail run than anything else.
As part of my training for the Sportman’s Warehouse 10km, I thought it’d be a good idea to try something a little bit different to make sure I’m race ready in November.
The start of the run was fun, with a beautiful downhill – the best – and an awesome vibe. Cute dogs running around. Shirtless men running with dogs. Great scenery in general. ;)
However, a little way into the run, we came to a massive uphill that was RIDICULOUS. I am not good at running uphill, tried for a while and eventually had to walk the majority of it. This automatically made me feel like a failure because I hate having to walk – if I don’t run the entire way, it feels like I haven’t accomplished what I set out to. After that uphill, it wasn’t too bad but that’s when the knee started acting up and my ITBS made an unwelcome appearance, meaning I had to walk the rest of the way to avoid doing further damage, on the advice of my bio.
I think it’s the fact that I was running on an uneven, different surface and was needing to jump around – this meant that my muscles, which are already pretty weak, struggled to stabilize me, and this once again caused my ITB to over-compensate.
So, I left the run feeling disillusioned, sad, useless. I’ll be back at it again soon but I am really hard on myself with these things. I think I have a love-hate relationship with running – when it goes well, it feels like the greatest exercise in the world but other times I will hate it with all my heart and soul.
I will definitely try the Park Run again, especially once my quads, glutes and hamstrings are stronger and then I’ll be able to better navigate the route and hopefully complete it without walking. If you want to try the Park Run, check out www.parkrun.co.za for a list of areas, and how it works. If you’re with Discovery, you get 500 points for participating – BONUS. They are also always looking for volunteers, if you’re not into the running side of things.