Michael Fagan previously lived a sedentary lifestyle, so much so he couldn’t walk short distances without pain.
Here he tells us how Huntingdon parkrun became part of his everyday life.
I started parkrun a year ago to help train for my first tough mudder 5k obstacle run. I thought a few parkruns under my belt would help. Now being part of the parkrun family has become everyday life for me.
That first Saturday morning, off I went to Hinchingbrook Country Park for Huntingdon parkrun. It was a really scary morning. I had never run that far.
I parked up and very slowly made my way down to the meeting point.
Right from the off I was made to feel very welcome and comfortable just to be there. The stereotypical feeling of ‘they will all be looking at an overweight person’ was put to bed straight away.
After I had ran my first parkrun in a time of about 38 minutes, I was on such a high and rang the PB bell as it was my first time!
Before I started running seriously I had joined slimming world. I’d ballooned to 26st and was unable to even walk 100 yards without being in pain. I started to lose weight, and slowly began moving more, with lots of walking.
The first time I ever did a 5k run, it took me 55 minutes and I was almost dead at the end. But I did it. And I was so proud.
My fastest now is 31.53 which is an amazing time for me. I never thought I’d get anywhere near that time, I now give advice to new runners who are doing couch to 5k programmes. If they are running 3k without stopping, I tell them to just do a parkrun.
One runner went along and ran the whole thing and got an amazing time as well.
I hope this gives you an insight into why I run.
Thank you parkrun.
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