Today is the very first Virtual Running UK Blog Hop, a place where bloggers who run and runners who blog get to take part in a Free Virtual 5K Race once a month, write a blog post about their running and then hop over to visit and comment on each other’s posts.
Each blog hop takes part on the first Saturday of the month, once all the results have been posted on the Virtual Running UK website, so I thought I’d get my post written early so that I can spend more time reading other people’s blog posts… after Parkrun, of course!
Which brings me nicely on to February’s Virtual 5K. I try to run 5K a couple of times a week, one of which is usually at my local Parkrun. I’ve been going to Parkrun pretty much since I first completed C25K back in October.
As well as being a great place to meet up with other runners and get used to running with a large group of people, it’s also a good way to map your progress if you’re running the same course each week while trying to work towards a new PB.
As someone who is still quite new to running it makes sense that my own PB has improved quite a bit over the last few months. However, after being injured shortly after completing C25K, I had to take a few weeks off, which seemed to set me back quite a lot. So much so that throughout December and January I was running much slower than I had been back in October!
But when February came around, something strange happened. Not only did I find myself getting faster again, I also managed to get two PBs in a row at Parkrun, the second of which was the result that I used for February’s 5K Virtual Race.
I know I’m still not very fast and I’ve got a long way to go, but it’s early days yet. For me, the most important thing is that I’m getting fit, having fun and meeting new people, both off and on-line.
The blogging community has been a real inspiration and a great source of support and encouragement, which is one of the reasons that I’m really excited about this Virtual Running Blog Hop.
So, if you’re reading this from the blog hop, please leave a comment and let me know you dropped by; and if you’re already a regular reader, then I hope you’ll leave a comment too and have a think about joining next month’s virtual race and blog hop.
There are some great running blogs out there so go and check them out over at Virtual Running UK. Have a great weekend!