I used to start out doing 2k runs which took me about 20 minutes walking/jogging. I gave up running for a while in my second year of university and started going to the gym instead, preferring the safety of the treadmill where I couldn’t be seen by other runners and I couldn’t fall flat on my face (I’m notoriously clumsy and accident prone). However when I heard about Durham Parkrun about a month ago I decided it was finally time to get out in the open air and try and do something different that would challenge and motivate me.
My first Parkrun (5km) I completed in 32 minutes, which beat my previous personal best by 5 minutes! I was inspired and elated. Since then I’ve been trying to run 5k at least once a week and beat my score, so far I’ve only matched it. But time is an insignificant detail compared to the feeling I get from running; the pure adrenaline bringing me to life. Now running isn’t just an aid to weight loss, but part of a lifestyle I’ve come to love. I’m healthy and strong, and running will only ever help me improve. Even when I’m coughing and spluttering, desperate to reach the finish line, I know I’ll never give up. Running has made me a better person, the best version of myself, and for that I am truly thankful. But enough about me, here are the details of my favourite route in Durham.
I downloaded a map of the run on my Garmin GPS watch for everyone to see.
Click here to view it.