Your invitation to use the force on the first Saturday of May, to try your first parkrun! There's a powerful force for healthy living in Dorset - let's use it!
You are not alone. These are the common thoughts of parkrun newbies. Don’t let these thoughts get the better of you! The truth is, parkrun is a force for good. Good in your community. Good for your health. There’s nothing quite like parkrun to gather neighbourhoods as a force for good.
Taking steps to healthy living can be daunting. And the first few times may be difficult. Crush any fear with the encouragement, cheers, praise and support from all at your local parkrun: use the force. Banish your fears with this wisdom from Yoda:
“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear”.
"I was nervous going for the first time on my own, but as soon as I arrived a marshal asked if I was OK and made me feel welcome... it's such a great way to start the day. All the runners are friendly. My advice is to not think about it, just go! You'll love it!" Jo
“Fear is the path to the dark side.” Don’t let it defeat you. Fear: jog on.
Walk. Jog. Run. Volunteer.
Taking a moment to bust a myth: you don’t have to run! parkrun is for all abilities. There’s no expectation that you must run the full distance. You can walk! “These are your first steps,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi. Work yourself up to it over time. Start by walking the route. Pick up your pace when you feel able. If you want to, break into a slow jog for sections of the route. Before you know it, you’ll have attended your first parkrun!
"I completed my first ever parkrun this morning. 54 minutes at a good walking pace. Weather was glorious. Feeling strong!" Our LiveWell Community Member
You can volunteer, too. Volunteering is an essential part of any parkrun – could you offer your support?
There’s a rule in parkrun: No one comes last! Every parkrun has a tail walker who stays right at the back, ensures everyone is accounted for and is always the last to complete the course.
"Ran my second Poole parkrun today! Pleased to be sub 45 minutes. A gentle pace but I ran the whole way! Great to be outside and exercising. Everyone is so friendly!" Our LiveWell Community Member
"Be mindful of your thoughts... they betray you.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi. No one is looking at you! No one is waiting for you! You’re not holding anyone up! Use the force of community spirit to spur you through to the finish. We are for you. We are in it together. We are battling the dark side that says ‘I can’t do this’ together… you can do this!
“Remember…the Force will be with you, always"
The collective support of your parkrun community is a force for you. Use it! Don’t underestimate the force of support you’ll feel as part of the parkrun family. May the force be with you on the 4th of May!
“These are your first steps,”
Photo Credit: Patrick Shanks