So its now 3 years that I went to my first parkrun, but I went with my camera and took photos. It wasn’t until last year I actually ran one. Instead I volunteered a lot and absolutely loved it. I think I got up to 20 volunteer slots. I love volunteering at parkrun, it’s brilliant to not only give a little back, but also to see some great achievements. From young ones doing their first from anyone walking it and taking in the fresh air. And with most parkruns there’s always, cake,coffee and token sorting nearby.
This year, I find myself doing shift work again and struggling to get the Saturday mornings off. But I’ve been so lucky these last few weeks. On Saturday just gone I visited Mum’s and went out at the crack of dawn to go find Durham parkrun. I was greeted by some amazing people. The best bit it is its where Newcastle United used to train and where I met some of the footballers when I was a kid. It brought back so many good memories. With strava primed, and barcode handy I set off with the crowd. It wasn’t going to be a pb, it was a new course and I just wanted to do a ‘home’ run. It was amazing. I was a bit worried running on the grass with it being wet and worried I might damage my knee. But I took it steady and eventually caught up with a couple who I was able to keep pace with. Not knowing people at these events can be a bit daunting but everyone is so friendly. I did the run in 35 minutes and 37 seconds and I’m so pleased with that. Strava didn’t start and so I missed out on pacing etc. But I managed to copy the route and there’s always next time. Plus I did it! I loved it! I ate cake and a bacon sandwich. I sat with some lovely people and the best bit is I got to walk along the riverside and see Durham Cathedral in all it’s glory, including it’s bandage.
So this weekend it’s back to Woodhouse Moor in Leeds hopefully with the following week at Cross Flatts. I’m keeping everything crossed that I can do these as I know I’ll get my miles in. Plus it’s less than 4 weeks away from the Great North Run and I’m trying so hard to get my miles in. And even if I can’t do the distances in one long chunk I’m still doing it and still making progress. All thanks to the inspiration form parkrun.
Find out more here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
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