Something has occurred to me this week whilst I am out running. I do not have a tangible set up of running buddies as such. This may sound odd, as I network with a lot of like minded twitter people, but upon reflection most of my daily running is solo. I am also the running buddy with the blind paralympian Simon Goodall, but that is a "pressure & "responsibility".It has mutual benefits, I'mhelping to improve his cardio training, and he is quite good at pushing me as he has a faster pace! It does suit to have more solo runs, as I have a different work pattern, plus I combine it with dogs and around family. I also have a different running style, technically and naturally. But what I miss is being able to chat with people and actually be amongst them.
I enjoyed yesterday's Park Run enormously. I have made too many excuses to not get there in the last 3 months. I have missed watching the parents run with their children, hearing the Park Run group cheering everyone over the finish line, giggles about running faux pas that only runners would understand.
I now commit to running every Park Run for a year. I can change my work time. I can be there early enough to volunteer to help with the set up. I have no excuses.
But what is Parkrun? It's not something peculiar to just Reading! It's happening all over the UK, Europe..and Canada! It's a brilliant idea to encourage people of all shapes,sizes,ages,abilities to get out running for health, fun and fitness. It's usualy a 5km course set in a local park or parkland. Beautiful scenery to inspire you! You get your time recorded and emailed to you. You can pursue a personal best time each week..aim to run to the milestones of park run for a t-shirt - 50th park run, 100th Park Run etc,. I will try and improve each week, even if it is only by seconds each time. I run with Reading Parkrun. Have a look here to find your local place. The rest of yesterday's photos can be seen here but ones of me are shown below. Thankyou to Peter Cook for taking them all! He isn't running due to injury at the moment, so helps as a volunteer. The Parkruns are operated by volunteers, essential!
I also belong to Reading Joggers. Same promise applies there. I can make every tuesday evening, albeit a few minutes late. Just have to run to catch them up.
I have a lot of challenges this year as The Rambling Duck, but I have also made some big commitments for the British Heart Foundation. Still working on that schedule but I am running every day, plus every parkrun, and every tuesday reading Joggers, dedicated to Ged, with a list of other 10km & half mararathons. The support and advice from all of those friends will be invaluable both for mind, body and soul.
I also do this running for me now. It's now not just about the charities I support. I need the pressure of challenges to keep me running lots! But I do think I need the running for me; to be amongst friends. The new friends I have recently made are making a world of difference to an otherwise quiet Me.
The photos from yesterday show I am having fun. Goodness, I even had a sprint finish. I don't think I can get away with my little rant of hating running, anymore.
Reading results for event #130. Your time was 34:54. Congratulations on completing your 2nd parkrun and your 2nd at Reading today. You finished in 250th place and were the 80th lady out of a field of 274 parkrunners and you came 13th in your age category VW45-49. You can view the full set of results here. Your PB at Reading remains 34:25. Your best time this year remains 34:25.