1st June + Saturday = parkrun

Today’s venue was some 200 miles away from our local parkrun as we drove up to Essex last night for the weekend. Chance for madam and I to be parkrun tourists and to meet up with some friends who do this 5k most weeks.

The morning did not start too well with me discovering I had not brought along a running top. Not as disastrous as it might have been had I forgot my sports bra, or trainers but not great nevertheless. Hubby came to the rescue with the loan of his vest t-shirt, not perfect but better than anything I had. Other choices on offer were my VLM finisher T-shirt, my Dad’s Belgrave Harriers shirt or his Olympic vest all rejected due to me not wanting to be a poser or to intimidate the locals!

We arrived waaaaaay too early but chatted to a lady who usually does the run but today was a volunteer as in the afternoon was taking part in a triathlon, brave lady.

Madam’s school friends soon turned up and she was pleased to see them. My lovely, speedy, Essex running buddy appeared true to form with seconds to spare! Great to see her. Fellow VLM finisher and her twins appeared to cheer us off, which was a lovely surprise.

Then we were off. It was a flat route taking in the cycle paths in town that I have run on more times than I care to think of usually passing the down and outs drinking out of brown paper bags, none of those today though either that or I was going so fast they passed in a blur! On the home stretch a runner came up beside me and told me I was breathing easier now, oh god I thought I must have been doing my puffing billy impersonation again. I told him it was my anaemia! We chatted, well to be more accurate I panted, he used to live in Chelmsford and now lives in Newcastle and was down for the weekend. He headed off leaving me to breathe heavily!

I was cheered over the line by everyone who had finished before me which was nice. I will look forward to repeating the experience next weekend and of course hopefully to get a PB!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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9 Responses to 1st June + Saturday = parkrun

  1. fortnightflo says:

    Ah Shame I wasn’t there this weekend. Are you in Chelmsford again next weekend? I could be….

  2. abradypus says:

    A perfect start to Juneathon. Except for the whole leaving your top at home thing.

  3. Red Hen says:

    You could’ve run in your sports bra of course!;-)
    Anaemia causes shortness of breath?I hate when I breath heavily too.Tension makes me do that.

  4. Red Hen says:

    Haha! I know exactly what you mean. On both counts! And I`m referring to me, not you. I`d hang out more and my girl would be even more mortified!

  5. Helen says:

    Well done on the Park Run though! Shame about the top though – I did similar thing once with my bowling clothing. Oops.

  6. plustenner says:

    where in Chelmsford is the parkrun?

  7. Was super lovely to see you and the Madam 🙂 realised how much I miss having my running buddy, especially one who can make amazing cakes (and rhubarb pie 😉 ! Next Saturday a bigger posse! woohoo xx and then a coach trip to Killerton for all your virtual running buddies me thinks!

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