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!