This morning was my second shift volunteering at parkrun, in the hope that Madam had a better run without my presence.
Being at the end definitely gave me a different perspective on park run. I watched several runners turn up late (run had started), run to start and still get a good time (got to hate these people). I took great comfort from the fact that there are some runners who finish in a worse state than me, snot, spit, sweat everywhere, least I carry a hankie! I managed to give everyone a token without hiccup and the timers tally was the same as mine, which is always a good sign!
Madam had a much better run, her time was not a PB but was a lot better than last weeks effort and she enjoyed it-hooray-success all round. Now how to get it that we both have a good run? Any ideas gratefully received.
Unfortunately I still had a run to do. I headed out for my longest run for a while, 9 miles completed. Always amazed by how my legs can manage the miles after a little break from the distance, thank you legs.
Although the weather is less than satisfactory today I have tried not to moan about the cold, wind and rain, This is because Calgary, a city dear to my heart, a city I lived in for 10 years, has had terrible flooding. This has caused the downtown core to be closed, 100,000 people to be evacuated and of course the floods have caused huge devastation, both in Calgary and other towns in Alberta. Last night I spent some time on the web in awe of the photos and coverage, astounded by what has happened. This is not a third world country this is happening too, but whether you are rich or poor, live in a million dollar house or a shack, if you lose everything it is the same for you both, the heart ache and shock is the same. Banff’s (an hour away in the Rockies) first marathon has had to be cancelled as the flooding up there has washed away the Highway leaving no way in or out. The Calgary Stampede is due to start in less than two weeks, right now the grounds are under water. The beloved Saddledome (home to 1988 winter Olympic events) has water up to the 10th row of seats, but I have no doubt that the ‘show will go on’.