After foolishly taking a break for the winter (and some of the Spring), I’m back, running 3 times a week and just yesterday ran my first 10k of the year. I’ll soon be back to where I was last year.
Lots has happened, firstly and sadly I lost my dad, he was only 63 and died of a lung condition that had robbed him of his ability to exercise, walk, hike and do all the outdoor things that he loved to do. Knowing that he wasn’t doing so good I went to Morecambe to see him in January, the last thing he said was ‘next time I sithee, I’ll be racing thee t’seafront’ (he was the most Yorkshire Yorkshireman ever) I wish this could have happened, he passed away on April 7th.
The day after the funeral me, my excercise-hating sister and her 3 kids did Lancaster parkrun, I took mum to watch and we had a great time; blue skies, stunning views and lots of laughs. Dad would have loved it, the looks on their faces when they realised it was 2 laps and they had to go round again, the relief when they realised they weren’t in last place, the joy when my 2 neices finished 1st and 2nd in their age category (yep they were the only 2). Lancaster is a really scenic parkrun, set in hilly Williamson Park with the iconic Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House and views over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District.
Williamson Park – Lancaster
I’m doing Upton Park (Slough) parkrun this coming Saturday and my sister, the kids and some of their friends are joining in too.
So what else happened….
I beat my Parkrun PB at Maidenhead by 4 seconds (my previous PB was the day I ran a marathon distance, and I was perfectly fuelled for 26 miles so 5km was a breeze).
I came across a dead dog when running by the river, a grizzly find that I reported to the police who subsequently found more animal bones.
I developed a real intolerance for ‘vapers’, people puffing out huge clouds of apple flavour crap, I hate running through that just as much as smoke, yeah I’m a grumpy old woman!
A squirrel fell out of a tree and splattered on the floor in front of me, not sure if it died and fell or fell and died.
I booked trips to Malta, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur – pleeeeaaaase can someone get Parkrun ‘up and running’ before I go (October).
I stuck an application in for the 2018 London Marathon, not sure what my odds are but I’m toying with the idea of running for the British Lung Foundation. We’ll see. I don’t think I know enough people to raise the required amount.
I’m still listening to podcasts while running… Running Commentary – Rob Deering and Paul Tonkinson. If you haven’t listened, I really recommend it. Babysitting Trevor with Carl Donnelly, Chris Martin and Trevor Crook. Walking The Dog with Emily Dean. Justin Moorhouse – About 30 Minutes No More Than 45. Elis James and John Robins on Radio X.
I’ve been fully appreciating everything that spring running has to offer from daffodils to bluebells to cygnets and ducklings and I love running in the rain, which is good as we’re having tonnes of it at the moment.
‘Sunny Morecambe’ – RIP Michael