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Parkrun? Fabulous Tales of the Unexpected! ❤️


Hi Runners

I got up this morning and decided, on impulse, to go to Parkrun! 5k will shift some cobwebs and running amongst others would keep me going, given my off/on running schedule!

Early to the venue! ✅

Parking ✅

Runners ❌......⁉️= No Parkrun! (Explains that previous ✅😂)

So, it’s a run my way! Another impromptu adventure! 😆 The current title of this post is far too mystical! I should have given this post the title, “Fabulous Tales of the Unprepared”! 😂😉! However, lots of things in life don’t go to plan.

It was quite hard to get into the zone, after trying to avoid a big puddle on the trail, but finding my shoes filled up by water from the pool disguised in the grass 🥴. I was lapped by a couple of runners too. Actually it felt like I was lapped by every runner out there this morning. 🤔 Maybe, I wasn’t the only one who thought Parkrun was on today. Still, I did get into the zone in the end! It was a slow run and despite the heavy winds blowing sideways, I got the headspace I wanted.

The feeling of satisfaction is now kicking in. I’m not comparing this run with any other, because every run is so different. This is certainly my first muddy run! I’m not sure I’ll be able to save the socks! 😂 But run I did! Time for a hot shower! 🚿 That will do until another day! 😁!

Happy running Runners! ❤️

49 Replies

Ace..go you..first to the finish line..the Park to yourself...wonderful!

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

😂 thanks Oldfloss! I was first to the finish line! Good point! 😎 I just had to take a different route to the few other runners to get there! 👍🏽! 🤣🤣❤️


Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Time_to_run

😉 it’s all about how you choose to look at it! 😂❤️


Keep smiling ☺

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

Always Gazloc!! I got there and I ran! 🤩❤️



U could have easily got back in the car!


Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Deals1

Thanks Deals! Yes, that’s true. In for a penny! 😉❤️

You are a brave soul Fabulous. That wind is pretty fierce. Of all the days to get out there too! Hope your feet dry out soon and save those socks. Poor things deserve a second run at least 😂

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Wimborne

😂 thanks so much Wimborne! Couldn’t allow my impromptu effort to go to waste! Feet are now fresh from a nice hot shower! Socks?.....I’m not holding much hope for them! 🤣❤️


Well done Fab, you could easily have jumped back in the car and gone for a bacon sarnie or something! 👏👏👏 You have willpower clearly. 👊

Why no parkrun? The wind maybe? You laugh in the face of wind! 💨💨💨 Ours was on, and I did ok today. Our wind helped us up the hill a bit - but hampered the lovely freewheeling down again. Oh well ....... But Fab, we ran! 👏👏👏

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hi Cheeky! I’ve looked now ☺️ and it was due to Canicross using the park. I don’t even know what that is 😂! The wind was sideways on all the way, so no such luck with the extra push! 🙄! But hey, I had still had my own personal Parkrun! 😍❤️

cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Haha! I bet you had a great time, and the wind is .... umm .... character building! 💨💨💨💨

Canicross is cross country running with your dog(s). I think you can run with two. 🏃‍♀️🐕 🐕 . But I think it’s pretty hardcore, so my dog and I are happy pootling round parkrun! 😀

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Ah I did see a small group with dogs having a warm up chat no doubt. 😁 There wasn’t many though. So not much takers!! ❤️

cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Sensible souls stayed home. Unlike us bonkers runners! 😅😅


We had a few extra runners at Marlborough this morning as Lydiard had no parkrun. Was a very windy one again!

I love a muddy run!!

Glad you enjoyed it at the end!!

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Ang33333

Thanks Ang! I’m glad I didn’t know it wasn’t on, that might have been too a good excuse to leave running until ‘next week’! 😉❤️


Well done fab, 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️at least you got a parking space 🚗🚗

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Tinker5393

You’re so right Tinker! 🤗 And it was a free one too! 🤩❤️


Well done Fabulous! As you say, every run is different but imo the muddy ones are the best! 🙂👍

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you!!🤗 It wasn’t too bad Sandra! You’ve just got to tackle getting back into the car and the house with it! 😂😂❤️

Sandraj39Ambassador in reply to Fabulous450

Oh, I am very well practised at the muddy ones, as the trails are where I love to run ( luckily I have a downstairs shower and don't have to get in a car afterwards!). The more muddy I return home, the better the run! 😀


Always an adventure! Great job persevering though. X

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Thanks Sybilw! I think I’d be bored if it was any other way! It’s perfect for keeping life a little light hearted and laughing about how imperfect things can sometimes be! We survive!! ❤️


Yay go you Fabz!👊 I love love love the way life is fluid, and sometimes we set an intention without reason or knowing what the outcome will be 🦋 You made 2 great choices: showing up and committing to your run 🙌 That's another run in the bag, and you're feeling fab!❤️ Well done you 🤗🦋❤️

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Flaraflarkin

Thanks so much Flar! 🦋 I agree life is fluid and when we try to make it concrete, it simply does not comply! 😂! I am so glad that I got out there. I got out before the rain too! Result! We're still running Flar! 😁That still feels amazing! ❤️

Hats off to you! I can’t bring myself to run in this weather. My local Parkrun had driving rain and 52mph winds this morning, and if I run along the prom at home I chance loosing the skin off of my face as the wind and sandy beaches really are a deadly combination at the moment.

I applaud your determination 👏

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to JanB76

Hey Jan! 👋🏽 Thank you! It was very windy, but definetly not as bad as you would be running in. The rain has been pouring down since, so it was good timing. I guess I struck it lucky today after all. 😁❤️


I love reading your posts. Well done for getting out there in this weather 👏👏😁

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Shakywakey

Hi Shakeywakey! Thank you! 🤗 My running memoirs warts and all! 📝😂 Proof you don't need to be perfect to run! Just go for it and have fun! 😉❤️

It could only happen to you! 😂😂 you might have guessed something was strange when you could park! Well done for running your run your way with soggy socks and for never being put off whatever the runs throw at you!! 👍🏻😊😊

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Bridget007

😂😂😂! Ah Bridget you’re so right! And I still loved it, soggy socks and all!! 😂🥰❤️

Very well done for sloshing your way through the run anyway! 👏👏

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to ktsok

Ah thank you ktsok! 😁! I've learnt a new skill, puddle jumping, shame I wasn't too good at it though! ❤️


Canicross in the park.

Well done getting it all right and then getting a run in regardless!

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes UNM! Fancy that eh? Everything charged up, arrived on time, parking and then no Parkrun! 😂! Oh the joy of an unplanned run! ❤️


Ah! Sorry Fabulous- should have messaged you - there was Cani-cross yesterday so Parkrun was cancelled. It’s been mentioned regularly at briefings and on the FB page but shame we missed each other! I’m wondering what to do for a long run today - working this morning/lunchtime but got the afternoon to put some miles on the legs 🤔

seaspaniel in reply to Equi-geek

How about a freedom run somewhere new?

Equi-geekGraduate10 in reply to seaspaniel

Yes- I was wondering about going around the Cotswold water park lakes. Usually do 11km on Saturday inc Parkrun so want to try a similar distance close to home but a bit of a different route to freshen up the brain a bit 🤣

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Equi-geek

Ah Equi no worries, it doesn’t matter. I got to run and if I knew that it wasn’t on, who knows if I would have gone out at all! I’m definitely ok with the unexpected. 😂😂! I hope you found a lovely place to run. I love Coate Water Park and would recommend it! ❤️

And nip into Cotswold Outdoor for additional Lycra


Sounds like a wonderful run, Fabsy - every run is an adventure x

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to FlickM3

👋🏽 👋🏽 Hey Flick! It is an adventure. It’s like my very own little Krypton Factor sometimes, but I work it out in the end!! 😂❤️


Well done Fab for not just getting back in the car👏👏🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ Sounds like a lovely run too. You certainly did better than I did - I got as far as looking out of the window and went back to bed with a mug of tea 😂

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Hi Sandie!! Thank you!! 🤗 I was out early enough to miss the worst of it. It was non stop rain and wind after I got home. Quite fortunate really! 😂😉❤️.

Hi fab ...well done for getting out there 🏃🏃your posts are truly inspiring ....all the best on your journey 😊😊

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Myrar

👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽! Myrar!! Thank you! 🤗! And always to you too! 🥰❤️

Myrar in reply to Fabulous450

Thank u ..ive just started back at it w3r2 getting there again 🏃🏃👍

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Myrar

Go Myrar!! There’s nothing quite like the programme to get regular runs in! That’s brilliant news! Have lots of fun Myrar! 😁😍❤️

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