Yesterday I managed to do a pw (personal worst) at my 10th Parkrun (8th at Chelmsford); coming in at 51.07; however in my opinion it is also a pb as this was a true family affair for the reasons below:
I was pushing my Grandson in his cycling buggy (he's just 4 but very tall so too big for his proper rough terrain toddler buggy) and speed walking alongside my younger daughter who was on her NHS c25k w9 r3 graduation run. She ran almost all the way, and was almost 10 minutes inside the 1 hour goal she had set herself; as she is at least 8 stones over her 'ideal' bodyweight she did fantastically well. I was so happy to see her pleased with her achievements, as she has had a hard time with depression and PTSD and has struggled with her body image for a long time- to see her out in such a public arena pushing herself to her absolute limits to get to the end was brilliant; and I was pleased to see a glimpse of her pride in herself afterwards as she finds it hard to accept she is doing something well...
She only decided to enter after watching her hubby run his first Parkrun last week; today he was just 3 seconds outside his time of last week; but he was proud to tell a local shop worker who asked how he is losing so much weight earlier this week that it was down to c25k! He also has body image issues from childhood and has struggled with depression and grief since his Dad died earlier this year; but again the running is helping him focus on achieving goals and being positive for the future.
My eldest daughter, who is about 6 weeks post graduation on c25k, also ran, and took over 3 minutes off her pb to beat mine by 3 seconds GRRRRR!!!! I am now hunting through my diary to find suitable shifts so I can get out there practising and park running to get ahead of her again! I will not be beaten by my age just yet (please!)
Still, I was SO VERY proud of them all; I just had to tell all the volunteers at the finishing tent!
I am so happy that it is all down to my starting C25K last October; completing it and then carrying on with the support of this site and you lovely people; making me fitter, happier and healthier than I have been for about 18 years.
(Oh and 2lbs off this week makes 3 1/2 stone - 49lbs!!!!! Yay!