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Happy birthday parkrun!

Katnap profile image
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I always walk before I crawl.

Will I ever learn?

Today was a W4R3 for me today but I changed my mind.

Because it was cold and wet?

Nah... I put on compression leggings and top and extra layers in the form of a loose running top and shorts. Finished off with a neck warmer and a baseball cap to keep the rain out of my eyes. No rainproofs.

Actually my other half was doing her 10th parkrun coinciding with parkrun's 14th anniversary. So I decided what a fantastic way to break my parkrun virginity.

Has anyone mentioned it was wet this morning? πŸ˜ΈπŸ’¦πŸ’§πŸ’¦β˜”

This was my first wet weather run.

And my first parkrun.

And it was awesome! πŸ˜ΈπŸ†πŸ˜Έ

Our local is 3 laps.

Lap 1 was great. Shuffling along nicely. Thanking the soggy marshals 😸 and running next to my beloved,chatting away.

No problems.

Lap 2 - also went well. Cannot believe we were getting lapped so soon into lap 2! Still OK and keeping up with Mrs Kaunas.

Lap 3 was difficult. I wanted to stop and walk but I wasn't sure I would be able to get going again. Mrs Katnap stayed with me and we crossed the line hand in hand. πŸ˜ΈπŸ’‘πŸ˜Έ

I'm delighted to have completed my first parkrun today. Supporting Mrs Katnap (although I think I should say she was supporting me) and celebrating parkrun's birthday by taking part.

Back to the plan now. I don't want to be on the injury couch!

Happy running everyone! πŸ˜ΈπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ˜Έ

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cheekychipmunks profile image

Brilliant! πŸ‘ And did I read correctly that you were β€˜chatting away’ whilst running?! Kudos. I haven’t tried, but that’s because I know I’d be monosyllabic! πŸ˜…

Isn’t parkrun fun? It’s an addiction, and I can’t wait for next week.

Have fun on the rest of the programme. Something tells me you’ll be smashing it big style! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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KatnapGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Feeling it the morning after!

I have yer to attempt the stairs... πŸš‘

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Katnap

(Slide down on your backside maybe?) πŸ˜…

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KatnapGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

I've done that before. And not all that long ago! 😸

But I can't slide up again...

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cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Katnap

I’d be mighty impressed seeing anyone who could! πŸ˜€

Beanjo profile image

Fantastic Katnap πŸ‘πŸ‘. Very impressed that you ran and chatted at the same time πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

I still haven’t ventured to a parkrun yet but everyone’s enthusiasm for them on here is convincing me that it’s definitely something worth doing

Now go and smash week 5 and you’ll be on that podium before you know it 😊

Happy running πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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KatnapGraduate in reply to Beanjo

Eldest Katnap kitten is getting the running bug too.

He actually said he 'enjoyed' his W4R3!


TailChaser profile image

It was an honour to run with you Katnap and it was especially lovely to cross the line hand in hand. No way I was going to leave your side. You really are going to smash it once you graduate.

So glad you’re feeling ok πŸ€—

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KatnapGraduate in reply to TailChaser

Thank you TailChaser! Hopefully both our kittens will be joining us soon πŸ”œ 😸😸

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TailChaserGraduate in reply to Katnap

I hope so. That will be a crossing line to remember 😻

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Dexy5 profile image

Well done Katnap, We will let you off for breaking away from the c25k programme for parkrun this once, especially as you were in such capable hands. It was great that you and your lovely TailChaser could run it together - that is what parkrun is all about. Hoping your kittens will also be joining you soon. 🐯🐯🐯🐯

Luckily the rain fell after our parkrun finished but it was a bit chilly.

Happy birthday parkrun. I even recruited to more members while marshalling.

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KatnapGraduate in reply to Dexy5

The rain didn't stop but I didn't notice 😸

Marcia-H profile image

Awe well done and crossing the line hand in hand πŸ’• awe too cute 😊

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KatnapGraduate in reply to Marcia-H

Just need to add 2x kittens for the next one!

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Marcia-HGraduate in reply to Katnap


That’s great Katnap well done on your first park run, good for you getting stuck in even though it was chucking it down πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ it’ll be great to watch how you progress on the course next time when you’re further ahead! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ nice that you were able to run with your other half too - spot on!

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KatnapGraduate in reply to

Thanks ThunderSloth. I'm waiting for a ticking off from an administrator for potentially taking myself closer to a stint on the injury couch!

I will be relieved to go back to 7.5 to 8 minutes per km or whatever energetic shuffle my legs will let me do...

Haha! πŸ˜‚ you might get away with it this once as it was a special anniversary πŸ€” either be good ...or keep it schtum from now on, or you’ll be back to the cattery 😾

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KatnapGraduate in reply to

And wearing a lampshade! 😸

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TailChaser profile image

Ooh look, it’s going to be your Parkrunniversary tomorrow Katnap !

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KatnapGraduate in reply to TailChaser

A naughyversary too! I was supposed to be doing W4R3 of the C25K 😁

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