I’ll start by apologising for the inevitable long post. I’m not good at being concise!
Two years ago on this very day I downloaded the C25K app onto my phone, picked MJ to guide me through, and shuffled my way through W1R1. A then 54 year old mum of 3 who’d never even run at school - only an ill-conceived 5k fun run - it wasn’t! - about 20 years beforehand. But my journey had begun. I remember feeling “part of the gang” shuffling my 1 minute intervals as the “real” runners on the Downs in Bristol glided by. 🏃♀️🏃♂️🏃♀️🏃♂️🏃♀️🏃♂️
I followed C25K to the letter and didn’t miss a beat. I loved it, graduating on August 18th proud as punch. 🏅🎉
Parkrun soon followed. Eastville Park in Bristol was my local PR of choice, although closer to my home is Ashton Court. Brilliant occasionally, but it’s home of “The Hill” (2.5k) and not to be taken lightly! My little Lab, Flossie, accompanies me on most of my runs, and she and I were awarded “Volunteers of the Year for Bar(k)code Scanning” last year! 😅🐾🐕🏃♀️ I also helped celebrate Eastville’s first and second birthdays, wearing an elephant ONEsie and a “two-two” respectively!
PR tourism had (and will be again) a huge part of my life and I’ve met many VRBs from these forums who’ve become firm ARB’s. A few of the regulars in our growing posse are Dexy5, UpTheStanley, Sandie1961, TailChaser and Katnap - but there are many more and you know who you are. ❤️ It has been an absolute pleasure to meet you, and I hope you’ll agree we’ve had a ton of fun. Last year I drove countless miles on Saturday mornings and hope we can do it again before tooooo long. 🤞I’m really missing it. 😩
Last year I ran my first ever races too. The Bristol 10k, the Bristol Race for Life 10k, the Severn Bridge 10k (27 degrees 🥵) and the 10 mile Great South Run. I also worked my way up to running HM distance in September 2019, in readiness for the Bath HM on March 15th - except it ended up being a virtual race as I chose not to attend. Instead I ran 13.1 miles through the streets of Bristol wearing my race bib and my Alzheimer’s Society Bath HM top. I’d ironed on the words “For Mum” as I’d lost her to old age and dementia in October. It was very poignant, as although it was lashing with rain, cars were honking their horns at me, and other runners doing the same all smiled and gave virtual high fives! ❤️❤️ We were duly awarded our medals and finishers tops by Bath which was lovely. 😀
I also ran this year’s Bristol 10k virtually and got the all important bling, as well as the London Vitality 10000 - who didn’t offer bling. Meanies!! 😅
So, here’s to another year of running “with” all you wonderful people. It’s such fun posting on here, and reading the adventures of others. I shall chip away slowly at my lowly PBs (33:15 5k, 1:16:20 10k and maybe even my HM time of 2:55:17), but speed isn’t my priority. What is, is running for fun, and I’ll continue doing so as long as my body will allow me to. It’s the bonus of leisurely paced running I guess - all I’ve suffered injury-wise is a broken toe caused by .... yoga! 😅
Sorry about the waffle! You’re all to blame as you’ve all been so supportive! ❤️