In 2015 when I started this journey I didn’t know anyone at parkrun, and I was 30kg heavier! I didn’t think I’d make it 5km. Today I completed my 50th parkrun at Hervey Bay, surrounded by friends I’ve met along the way that have become family. Still wondered if I’d actually make it and still have at least a further 30kg I need to lose.
There have been a few hiccups along the way, and having a child with complex medical needs does kinda dictate our life, but we’ve learnt it doesn’t define us.
The sleep deprivation is the hardest, to overcome. Dragging your butt out of bed after 4 or 5 hours sleep is worth it, as nothing compares to the endorphins of hitting a PB at parkrun. Or even just the hugs of good friends.
We often refer to parkrun as our family, there are so many amazing people who are part of this family. And each and every week there are new friends to meet.
Today my family surrounded me, they walked slower than normal or they finished their run and came back to walk back with me. Thanks to parkrun we have made lifelong friends, met a support network of inspiring people. It has opened a new world where we look at fun runs AS FUN!!!
My goal is still to eventually run all or part of our course. Even if it takes another 50 parkruns.
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