Jess Causley is our Event Director at Yamba parkrun and has recently completed her 100th parkrun. Get an insight into her mindset each week at parkrun…
Lead up – parkrun is not a race. I’m not going to race. Not race myself. Not race anyone else. Racing is doing my head in. I’m a long-distance runner, not a speedster. I have reached an age where I am not competitive.
parkrun morning – I don’t feel great. It’s too early. I’m not going to race. I might even walk. It’s not a race.
Ready, set, parkrun – Yay, I love racing. I wonder how fast I can go? I’m feeling fast, let’s smash it.
Km 1 – A speed miracle has happened. Overnight I have turned crazy fast. What a waste it would be to go at a sensible speed when I have been blessed with a miracle.
Km 2 – I settle into a steady pace and life is alright. Not great, but ok. I am working out the speed miracle didn’t happen this time either. Bummer! I can’t really go this fast. It’s
going to end badly and 5 km is a long way. Why am I a marathon runner when I find my second parkrun km tough?
Km 3 – Crap this is tough. I have to walk. I am going to spew up. I might not even finish. I’m going to slow down considerably. Just need to get up Mount parkrun first. Mount
parkrun is a huge mountain, almost trail too. Well, it’s a lawn and Garmin with it’s lies says it’s only a 4 m rise.
Km 4 – Mountain and grass done. That’s nice in my dying state. Might as well keep the speed until the turnaround spot. I’ll sit down for a bit there while I spew. Turnaround point- might as well keep going this whole km as life is hardly worth living anyway.
Km 5 – Whatever happens, do not think past Whiting Beach turnaround. If I can just survive to there I might survive this whole ordeal. At Whiting we only have half a km to go. If you do it at 4 min pace it’s only 2 minutes of pain left. I go hard to finish this crap off.
Finish Line – Oh wow, that was fun. Isn’t it fun to really push myself. This was the highlight of my week. Can’t wait to do it again. I probably could have gone a bit faster, I’ll do that next week. Nothing in life is better than parkrun. Woohoo, I deserve a raspberry spider for breakfast.
Yamba parkrun Event Director
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