Today I completed my 100th parkrun. Over 3 years, at 9 different parkruns, in 3 different countries, I have clocked up 500km.
parkrun has changed my life, at 50 I am fitter than I have ever been. While I used to struggle to run 500m, this year I have completed four 10km runs, 2 of which I ran the entire way.
I have found strength and endurance in myself that I never knew I had. But most importantly, I have found the most amazing group of people in my running friends. When you are a runner, it doesn’t matter how much you earn, or what you do for a living. It doesn’t matter what your political views are or where you live. It doesn’t matter if you are fast, or slow, or somewhere in between. What matters is the joy you get from running.
Don’t get me wrong, running isn’t easy, even the most brilliant runners push through pain and ebbs and flows in times and distances. Running can be really hard. But that’s exactly why I love it. Each run has its own challenge either physically, psychologically or emotionally. Even when you’ve run the same run loads of times, each run is never quite the same. And that’s what I love about running, the challenge during and the feeling of accomplishment after.
Oh and the runners high ain’t bad either. Thanks to all my running friends who continue to amaze and inspire me. And a huge thanks to those gorgeous people who took the time to come and support me this morning. I am truly Blessed
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