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Has Michael Mueller completed the world’s first (not)parkrun while in hotel quarantine?

 

Returning to Australia and completing quarantine at a hotel on the Gold Coast, Michael didn’t let the confines of his room stop him from getting 5km of exercise in each day.

 

After countless flight cancellations and a stay of almost one year, I recently managed to return from Germany, my country of origin and had to spend the mandatory two weeks in hotel quarantine.

 

My room was quite large and all I needed was a minor furniture shift.

 

I am a bass-clarinet player, so with the case of my instrument (83cm long) I measured about nine metres distance from the turning point at the door, through the short corridor, along the wall and window to the other turning point.

 

After a few tries, I worked out I was averaging between 70 and 74 laps of  2×9=18m every 10 minutes. Eventually it was#parkrunday! I ran from 10.47 to 11.29am (sorry, no normal 7am start).

 

I ran for 42min, longer than necessary, to be absolutely sure I covered 5km.

 

The hard thing about the L-shaped course was not so much the running itself but the constant turning and stopping. To cope with this (and for easier acceleration) I automatically kept running on my forefoot which worked well for the entire distance because I frequently do trail runs and this is how you usually run when the terrain is getting steep.

 

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Predictably, I had issues with my hips and knees for a few weeks after this run and temporarily had to significantly reduce effort, distances and frequency of my runs.

 

But now, fully recovered, I am happily back running in the hills and back at my home parkrun in Stanthorpe.

 

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Michael Mueller

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