During the long lockdown weeks in Melbourne, Julie Boyd completed a book – ‘The Rise and Fall(s) of a Would Be Runner, a mature aged woman’s running-related travel tales’
It is a collection of stories taking the reader through the highs, lows, misfortunes and successes of training and participating in organised marathons, solo runs, hikes across the globe and parkrun.
After my 100th parkrun I was motivated to get to 250, planning the date when I thought I would reach the milestone, but that was prior to the arrival of COVID 19. Suddenly my goal was put on hold, as was the culminating chapter in the book I was writing. I wanted the final chapter to be a major event, perhaps my first ultra, but with group running cancelled I decided to end the book with the saga of Coronavirus.
parkrun has been a major part of my training since joining in 2015. My parkrun journey has given me the opportunity to make new friends and be inspired by others to set and achieve personal goals.
The majority of my now 108 runs have been at my local venue, Albert Park, but I have also enjoyed participating and socialising at other Aussie parkruns and also in Sweden and Singapore. It was great to catch up with a friend that I had met running in Australia in her home town of Gothenburg. She had never been to her local parkrun but because I wanted to go she decided to come along. She was first female home and I was second – what a duo!
Currently my parkrun highlights, (apart from the above), include reaching 50 runs in July 2018; 100 runs in January 2020 and a personal best time of 21:38 (but that was back in 2016 – down to 24:03 this morning).
When training for a marathon I often incorporate parkrun into a longer distance. I’m not sure whether I enjoy running the 5km at the beginning of a 20km run or at the end – at the beginning, I am fresh to do my best, but maybe I put too much effort in and that makes the next 15km more difficult. At the end, I will not achieve my best time, but I get the support of other parkrunners to see me through to the last kilometres.
My 108th parkrun was my daughter’s first. I hope she has found some inspiration from my running memoirs and I would love to enthuse others to take up running.
The book can be purchased online through Amazon or Book Depository or direct by contacting Julie via email.
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