1. Tell us a bit about yourself Erin
Hi parkrunners, my name is Erin Rabiatul Charmein (such a long name I know). People usually call me Erin. An introvert but sometimes an extrovert that loves KPOP, travel, languages, sports and food. (especially dessert).Definitely tough on the outside but soft on the inside kind of person. My family, close friends, cats and KPOP are my world.
2. How did you find out about parkrun?
I found out about parkrun from my mother. I had heard of parkrun earlier but it never crossed my mind to actually get involved. My uncle Ibrahim helped print out my barcode. This was my first experience at running 5km, with almost 8 years of not doing any sports prior to this… I literally almost died but my mother who had completed her run, came running next to me and kept cheering me on. That boosted my energy and made me finish my first 5km. I also witnessed senior parkrunners that completed the 5km faster than me. They made me think; if they can run faster, why can’t I? It definitely motivated me to want to run faster and better.
3. What do you like most about parkrun?
I want to travel the world someday. At parkrun I can meet people from different countries and different backgrounds which helps me to widen my acquaintances. I love the fact that I get to spend my Saturday morning sharing / exchanging tips on running, running events, running style with family and my parkrun friends. Sometimes, there are themes for the event, so it makes it more fun and enjoyable. And sometimes there are treats too HAHA! I remember those delicious brownies and Gingerbread baked by Mr. Gandhi and his family.
4. What impact does parkrun have for you and your family?
I used to be a sportsperson back in high school but I stopped. Then, I tore the soft tissue on my right knee and I suddenly wanted to be the ‘old’ fit and healthy Erin again. My mother is an avid runner and is the core reason I joined parkrun. I want to spend quality time and make memories with her while doing things we enjoy. parkrun is my first baby steps to a fitter Erin Rabiatul Charmein that can go on to complete other running distances.
5. How would you encourage newcomers to try parkrun?
I usually share snippets on parkrun on my Instagram stories every Saturday and I encourage my friends to join. I tell them the most important thing is you won’t be the last person and it’s free of charge. It’s definitely fun and rewarding.
6. What (if any) are your personal ambitions in parkrun ?
I hope that more people will turn up and grab the chance as this event is free and has zero pressure and a healthy competition within yourself to be better each week. It’s a great initiative to start a healthier lifestyle so come join and, as they say, the more the merrier.
7. It is great that you keep coming to parkrun during Ramadan and that you chose to volunteer. Can you share a bit about that?
Ramadan, which is a fasting month for Muslims, shouldn’t be an excuse to be a couch potato. You can still maintain your active lifestyle but do it moderately or slightly lesser than your normal days. It all depends on your body. I won’t deny that it’s challenging but with discipline and moderation, one will get through it because that’s is the true meaning of Ramadan. Fasting helps Muslims develop self-control, to be thankful for what God has given us and also have greater compassion towards those less fortunate.
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