Once I had got to a good place I started to think about what I could do with my now, newfound energy, what crazy goal could I set for myself, what would last the longest? I finally came up with a great one, let’s run a half marathon!
After a little break, I found the best trainer for me, for my new goals, one who encouraged me to be fully independent at the gym, he believed in me, he started using equipment that I never believed I would ever be able to use, I started doing independent bench presses, I started doing push-ups on my hands instead of my elbows, a whole new world was opening up to me!
I will pause here to mention, I have no ordinary arms either, they are also extraordinary too! Imagine your arms, cut in half, add an elbow halfway, bend them slightly, now freeze like that forever, also, cut off a finger, and cut your other fingers off a few inches at the top, now you have a picture of my hands and arms.
As you can probably tell by now, I am fiercely independent, super social and have a strong belief in surrounding the world in love and kindness, do unto others as you would want them to do for you. With coming up with this goal, I have ended up with a massive team of friends, new and old, backing my every move, whether it be a running buddy, running programs, but best of all – I have found parkrun!!
parkrun has given me a sense of belonging, I feel like I fit, like a glove that was made especially for me, the people surrounding me are kind and caring and have the most special vibes of acceptance, I have routine and a purpose now to get out of bed every Saturday morning, and the coffee date at the end makes getting a personal best while running, that much sweeter.
Never give up on your hopes and dreams, never give up on life, life is worth living, just ask me!
Peter East and Sally Cooke are the Event Directors of Tauranga parkrun in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Peter became involved with parkrun whilst in the UK where his brother introduced him to Shrewsbury parkrun. On returning to NZ Peter contacted Lian and Noel who put him in touch with Sally and several…
Last weekend saw many Easter Bunnies appearing at different parkruns around the country and much fun was had by all! The second 9am start of the year, rain that stopped in time, and an extra long weekend all came together to entice 178 parkrunners down to the Botanic Garden for Dunedin’s event number…