Three years ago I walked the Hollyford Track with the help of Voltaren and Panadol. I was used to being active – walking, running and cycling were regular activities, but these were becoming more and more difficult with a rapidly deteriorating hip joint and debilitating arthritis pain. That same year I supported my daughter for 4 months while she went through cancer treatment. The several flights of stairs in her house caused me agonising pain. It was a tough time, both physically and mentally.
Two years ago I had surgery to replace my hip joint. The procedure went well and I did everything I could (all of the prescribed exercises and more) to hasten my recovery.
Then there was parkrun! I walked my first parkrun about three months after my surgery. It was hard and slow, and I felt sick for the rest of the day. Maybe it was just a bit too soon. I waited a couple of weeks and had another go. I did it a bit faster.
Over the next 2 years I worked at getting better times, walking some parkruns on the Sunshine Coast, as well as the inaugural Palmerston North and Gisborne events. Then, last September, I thought it might be time to jog a little bit. (Don’t tell the surgeon). I gradually built up the jogging distances and the PBs kept coming! Now I can run 5kms without stopping.
I have just celebrated my 50th parkrun with another PB, and my hip is great. I can say conclusively that parkrun has been instrumental in my rehabilitation, and without parkrun I would not have had such a successful and complete recovery.
Please remember the South Island parkruns of Dunedin, Balclutha, Invercargill, Queenstown and Wanaka parkruns have changed to the winter start time of 9am. New parkrun event: Hobsonville Point (Auckland) – 18th May 2019 Cancellations: Puarenga (Rotorua) – 4th May 2019 Queenstown – 22nd June (Winterfest) Queenstown – 16th November (Queenstown Marathon) Upcoming Anniversaries: Tauranga - April…
Congrats to this awesome couple, completing their 50th parkrun each today! Well done Warren & Sharon Patterson! Palmerston North parkrun Champions.. huge congratulations! – Jackie Welsh Congratulations great effort that you have shared. Proud of you both – Valerie Kent Thanks parkrun family…couldn’t do it without you all – Warren Patterson Thanks parkrun,…