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.
You may have noticed the parkrun website looks a bit different today. We had hoped to have a brand new website live by now but unfortunately, due to complications in delivery, we haven’t been able to achieve what we wanted. We haven’t changed any of the content or the structure of the site….
Chris Seymour of Queenstown parkrun, Otago, South Island talks about his love of parkrun, Queenstown and running! After moving to Queenstown from Sydney, I was surprised to not find a parkrun in this beautiful town of adventure. After learning about the great running community in Queenstown, I wanted to contribute and kick off parkrun…