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News - 5th June 2019

Feeling like a different person

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Samantha Smith decided to take the plunge and finally register for parkrun whilst sat in the waiting room at her local medical practice.

 

Three months on, she tells us about her journey to Conkers parkrun, and why she now feels like a different person…

 

What made me consider running 5k every week? I had always known about our local parkrun but I was too scared to participate because I am not a runner, I’m asthmatic and have joint hypermobility.

 

Funnily enough, I was sat in Heartwood Medical Practice watching the waiting room’s television and a parkrun advert appeared. The following week I registered for Conkers parkrun! I have continued to take part when I can and now I am able to run without using my inhaler every so often.

 

It may sound sudden, as I have only been attending Conkers parkrun since March, but I am so much fitter, my head is a lot clearer, I feel like a different person, and it is a fantastic place to relieve stress.

 

There are many benefits to exercise but for me, these three are my top choices:

 

  1. The atmosphere and support encourage you to continue and complete the course, even if you want to give up.
  2. My health conditions are getting easier to manage.
  3. Working in an office means I do not get enough vitamin D.

 

Why not join us on Saturday even if it is your first parkrun? If you have an illness that prevents you from exercising please do not give up, walk the course, build up your stamina – it is the best thing I have done this year.

 

I believe you will never look back and if you’re aching on Sunday, that’s fine because you know you have done well! Here is a little poem to inspire you to register:

 

Do not fear,
We are here,
After your first mile,
You’ll be beaming a smile,
Next time you do a parkrun,
You’ll be running under that sun.

 

Samantha Smith


You can find out more about the parkrun practice initiative here.

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