My dog Heidi and I really love running the (not)parkrun.
It really keeps you motivated every week to go run a few times a week to feel great and improve your time. Thank you!
When lockdown started, and we were not allowed to leave the house for exercise, I started doing 5km around our property and logging my times. Then I found out about (not)parkrun, and started logging my times there.
Even now, when we are permitted to leave our homes for exercise, I prefer to use my own “garden route”, being safer and more convenient, although I still occasionally use my original “outside route” for a change.
The above photo is of part of the home route – showing the worn groove in the grass!
I did my first parkrun at Botanical Gardens in 2015, walking all the way, in a time of 01:06:53. I split my parkruns between Botanical Gardens, Valhalla and Voortrekker Monument, but Voortrekker was my favourite until it closed for a while.
I had to take most of 2018 off due to a foot injury, but when I started again in 2019, I realised I could complete my 100th parkrun by the end of the year, which I did at Voortrekker, which is now my home parkrun, at the last parkrun of the year.
I’ve now completed 108 parkruns at 15 different venues, and was working towards parkrun tourist status of 20 different parkruns when parkrun was suspended due to COVID-19. Venue highlights are the vineyards at Root 44 in Stellenbosch, the beaches at Uvongo and Umhlanga and the cows at Hazeldean. My best time is 52:17 at Voortrekker Monument, and my goal for when parkrun returns is to get under 50 mins.
My advice to other parkrunners starting out, or coming back from injury, is run when you can, jog when you can’t run, and walk when you can’t jog, but NEVER stop on a hill – just keep plodding. Thank you to all the volunteers who make parkrun possible – I’ve only volunteered once so far with my friend Helen, but we plan to do more when parkrun returns.
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