Parkrun And Still Smiling..

Last Saturday we visited a Country park to try a different Parkrun event we had not tried before. 

Way back around 11 years ago when I first started running, I did my first ever race here. I remembered the course perfect. Never racing before at the time I remember how beautiful the the course was around a really big lake. That was a 6 miles race then, and after I finished I told my husband “It was the hardest thing I had ever done”. Even though it was nice a easy flat course and I told him “I would never run again”…

After a lot of cakes and a few days rest, I did get back into running..

11 years on and with 2 marathons under my belt, 3 miles is hard work for me at the minute. Does running ever get easier? Anyhow me, my second oldest son and my 11 year old did the Parkrun. It was pefect weather for running faster. Cool and overcast. Much better this time around doing 5km rather than 10km distance. My 17 year old set off at the front with about 6 other men and me and my 11 year old son set off together. Nice running, breathing and staying together, watching all the other runners along the way.  Then at mile one it was time for my son to leave me and went off in front. 

So speedy…He left my sight in a matter of minutes. Me plodding along fast!?! well fast for me. I got to around 2 miles and day dreaming looking around the big pond and I could just make out the finish line. Wow how long left go !?! It looked like miles… 

Just at that moment I seen my 17 year old sprinting to the end, coming in first with no one behind him.. whoo I wish I was that fast ( I thought) … I wiped a little tear away from my eye, hoping it was him running well and I was not filling up over someone else!! lol (phew it was him) and I carried on running, hoping the finish line would come soon. 

My 11 year old finished 2 minutes before me, which was great. I can not even get him out training in the week either, think he needs to now..He just finds running natural, all my boys do. I wish I did. They take after their dad.

Then eventually I finish in just over 27 minutes…
Wow I did work hard the last bit though…
A man tried to pass me…
No I though…
Tries to sprint…
He was behind me breathing hard..
He made me work hard..
Feel dizzy…
Feel sick ..
But I kept him off.. 

My youngest son watched in amazement..
” Mum I did not know you could run that fast”
I said… and gave him a cheeky wink 😉
So I do have more to give!!

Claire Justine
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  1. Elegance and Mommyhood
    28 September 2014 / 8:08 AM

    Good for you running as a family. I am not a runner at all though 5 km is not too much. I wish. =(

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28 September 2014 / 11:05 AM

      Thanks Ada, I love 5km as just as I get tired I only have half way to go again 🙂

  2. Coombe Mill
    27 September 2014 / 4:46 PM

    Well done you! I hope you have the running bug now, so good for you and the children too. Mine love to come for a run with me.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28 September 2014 / 11:05 AM

      Thanks Fiona, my I wish I could keep up with my boys 🙂

  3. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    27 September 2014 / 3:11 PM

    Wow! Good for you!!! You're an inspiration!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28 September 2014 / 11:04 AM

      Aww thanks Heather 🙂