Well week 5 is in the books! Weirdest day ever, we saw a new record our first Sub 19 runner! Bombed by a fish!, and raining for the first time ever at parkrun, and that did not dampen anyone's spirits.
We have had an amazing group of familiar faces every week and I as get to know you all, and the goals you have all set for yourselves, it keeps me looking forward to helping with those goals in any way I can. Seeing the new parkrunners grow into runners or athletes makes me glad I do this ever week. The seasoned runners setting new goals or training for other season goals also adds to my excitment. parkrun takes me from my business and family and allows me to meet a group of people that truly are excited to be out and running/walking/crawling to the finish line. I said being bombed by a fish, while at the start waiting for all of you I saw some birds swooping and playing in the air and water of the creek. Thought nothing of it, then while looking over at where to place the parkrun teardrop flag i was missed by 2" when they let go of their "Catch of the DAY"
I have already seen major changes in people confidence as they are no longer first timers and their bodies are adapting to the run. I see more people hanging around at the end, today in the rain talking about the run or the workouts this week and the motivation to come back next week. I see Mom/Dads with kids out and being active as a family. It makes my day to see people smile at the start as they arrive knowing that they will test there own limits and make this day a picture in their minds that will last until the next week.
Now on a personal note!
Today was my grandmas 99th birthday and she has walked most of her life, my guess 2-3 miles a day or a parkrun distance. Now i'm not saying that she made it to 99 because she walked but who knows!, The sun and the movement sure didn't hurt. She is well and still takes care of herself in her own home in a little town in southern Saskatchewan. So if you get this fall/winter feeling like its to cold or to wet to go to parkrun, stop yourself and think of Grace Justus 99 if she can get out and go get mail or groceries then you can get up and out to parkrun, you'll be happy you did!
See you all next week!