I have spent recent weeks reigniting my, I won't say love of running, but perhaps my mild affection of running. It's definitely not the act itself I hold an affection to, but the positive outcomes generated from nearly dying every time I hit the track. I am far from a fast runner but I am consistent and every 5 kilometer run I undertake is an absolute marathon effort to me and I am always proud of myself at the conclusion of the dying for oxygen session. Running for me, is like a meditation, headphones in and one foot in front of the other and off I go, plodding along.
My family and I often participate in Parkrun of a Saturday morning – this is an opportunity for runners of all levels and capabilities to participate in an organised running event which is built on a volunteer based community within the running world. Parkrun is a 5 kilometer timed event, but is not a race type run and is more about sharing the love of running or walking and interacting with other like minded people and encouraging all participants. Prams are welcome, walkers are welcome, children are welcome, dogs are welcome and no-one is left behind. The organisation asks regular runners to volunteer once in a while to hold a position of responsibility so that the event can go ahead each week, these positions may include photographer, timekeeper, tail walker and other numerous positions.
For further details on Parkrun or to register or find your nearest venue go to the following address