Concord Parkrun #45

Quit the excuses, there are no excuses run just run and appreciate the course, the weather and the surroundings and enjoy enjoy enjoy. This is the lesson I have learned from 2011.

[headline h=”1″]Bad excuses are worse than none..[sub_title]Thomas Fuller[/sub_title][/headline]

So off to Concord we flew, wheeee, we are going to fly today, traveling the speed of sound. It was no coldplay today it was another park run, where the joggers go round and round and round and round.

Obviously the new year resolution people were still tucked up in bed ensuring their new years’ resolution of not doing a park run every week in 2012 was still going strong. Well done people for staying in bed. Meanwhile 20 or so of us battled the park at Concord Sports Centre.

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.[sub_title]Jules Renard

It was a two lap course, with a good downhill to start with, come fly with me, proceeding to do the first 1 mile in 6.27 minutes. Hitting the turbulence at the bottom of the park proved a rocky ride, as the seat belt sign went on and we battled through the strong winds. But the hardest part was to come up the hill, just a little one of course, all hills in Sheffield are little, no problem.

To the finish and lap one ticked off nicely and back round I go feeling pretty good actually, in 5th or 6th place. I knew I was first female all the way round but this wasn’t the National Cross Countries or anything so that was fine, I ran on with all my effort knowing the counterbalance was about to arrive again at the bottom of the hill, battling away and dodging the dog walkers and their furry owners.

Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too Richard O’Brien

Once again up the hill, puffing away as I used more fuel to get up the hill, I was suffering a bit now and knew it wasn’t as strong a run as my previous Park Run at Conkers on Christmas Eve, but I was in a good mental state to be really happy with my effort a good 90% or so and as I prepared for landing at the finish I took one last sprint to achieve a proud 21.21 today even if I am not 21 anymore instead being the the wrong side of 35, who cares, I ran and I am happy.

The lovely guys at Concord Park Run were fantastic, very friendly cheering on all the way and encouraging everyone towards the finish with a “one last dig”, chocolates and some very friendly conversation. It’s just an hours of your time give or take hanging about and running and ‘stuff’ and what a lovely hours’ flight it was too. I like it. Like unlike Farcebook.

We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport – Alberto Salazar

To make the morning complete we then went for a good girly chat at the cafe in Concord Sports Centre just managing to scrape together enough for a hot chocolate and a cup of tea. Remember next time to take some money.


Time: 21.21
Position: 6th out of 27
Gender Position: 1st Female

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