My running week (26)

Another hot sunny day here in the North West of England, for me it’s too hot (sorry, complaining about the weather again) so I’m sitting indoors with the curtains drawn to try and keep the sun at bay, and the windows open hoping for a breeze. I’m glad I don’t live in an actual hot country/place as I might never leave the house.

I am happy to report that with my concussion resolved, I’ve been back running this week. Yay! Happy dance!

I’ve been taking it very gently and gradually with an early morning 5k, an earlier morning 5 miles and then parkrun yesterday, where I volunteered as tail walker specifically so that I wouldn’t push myself into going for a PB… see, sensible head still attached?!

Being tail walker was actually a great experience, I happily chatted to the last place runner and was in awe of her commitment to parkrun. She, and a friend, had driven for 90 minutes to join our run. She had recently achieved her 100th run and has already visited around 60 different parkrun venues. She told me of a great sounding parkrun that’s quite near me, where part of it is along the beach so I’m definitely going to try that one sometime soon.

This lady was a great example of why the parkrun movement is such a good thing. She said it was the only reason that she ran, and that parkrun tourism takes her to new places, meeting new people, in fact later in the year she’s heading to Poland to do the Z of her A-Z challenge. So, while she may not be the best runner, she’s committed to getting out there and doing it and that’s fantastic.

As for me, I’m looking forward to a healthy, injury free July with lots of running, including my rescheduled 10k Race for Life, a 6k virtual run (with the most gorgeous medal), parkruns and I might, just might, attempt a half marathon distance (very much dependant on cooler weather).

The majority of my virtual races are organised via Virtual Racing UK, the site is run by sisters Vicky and Sam and most of the challenges can be completed by running, walking or cycling. The girls are so supportive of every participant and have a real community feel within their Facebook page. The medals are amazing in both style and quality, and I believe they ship worldwide. Take a look at their site, and if you feel inspired to join a challenge please let me know.

June Month End Statistics

  • No. of runs: 10
  • Time: 9.5 hours
  • Distance: 51 miles


Have a great week, wherever you are!

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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