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Osterley parkrun

I made it to my first parkrun of the year this morning. I went to Osterley to meet Louise. Osterley is the last London parkrun which Louise hasn’t run and, being just under half an hour from me (I don’t do 5am commutes like some amazing parkrun tourists!), within my ‘I ought to give it try range’. (Having written that I realise there are others I have yet to get to within range. Sounds like I have set myself a challenge).

Louise’s parkrun today was the first part of a her long run and I decided to tag along for a chat at her easy pace and save my legs for tomorrows 10K. The course is 3 laps on hard trail, grass and through a wooded patch. Not surprisingly there were some huge puddles to tiptoe around, jump over or splash through and lots of slippery gooey mud! Not best conditions for PB hunters so I was more than happy with an easy run, in fact our pace was plenty fast enough!

It was my slowest ever parkrun! Something to celebrate. The more parkruns I go to the more I relax and stop expecting myself to run it faster than last time (which has maybe stopped me going sometimes if I’m feeling tired or very hungover). Now I discover they are far more enjoyable at an easy pace and much more comfortable when I’m not gasping for breath, regretting last nights red wine or going bleary eyed!

Today I had a great, sociable run in the fresh air at a beautiful location. I think I will run some more easy parkruns as well as fast ones!

Janathon day 18  parkrun, 3.1 miles run.