One of the things I love more than anything is travelling. Whether that’s to a remote location on the other side of the world or exploring towns and villages in the UK, I love discovering new places and experiencing all the different things our world has to offer.
So, I’ve decided to channel this love of travelling to see if I can rediscover my mojo! In 2017 I ran London Marathon and had the worst training experience I probably could have had. After a chest condition wrote me off running for almost 3 months, I was staring from scratch when I began training towards the end of January. I’d worked really hard the year before and really improved my running so it was a massive set back for me to be struggling to run 5k’s at anything more than 11 min mile pace. Rightly or wrongly I went on to run the marathon and loved every minute of the day, but the training experience put me off running completely. I continued to coach a beginners running course and did the odd parkrun here and there but I basically stopped running.
In the last year, I’ve had some big changes in my life. I recently took the decision after being unhappy in my job for some time to leave and pursue a new career (I’m still figuring out exactly what that is), I moved in with a boy for the first time, we got our little fur baby and emotionally, it’s been a pretty rough rollercoaster! I know I am happier when I’m exercising and working towards a goal so I’m going to be using parkrun to search out that spark that has been missing!
parkrun tourism isn’t anything new or different, there are lots of people doing it but my mission is to explore this beautiful world, one parkrun at a time. The hope being if I focus on the travel bit then the running will eventually come. An amazing friend of mine who I share the same inner geekness with introduced my to the google chrome running challenges plugin for parkrun which opens up a whole bunch of badges and awards you can work to – anyone who knows me will know this level of OCD excites me big time! I will have to achieve them all!
So first up, I’ll be tackling the tourism badge – 20 different parkruns. To date I have done 6 and the goal is to do 10 new ones by the end of the year, starting with Heartwood Forest which I completed last weekend (there are 12 opportunities to run left). I’ll share my experiences from each one for anyone keen to try out some different ones, this year they will mostly be within an hours drive of where I live but I hope next year to explore a bit more widely!
Fingers crossed this challenge will help me to get back on track and find my running self again!
Wish me luck 🙂