I have run 161 parkruns - I was the first woman at my parkrun to reach 100 and the first person at my club. Woop.
I do like them but understand that they're not for everyone. They're also pretty different - we're lucky enough to have a handful within a few miles, and so there's a bit of choice. I think they're great for what they are - a community, a regular run, a chance to work towards personal goals, whatever they are. It's amazing that for the price of five minutes of your time while you sign up and print out your barcode, you can go and run at any parkrun in the world, for free. In the world!
We're going to parkrun on Christmas Day (no persuasion needed for Mr KS) and then we're taking my Mum on the 27th. She's got one near her but is too shy to walk it. In all of the parkruns, there have been very, very few occasions where I have encountered some running snobbery. Without exception, those occasions were down to mid pack runners who are insecure about their own times, and I soon put them straight. The overwhelming majority is that everyone is welcome, and will be cheered on and greeted with open arms.
Now, to get to 250 before they stop the jacket for that too...
Ooh, the flipbelt! Another person I can live vicariously through...
I did not go for a run last night. Instead I opted to read A Christmas Carol under a blanket while Mr KS made kedgeree. I may have napped.
Tonight it's our work Christmas do, and this weekend it's our Christmas meal. Thirty friends get together in a village hall, we all bring food and Secret Santa presents. It's pretty ace. My mum arrives on Tuesday, we're working up to and including Christmas Eve (but hopefully we'll be let out a bit early for Good Behaviour) and then I'm back on holiday until Friday 2nd January. Whee! We're descending on Mark's parents for Christmas too, which will be lovely.
Emmy - two more days left at work! Jealous, I have the rest of this week and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week... I think it'll be on a bit of a wind down next week, if I'm honest though.