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One week from now



So this time next week I’ll either be sitting smiling that I’ve completed my 2nd marathon, or moaning about how I didn’t complete / start it.

I feel fitter than I was 12 months ago, and managed to complete Liverpool marathon (6hr 27min!) but I haven’t done any running recently and am feeling like I’m lacking in mental discipline to keep me running when when I fancy a bit of a lazy walk.

Oh, and then there’s that semi lazy part of me that wants to see if I can down grade into the half marathon.

Ah I guess we’ll see in a week.

I still haven’t ran @Prestonparkrun…

Preston Parkrun week 3-2

Photo taken by Lynn Brown

But I have volunteered!

It was a gloriously hot morning on Saturday, and I’m secretly glad I didn’t run, but I will say that arriving at the park Pavilion at about 8:30 am I was a little nervous. Having only spoken with people in email & not too sure just what I’d be doing, I was a little worried that I’d end up with a deadly serious task & fail miserably.

Preston Parkrun week 3-12

Photo taken by Lynn Brown

But after a quick chat with Michael (the gent who stepped up & organised parkRun Preston), Lynn (who took all the lovely photos on this post) & some of the other volunteers, I discovered 3 things.

1) There aren’t really any difficult jobs when volunteering for parkRun

2) You can do as much or as little as you like, so if a job sounds too much, there’s always a job to suit

3) Even if you do, some how, mess everything up, there’s always a way around it & at the end of the day, it’s just a Saturday 5k run, not LOCOG.

So armed with a high vis vest & 300 place tokens, I was the numbers lady.

My biggest worry was keeping the tokens in order & not dropping them all over the park. I have to admit it was a little exciting, especially after a swift bit of maths made us realise that the 23rd finisher today would be the 200th finisher since Preston parkRun began. After only 3 runs I think that’s an awesome start to the Preston run, and it’s only going to get bigger.

It was good fun seeing all the runners cross the finish line, and really did prove that runers come in all shapes and sizes, and also that parkRun isn’t just about sprinting around the park as fast as possible.

It was also great to see the support of all the other runners for every

Preston Parkrun week 3-96

Photo taken by Lynn Brown

one running, from the amazement & well done for the 18:26 winner, and the applause for the runner who’s gotten a PB every week but quite happily sits further down the pack. It was brilliant to see kids racing each other & young and old running together, and everyone moan about “The Hill!”

I’d also say that volunteering would be a great way to dip your toes into parkRun, especially if you’re nervous about running in front / with others (as I know some ladies are) or just nervous about turning up on a Saturday morning to a load of strangers.  It will give you some faces & names to remember next time & there’s time for a chat with the others whilst waiting for the 1st runners to come through.

But it really was a great morning & I honestly had a laugh whilst handing out place tokens to the runners, and would suggest everyone gets their name down to volunteer, especially while the weather is nice.

I’ve obviously been going on at home about how brilliant parkrun is, as now my daughter wants to come run with me. She’s only 4 and after a short run on Sunday evening, I don’t think she has the attention span to run 5k, but I think in a few months she’ll be ready for a run, and hopefully she’ll enjoy it!

If you fancy volunteering for parkrun Preston then check out the Volunteer section on the parkrun site and give them an email.

If you somehow have been living in a hole for months & don’t know what parkrun is all about, then I’m shocked, and point you to the parkrun home page!

Preston Parkrun week 3-17

Photo taken by Lynn Brown

Lastly, proof that I was there, and proof that I didn’t mess the results up HERE!

There’s also a Preston parkrun facebook group and a twitter too.

Plus if you like the amazingly gorgeous photos in today’s post then head over to the Flickr Preston parkrun pool where you’ll find lots more photos by Lynn who kindly let me add these pictures to my blog.

Awesome Stuff in a Park Near me!


I’ve been meaning to post this for days, when taking the children on an adventure to a park a little further away from home, about 20 minutes walk (not really that far but these are little legs doing the walking)

The park & playground went down a storm, there were new & more dangerous ways for my son to try & jump to his doom & new things for my daughter to climb to the top of and get stuck.

But that’s not the point  of this post, next to the playground was something I have never seen before & I was genuinely & happily surprised and amazed!

The Outdoor Gym

Honestly an outdoor gym that’s completely free! I’ve never seen anything like this before & thought it was so AWESOME that I had to take pictures whilst grinning like an idiot!

The things that were most impressive to me were the “weights machines.” They have nothing to adjust so you are bound by lifting your own weight, and they obviously take some of the load, as there’s no way I can chest press 80kg, but it was still effort.

The thing I didn’t understand was the treadmill in the park. Couldn’t they have just painted some distance markers on the paths for the same cost? Ah Well, I’m not complaining, if it gets someone running then I’m all for it.

The pull up bars have become my secret enemy, I’ve tried two more times since I found them, and failed to get to one rep… I’m not giving up though!

Marathon Number Two! Join me?


Yep Literally just entered online for the Guild marathon this October.

I must admit I’m quite excited about it, and knowing what’s involved after the Liverpool Marathon last year, think this time I’ll be AWESOME! (Rather than just praying I’ll complete it!)

And the husband is happy that it’s in Preston, as this means no hotel, no carting 2 children around a strange city & no extra costs that come with carting 2 kids about for about 6 hours!

Once a Guild Year!

Once Every 20 Years

The added bonus is that as it’s a Guild Marathon I’m not going to be tempted by it until the next Guild, in 20 years time! (And I hope I’ll still be running Marathons when I’m 51 *ahem* 41)

If you’re not a Prestonian & don’t know about Preston’s Guild Celebrations then head over to the Guild 2012 site and learn all there is to know, but this video is quite a snazzy introduction to it.


I’m also quite excited to learn, from that video, that Preston is the 2012 City of Sport! That’s pretty awesome & another cool reason for the Olympic Torch to run through the town later this year!

Fancy a jog?

So hopefully I’ve sold it & you’re all lacing up your trainers as you read this post. I’d love to get a team of people together to run the Guild Marathon, of course I’d love to raise a few quid and a little awareness for Refuge whilst we’re doing it.

Is anyone game?

I’m not an elite runner, I’m a mum of two, who will sweat, swear & smile my way through all 26.2 miles of the course and possibly just moan throughout all the training.

If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to try a marathon, but the big bad London Marathon is either too far away or too high pressure, or whatever reasons have stopped you, come join me!


Ready! Steady! Get your lazy arse GOING!


I live my life a quarter mile at a time

– Vin Desil (Fast & Furious)

Seriously I actually followed the training plan today & did both running & strength workout!

My Run was actually quite hard, and I’m sad to say it’s probably because I’ve been so lazy recently, but 8 sets of 400m runs with a minute walk in between was tougher than it should have been. I got progressive slower each quarter mile and if it wasn’t for the bottle of water I took, I might have just died in the park. Still there’s time yet until the Great Manchester 10k & even more time till the Guild Marathon.

And Then…

I’ve also said I’ll join my friend @OpenSourceress in completing Tough Mudder this November.  You should have heard about Tough Mudder by now.

Here’s a video in case you haven’t…

But bear in mind we’re doing it in England. In November.

There will be Mud & Swearing and more Mud & Cold.