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Returning to parkrun

parkrun logo

On 1st August I injured my Achilles. I’ve rested it, iced it, stretched it. It’s got a bit better. When I first did it, it hurt even without weight on it. Now it only hurts walking down stairs and it’s not exactly a pain, just uncomfortable.

On 19th August I walked a 5k and it was still a little painful. I’ve continued looking after the injury and today wanted to try out walking the parkrun course.

I walked the course with Kieran We also walked with Jade, the tail walker.. Jade is one of my fellow RDs at Stokes Bay junior parkrun. As we walked the Achilles felt absolutely fine. We kept up a good walking pace and chatted all the way round. It was really lovely, the sun was shining and I was chatting away with two friends and also improving my health at the same time. That’s the beauty of parkrun.

It was only towards the end, at the short uphill section, that I even felt my Achilles and again it wasn’t a pain, just uncomfortable. As soon as we had finished it went away and as Kieran and I walked back to the café I couldn’t even feel it.

After the run we took the standard post parkrun finish token photo. Kieran had his Birthday this week just gone and he got a new iPhone 7 plus. His post parkrun finish token photo was so much better than mine! I can not wait to get a new phone. For now though, you’re just going to have to deal with my picture.

parkrun finish token

We completed the course in 56:19, a good time for walking and still beats the first time I ever did parkrun and walked. I was surprised how hard it felt after a month off though! To be honest I thought we might have dipped over an hour but thankfully it didn’t. Now, the next step? A little try at running, possibly tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Earning the Kidney Research 5K Medal

As some of you may know I have hydronephrosis meaning I have one kidney that is larger than the other. Therefore when I saw this medal for Kidney Research posted on Virtual Runner I knew I wanted to sign up. At the minute my kidney behaves itself but one day I may need their help!

I signed up for this medal a while ago, before I was injured. I’d planned to use a parkrun to complete it but with my Achilles injury this wasn’t to be. I decided to take a walk and just take it slow to ensure I didn’t aggravate the injury any further.

We worked out a quick 5k route using the app Footpath. If you regularly run, walk or cycle this app is really good for figuring out routes and it’ll tell you how far your route is. We decided to walk down Lee-on-the-Solent prom and on to Hill Head.

As we walked the first part of our walk, down Lee-on-the-Solent prom past Daedalus slipway the heavens opened for around two minutes. Thankfully it was only for two minutes so we didn’t get too wet! You can see the dark clouds in this picture I took just before.

dark clouds over Lee-on-the-Solent

As we continued our walk leaving Gosport behind and entering Fareham’s coast line the weather improved a little and became sunnier but with a nice breeze to cool us down. We saw this bench. I’m not sure if it was knitted by someone who knows the person the bench is dedicated to or if it’s one of those random things people do. Either way it made me smile and stop to take a photograph.

knitted picture on bench

We turned round at end of Hill Head where the prom stops and it turns in to shingle beach only. I snapped this picture of a beach hut on the way back. The beach huts at Hill Head have a little personality to them, whereas the ones in Lee-on-the-Solent are all dark green. They’re not at all pretty.

pastel beach hut

We got home and thankfully my Achilles felt ok. It knew it had been worked a little bit but was no more grumbly than usual. And just in case you wanted to see the walk on a map here it is:

Walk from Lee-on-the-Solent to Hill Head

I walked 5km in 1:09. A slightly disappointing time but given that I’m carrying an injury it’s not too bad.

Here is a picture of the medal:

Kidney Reearch 5K medal

I love the little kidney cut out and that the lanyard carries the logo too.

Want to see the other medals I’ve earned? The posts are below:

Wonder Runner Medal

Mermaid Medal

To The Moon and Back Medal

Unicorn Medal

All Aboard Medal

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