parkrun report – 2 November 2019

EVENT #107 - 2 NOVEMBER 2019

  It seems that the beginning of summer for New Zealand has finally arrived this weekend. A windless and slightly warmer morning greeted the parkrunners today with the usual pre-run chatter.

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There seems to be more people running every week which is great to see. Every morning we see familiar faces, new local faces and of course the parkrun tourists which this week hailed from the UK and Upper Hutt. The slight downhill at the beginning of the course gives the illusion that the whole run will fast and effortless. While it makes for a great start, it can be disastrous later on (as most of us find out). The other downhill illusion is the section just after the ramp. It gives you just enough momentum to float down the hill to the halfway mark.

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The turnaround mark also provides some motivation with encouraging words from the marshall and the need to look like you are not trying THAT hard at this point in the run. On the return journey, the other parkrunners provide a welcome distraction with many parkrunners recognising and greeting others on our Saturday morning parkrun. Mercifully today, there was no wind in either direction which meant 1. Less effort, more speed and 2. Increases the possibility of a PB. The final jaunt down the home straight is always difficult as it is a balance of trying to increase the pace without sprinting too early, with the addition of the slight uphill now becoming the enemy between you and the finish line. The photographer is always positioned in place where you least expect it, so you know that your photo will probably not look like a Nike ad unfortunately.

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Well done to all the parkrunners this Saturday, PB or not, pat yourself on the back and let’s remind ourselves that it is not all about the PB and trying to look great in the photo, but let’s remember that there is always another parkrun next week.

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Raquel Lopez Lozano

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FYI: 2 seconds off my PB, not mad about it or anything