This week the lockdown rules were changed and we are now allowed to take unlimited outside exercise (I was struggling enough to keep up with once a day!) and can meet one person from outside our household to exercise at 2m apart - I think?
So I arranged with another PP parkrun regular to meet up for a freedom run this morning as we have both struggled a bit with motivation. I set off a little early, having given myself a good briefing to keep 2m apart and practised dodging people on pavements - I wanted to get a few extra laps of PP in before. And so began a game I like to call Spot the parkrunner!
First up, I could see in the distance what I thought was a Contra top - could I catch up with it? Yes! Turned out to be Jason. Points Total 1
Next, as I entered the park at monument corner, I saw a familiar face and founder of PP parkrun, Adam Penwarden (co-ED). Points Total 2
(I'm only counting points for each different PP parkrunner, not each time I saw one otherwise I would break the scoring system!)
Next up was Elvia as she locked her bike outside the cafe ready for her run Points Total 3
Then came Lou (Points Total 4) and we set off for our freedom run, taking in the newly filled in potholes along the paths (thank you B&H council!). We saw Chris steaming along from the u-turn - he even managed to be sensible for the camera! Points Total 5
By this time, Adam had given up on running and instead opted for a socially distanced coffee from the coffee van that happened to be at the u-turn. It was always about the coffee anyway.
We were cheered over the finish line by Nicky, Angie and Chris who were socially distantly chatting with Elvia at the cafe. Points Total 8
Finally, I decided to treat myself to post-not-a-parkrun pastry from a local store nearby (other brands are available) and continued my game, spotting John Jaap (a full collection of EDs, surely that's a bonus point?) and Jacquie also collecting bits after their runs. Points Total 10 +1
And so I finished the morning on 10+1, very happy, slightly sweaty and ready to face the day. A small amount of normality (running in PP on a Saturday morning, seeing familiar faces) mixed with huge amounts of abnormality (definitely not 600 parkrunners, no megaphone, no cafe and no hugs!) Although we cannot be together physically at the moment we are definitely still together in our parkrun community, all around the world.