End of April monthly email during Lockdown 2020
This months parkrun email to you all.
Next months will be called 'Why I Do parkrun'
parkrun – I Miss You
Well it is now six weeks or, is it seven, without a parkrun, and if we are not careful, this could be habit forming for some of us.
I often say to parkrunners, at post run coffee, ‘what did we do on a Saturday morning before parkrun became the normal routine for the start of the weekend?’
For me it’s been nearly seven years of parkrunning and I can’t remember what used to occupy my time on Saturdays. I can only imagine that the tasks that I am now doing are what I used to do. The painting and decorating, the spring cleaning, the odd jobs that have been put off for when I have more time, have now taken precedence.
The gardening, because of the wet weather in February and the warmer weather of April have seen the weeds sprint to full height, and now the rain again. The tips are closed so a couple of bonfires have been in order. Back garden done, time to attack the front!!.
I have even planted a few rows of spuds and cut the grass—how exciting!!.
I miss the weekly general work that Kathy and I do for Weymouth parkrun that most of you are unaware of, although there is some that is still ongoing.
I miss the build up to the Saturday run, the webmail and the volunteer roster that I check every Tuesday and Thursday.
Weymouth parkrun is a very tactile event.
I miss the parkrun chat.
I miss the touching of the arm, the hugs.
I miss the handshakes, the face to face banter, the smiles, the stories.
I miss the ‘how are you?’, ‘keeping fit?’ although we are not too interested in the answer, it’s just a way of starting the conversation.
All of this can be lost to us if we do not keep the habit of running every Saturday and in the week during these testing times until parkrun returns. We must remain in contact with our fellow runners, keep the parkrun chat going, even if it is online.
But you don’t have to run, you don’t have to volunteer, you don’t have to take part in any way, you just have to be there on a Saturday morning to get the parkrun feeling.
Weymouth parkrun is not about the run, although that is the focus that brings us together. It is about mixing with like minded, happy, helpful people of the local community; it is about sharing experiences, it is about talking with fellow runners who you may have never met before. It’s about making new friends.
It’s about your mental and physical fitness and wellbeing and so many other things that make you feel good about your life.
Keep in contact, stay healthy, and love your life.
I look forward to reconnecting with you all when parkrun returns.