A windy parkrun

An incredibly windy parkrun in fact!  And we got pretty wet on the way round as well.

First though, my run from yesterday.  I’ve just checked the official Janathon rules, and as long as I blog about it within 24 hours I’m fine.  So, as I ran later last night, it still counts!
Yesterday I ran after work with a friend from club.  We decided to run from mine which was great for me.  Driving out to meet people for group runs is all fine and dandy but it often adds an extra 40-45 minutes onto my evening.  Part of the appeal of running to me is that even if I only have a spare 15 minutes I can go for a run around the block.  I haven’t got to get to somewhere with specialist equipment and I can begin almost as soon as I decide I want to run.  No backing out!

I mapped out a 10k route running off-road towards Stanwick Lakes and back again through fields and tried out my new trail shoes.
So much lighter on my feet and the grip was good, although we weren’t really headed through any overly muddy patches.  We did, however head through several inches of water underneath a bridge.  My trainers are well and truly christened now!

This morning, it was up bright and early again for Peterborough parkrun.  We’d invited our friends Vicki and Alex, who we have run with several times now.  They’re not runners and don’t really enjoy it but want to lose weight for their wedding in April this year.  We tempted Vicki out with the promise of a Frankie & Benny’s breakfast on the way home afterwards but Alex didn’t make it.

The wind was awful this morning, and I saw lots of parkrun cancellations (rightfully!) pop up on Twitter.  Over our way we’re pretty hardcore and at Peterborough parkrun there’s not really any trees to worry about coming down so the run went ahead.  We’re not scared off by a bit of wind and rain!

As Alex was no longer joining us, Dan went off ahead and ended up running 31:43.  I stayed back with Vicki who told me that she had been hoping really hard that it would rain so that the event would get cancelled and she wouldn’t have to run.  Silly Vicki.  Runners still run in rain!
And we did…less than 100 metres in it began.  Slowly at first, but then it was coming down so hard I had to squeeze my eyes shut because I thought the rainwater was going to wash my contacts right out of my eyes!  Vicki was not impressed.

Peterborough parkrun is made up of a very small loop followed by two larger loops at Ferry Meadows.  The small loop is less than a kilometre and all three of the loops pass the exit to the car park.  As we passed the car park exit off the side of our small loop Vicki told me she couldn’t do it.  She was pulling out.  I told her to keep going.  She screamed out that she couldn’t…the rain was all over her glasses and she couldn’t see!  I told her I would guide her.  I continued to be very matter of fact with Vick and kept distracting her until we had passed the exit and luckily, the rain stopped not long after that.

The wind came next though, blowing freezing cold air over our now soaking wet bodies.  Vicki probably walked more than usual, but I was better at distracting her than usual as well.  There is lots to talk about with her wedding just twelve weeks away.  She had another wobble as we passed the exit for the third and final time.  You can also see the finishers just before the exit and Vicki was vowing to pull in and finish early, 2k short of the distance.  Eventually I managed to convince her not to and showed her on my watch how far we’d already gone.  The final lap there was much less whinging and as we got to the end Vicki declared that she would be back next week to beat her time!

I can’t make parkrun next week unfortunately as I will be away marshaling at Country to Capital, but Dan has offered to go and run with Vick instead.  We both warned him of the abuse he would receive on the way round!

Final time:  42:22

Our Frankie’s breakfast warmed us up from the inside out.  A full vegetarian breakfast for me with an extra mushroom (stolen from Dan’s plate).

Frankie & Benny's vegetarian breakfast

Do you usually run/work out from home?
Is your mind easily changed about going for a run when you see the weather outside?
Are you running Country to Capital next weekend?
 If so, please look out for me and let me know if there is anything I can have ready for you on checkpoint 3! :)  I shall also be on the registration desk at the start so I can always take anything you would like later on in the race but that you don’t want the hassle of having to carry.

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12 thoughts on “A windy parkrun

  1. There were downed trees and fences absolutely everywhere on the route I ran. Yesterday I narrowly missed being squashed by a huge tree that was standing on my way out, but when I ran the same route home it had fallen right across the path in the hour between my out and back :/ Luckily today I was out early enough to miss the rain, and usually I don’t mind it…but when it’s so driving along with the wind that you can’t see, I do moan and grumble a lot. The only weather that completely disrupts my running is ice, and sometimes snow if it then melts a bit and freezes over. I hate myself and feel like a wuss every time I see someone else out running on it and coping, but all it takes is one slip and they have a broken ankle, so I try not to be stupid and have a fight with the treadmill instead. Sigh.

    I WISH I was running CTC. It sounds amazing and you’re so generous and kind to volunteer, as well as taking requests from runners 😉
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    1. Good job you weren’t on the path a little later then by the sound of it! There were a few nights last year when we took our wooded night runs through the middle of fields because the trees sounded like they might come down.
      Much better to put up with a treadmill during icy weather than slip and be out from running for weeks on end.
      I am marshaling Country to Capital in return for a free Shires and Spires place later on in the year this time. Although I would like to try C2C one year I’m not really sure how much I would enjoy it, as I know there is a long stint along the very straight and off-into-the-distance towpaths and I like to not be able to see what’s coming next on my routes.

  2. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and never realised that you lived so close. I live in Ely,Cambs!

    I’ve never been to a park run before but I’ve heard they’re really good. I might have to venture down to the one in Cambs.

    I was apprehensive about going out for a run today when I heard the wind but got encouraged by my partners mother to go out. The wind was SO bad! but I actually found it pretty fun being blown about everywhere which was odd as I’m usually someone who makes every excuse under the sun not to go out in bad weather. We actually got back JUST before it started pouring it down outside. I’m sure I wouldn’t be saying it was fun if I’d have been out in the rain!
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    1. I actually work less than 30 minutes from Ely and Dan works in Cambridge so we’re out this way quite a lot!
      Ive been going to parkrun on and off for over a year now and I really enjoy them. Everybody is super friendly and it’s a great big running community made up of all abilities and ages. I love it!
      I know what you mean about it being fun when it’s windy! You have to laugh, cos sometimes the wind and rain can really put a downer on things.

  3. If I am going for a short run then the weather doesn’t bother me too much because I know I will be in the warm soon. But a long run in the rain means I may well procrastinate for a long time before going out as I know that being out for a few hours will not be so much fun. I have a mixture of runs now- I run to and from Sweatshop, but the actual signing in and deciding on a route takes time, but I benefit from running with others so just allow more time for it. At the moment I am club running on Tuesday nights but that tends to take a while too, so at the weekends I go by myself for parkrun and for a long run.
    Well done on that parkrun- it sounds tough.
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  4. Oh bless her – rain cancelling a running event, ha! She did amazingly though considering running isn’t something she enjoys. That’s pretty hardcore for her to stay at it. It’s easy to start up running in the lovely sunshine and dry, but not so much in January! Well done to her!
    I suppose that’s one benefit of going to the gym at the moment. It’s a horrible brief little walk from the car park to the gym and then I’m inside in the warm, dry and light! But in my heart of hearts, running outside in the rain, wind and hail trumps the gym any day. *sighs* The weather never really phases me as I know within a mile I’ll be warm. I ran in snow before – it’s just about being sensible and choosing routes carefully!
    I never even knew Frankie and Benny DID breakfast. Awesome.
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    1. Yes, not sure she realises yet just quite how hardcore us runners are!
      She was fab and I hope her and Dan make a good team on Saturday when she has another go.
      I’ve never been a massive fan of the gym but at this time of year I would be more inclined to go than I would in the Summer when it’s nice and sunny outside.
      Frankie and Benny’s do fab breakfasts. Definitely try it out! (Don’t think they do porridge though I’m afraid!)

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