Celebrating my 50th

So I finally became a member of the elusive  parkrun 50 club last weekend!

50 parkruns

I feel like I’ve been working towards number 50 for ages now. It’s not even a whole year of Saturdays though, and when I think about the fact that I fitted five parkruns into a week over Christmas it seems like I should have ticked my 50th run off ages ago!  I can’t even imagine how chuffed I will be when I reach the 50 marathon target on my way to 100 (currently sat on 16 marathon and above distances so still a fair way to get yet!)

Does anyone know when I will be able to claim my t-shirt though?  I logged into my parkrun account on Sunday and received this message…

50 parkrun tshirt

Hopefully soon, before my belly gets too big to wear it!

It was Northampton parkrun that I headed to on Saturday morning. I put a shoutout on my running club Facebook page to announce that I would be bringing cake along if anyone wanted to join me for the run or just come along and support.  I was a little nervous that either nobody would turn up from the club or everybody would and I would run out of cake!

Luckily the situation was neither scenario.  So, following an evening of cake decorating with my Mum the night before, I arrived super early to the car park, along with 30 parkrun decorated slices of chocolate traybake.

parkrun traybake cake

It was horrible drizzly weather outside but there was a good turnout from club, including some members who aren’t regular parkrunners. The lure of cake(!)  Our club membership secretary even turned up to take a couple of photos and he had made me a sign to hold.  I also got to hold his massive umbrella whilst under the sign.  Winner!50th parkrun in NorthamptonBecause the weather was so awful, I was yet to warm up and knowing that I would not be running particularly quickly I decided to keep my hoodie on during the run – something I never do!  Who can run in a hoodie?!…Turns out I can when I’m just heading out on an easy chatty run.

Several of the runners from club stuck together in a little group at the back and we had a long chat all the way round.  It was one of the most chilled out and enjoyable runs I’ve had in a long while!  One of the members was preparing for London marathon this coming weekend, another is planning an epic series of marathons across Iceland during the Summer and another I just hadn’t seen in a very long while!

50th parkrun in Northampton(I’m in the middle of the above photo wearing shorts and my hoodie!)

As I am no longer hiding my pregnancy, as and when people are asking about my race plans I am now letting them know the reason why I have no race plans for this year.  I’m not someone who feels like I have to announce my pregnancy to people amongst other things.  In fact, if I am friends with you in real life, you will probably spot that nothing has appeared on my personal Facebook regarding my pregnancy at all.  It would make me uncomfortable ‘announcing’ something or being very ‘me, me, me’ on Facebook.  I’ve really struggled to tell people at all to be honest – the hardest people to tell being my parents and also my boss.  I’ve found it marginally easier to mention the pregnancy on the blog, purely because I really want to talk about running and training through pregnancy and to have something to look back on from that respect.  I haven’t found a huge amount of bloggers who do continue to run any real amount of miles through their pregnancies so want to document my experiences of hopefully continuing to do so.

Anyway, one of the ladies I was running with on Saturday morning asked why I didn’t have a marathon booked in for this Spring, so I thought it only fair to tell the truth – that I was four months pregnant.  She went on to congratulate me, and so did two or three other runners around her who had also heard my admission!  As we went to scan our barcodes at the end, it came up in conversation with another runner as to why my times had been dropping.  Again, I shared my news and an older gentleman turned and said ‘But you beat me!…and you’re pregnant?!’  I laughed and said that it was still early days and that I was only four months pregnant.  He told me that the time I want to watch out for is when my future children start beating me at parkrun!

Mile 1: 11:28
Mile 2:
10:47
Mile 3: 10:25
Nubbin (0.17m): 9:35mm pace

A mouth full of cake alongside some of the cookies that Laura had made and it was time for a very wet photo!

50th parkrun in NorthamptonI always say it, but I do love my club and the level of support that they give.

Garmin time: 34:16
Official time: 34:17
Position: 289/368
Gender position: 94/149
Age category position: 15/22

As much as I’ve enjoyed having some very easy going and chatty parkruns just lately I think I might see what I can comfortably still run on my own next time, just to see where my fitness level is currently at.

How long did it take (or do you intend it to take!) for you to reach your 50th parkrun?
Do you take cake to events?!
Can you recommend any blogs with bloggers who continued to run throughout their pregnancy?

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8 thoughts on “Celebrating my 50th

  1. Congratulations on your 50th! I think with the shirt they are replacing the backlog so it might take a bit of time. When I did mine, I clicked through on the link to wiggle, and it was out of stock (they are generous sizes- I got a small which is big on me, and is the same as the normal Tribesports medium)- they are also long so I imagine you will be OK to wear it until your bump gets huge. Anyway I clicked on the “email me when back in stock” so I managed to get it after a few weeks I think. Mine took a year and a half to earn- I think my first parkrun was March 2013, and I finally got my 50th in October 2015. But at first I didn’t go that often, but now there is one nearer I go each week if I am around. Although I am volunteering more so that slows down the collection of runs!
    I saw an article on Run ABC south about Brits running across Iceland for charity- I wonder if it’s the same?
    That cake looks fab! My 50th was the parkrun’s one year anniversary, so there was cake anyway, but I think for my 100th (in a few years time) I would make a lot of cake to celebrate!
    Did Megan from Meals and Miles run while pregnant? I stopped reading her blog but she might be one to look at?
    Maria @ runningcupcake recently posted…Feeling nostalgic and loving parkrunMy Profile

    1. Ah, thanks for this. I just had another look to click the ’email me’ button and they’re back in stock so I got my order in quickly!
      It’s the Fire and Ice Ultra that our club member is hoping to run. It looks and sounds awesome! Maybe one for the bucketlist…!
      Looking forward to seeing what cakes you bake for your 100th. Your cakes always look amazing.
      Meghann did run during pregnancy but she seemed to back off the running quite early on. I think she backed off the mileage whilst trying to conceive to begin with and then didn’t really pick it back up again. Her blog tends to focus more on baby than running, although I notice she has just signed up for another marathon.

  2. If only my friend Michelle had a blog – I know she was running while pregnant (and quite a bit as well – maternity running leggings are apparently a Thing). Not so much with #2, as there’s more to juggle.

    Parkrun would do better if I actually had the energy to get out of bed on a Saturday…. I’m not very good at going to bed early, my husband’s even worse!
    Jane not in London recently posted…Catching upMy Profile

    1. I shall have to have another nose for maternity leggings then! Although, now that the weather has picked up and it feels more like Spring, I’m fairly happy to be in shorts full time again.
      Haha! Yeah, Dan barely ever makes it to parkrun for the exact same reason. I swear if they started an hour later the numbers would increase drastically!

  3. Congratulations! The t-shirt thing is exactly like Maria said. Just about the backlog. Apparently it’s the same for 100 and the volunteer ones too.
    Oh you must bring cake to celebrate a milestone – it’s like birthdays at work! Yours look fantastic – love the parkrun design on the top. I need to do my 100th in a few weeks…I’m so pants at baking though. I tried to persuade my friend to bake for me but she’s busy, gargh.
    Ashley from NeverHomeMaker did a great collection of posts on running through pregnancy (with her first child). Really interesting! I think RunFarGirl did too. Both American bloggers but still worth a look!
    Anna @AnnaTheApple recently posted…Boston Marathon Expo and the days beforeMy Profile

    1. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your 100th parkrun cake celebration! As long as it looks pretty I don’t think runners mind too much how it tastes. Cake is cake! 😛
      Thanks for the blog suggestions. I haven’t heard of either of those before so will add them to my Bloglovin’ now for a mooch through later in the week.

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