On 21 December I ran my 100th Edinburgh parkrun 5k. Here I am looking excited or nervous just before the start.
It was a windy day so much as I would have loved to break 20 minutes and run a pb on my hundreth run it just wasn’t ever going to happen. Here are the frontrunners setting off. I’m about three rows back!
The only photo of me actually running is this one which is a bit blurred. Must speak to my photographer (daughter number 1)
She did a bit better with the traditional post run photo where I’m either looking relieved or slightly disappointed that my time was only 20:41.
Looking back now I’m very happy that I’ve done the 100 runs and that the extra training and exercise that I did particularly in the last two months brought me close to 20 minutes and a couple of personal bests. I’m now going to rest and not run competitively for a couple of months. My goal in the new year is to lose weight, eat healthily and build up the training to the point where I can actually run sub 20. I do think it is possible.
But far too much about me. Talking about healthy eating here’s our Christmas cake.
Before you think that I’ve been baking we won the cake in a raffle before soaking it with sherry and covering with apricot jam, marzipan and icing. I was involved in this part because the apricot jam lid wouldn’t open and I was able to do that. The cake when cut and consumed was a bit disappointing.
The sherry only penetrated half the cake and the fruit wasn’t as rich as I had hoped. It was in fact a bit dry. But it didn’t stop me eating about 12 generous pieces of it over Christmas.