Grovelands Parkrun fun…

Saturday April 8th

Today has been a very joyous day… It started swathed in spring mistiness, but the shards of golden light were filtering through, and the day was promising to burst into sunny shininess as soon as it could…

Anadi and I jogged to Grovelands Park and arrived at about 8.45am where runners were starting to gather together… A sense of ‘esprit de corp’ already evident…

I felt within me a sense of anticipation, a new experience unfolding, I was about to run in race conditions with lots of other people in a Park run!
The park runs are a wonderful creation for community, camaraderie, collaboration as well as the thrill of the chase…

I had such fun… I interviewed Caroline the Run director, and Sarah who is a run director in training… And then Matthew and Steve who were taking part in the race…

And soon we were lining up…

I absolutely loved the experience. The spirit of the group lent itself to synergy, the combined shared energy becoming more than the individual energies added up… The space lent itself to something bigger and brighter happening… Magic!

Competition at its best allows us to discover that we have more within us than we ever realised.

I certainly ran faster than I have been doing, and didn’t feel the ground beneath my feet much… Until the end…

Then my feet felt very tingly and tender!

I have a sense of childlike pride and delight, like I have done something I didn’t know I could do, and I totally loved interviewing people before and after the race…

Anadi and I set off to run back to the stables, our lovely little apartment which we stay in when we are in London…
But we walked because my feet hurt!

When I am actually running I feel more free and flowing bio mechanically than I have in years, but my soles still have some practising to do…

Barefoot feels a very natural way to be for me…

Of course our ancestors ran in bare feet to survive… However because we have worn shoes for so long, if barefoot running does appeal, then we must take is super super slowly and be fully committed to doing the foot exercises, strength and conditioning and drills to support the feet as they strengthen and take off…

As we sat in the Larder cafe drinking wonderful coffee and enjoying the special ‘Larder breakfast’ and my favourite almond croissants, the Park run results came through on my phone!

What an incredible system, and what a huge way of connecting and communicating through the joy of friendship on the run.

And so I have ‘begun again’, my first race in bare feet, a new line in the sand!
I discovered that I ran 24.02, that I was the third female to cross the line and the first female in the 55-59 category…

The essence of my energy is the joy of finding out, the spirit of the chase, the race…

And at the core of this, the silence within, and the stillness within the movement.

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