Lillie Parkrun 5K #50!

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series ParkRuns

Good grief, how long has it been since I have had something interesting enough to post about?!?! Need to see if I remember how to do this, and at the same time it appears the editor has changed significantly.

I have been running “Parkruns” since 12/19/2015 when I started running with the Livonia Michigan group, which was the only one in Michigan at the time.

They finally got one started in Ann Arbor in Lillie Park, and I began going there starting in November 2018 after a bit of a hiatus. So it’s “only” taken me about four years to get to the first milestone of “50 Parkruns”. Whoo Hoo.

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ParkRun #2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series ParkRuns

I ran the ParkRun for the second time last weekend. I am liking doing this. It gets me out to run regardless of the weather. You get a time to compare yourself against, and it provides some light competition to run with. If you are in the vicinity stop on by. Check their web site for details.

After everyone (almost) arrives and signs the register people head to the start area.

Park Run 5K in Livonia Michigan

Step One = Sign the register (at left)


Park Run 5K in Livonia Michigan

Step Two = Assemble at the start area.


Park Run 5K in Livonia Michigan

Step Three = Final instructions are given.


Park Run 5K in Livonia Michigan

Step Four = Run! Off into the woods we go.


Park Run 5K in Livonia Michigan

. . . and 3.1 miles later the finish line is crossed.

ParkRun, or free running in the park.

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series ParkRuns

Today (Saturday December 19, 2015) I went for a run with the ParkRun group in Livonia Michigan. I recently heard about this group while talking with a person picking up his packet at another race. It sounded like fun so thought I would give it a try.

First I did some research at their web site.
I signed up and printed out the bar code required to get a timed result.
When I woke up on Saturday morning it was only about 24 degrees out, so having previously decided to do this run was a good to make me get out and run, or I probably would have stayed under the warm blankets.

I made the short drive to Livonia where I saw the group assembling, parked and got out.
Made a few introductions and signed in. Followed the group over to the start line. Everyone was bouncing around trying to keep warm. Pretty soon we were all off and running.

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(The following table contains only partial results. Visit the ParkRun web site to see everything!)
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They keep track and after you complete a given number of runs you get the icon in your entry. (10 and 50 runs completed shown above)

Seems like a good way to help me get out and running on Saturday morning, especially on days like today where I would have a tendency to stay in and keep warm!

Merry Christmas!