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.  http://www.parkrun.us/livonia/

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. http://www.parkrun.us/livonia/
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!