After about a week of feeling really whoozy (halloooooo, jetlag!), I finally felt better on Saturday morning - just in time for parkrun! (Or perhaps the thought of doing my first Kiwi parkrun instantly cured the whooziness?) Whatever the case may be, I woke up to a lovely, cool and cloudy day (as most days here in Wellington are) and with Will and the kids still snuggling in bed, set off on foot to Kapiti Coast parkrun.
|Fellow parkrunners gathering at the start.|
The parkrun route runs along the southern banks of the Waikanae River and is flat, fast and breathtakingly beautiful - a true runner's paradise! Except for a few muddy patches here and there - which I imagine can become a bit of a challenge on rainy days - the route is fairly easy and one I believe has potential for setting a parkrun PB. Perhaps I'll even be able to nail my 2016 running
dream goal of clocking a sub-24 minute parkrun - which I haven't gotten close to nailing yet this year - here before the end of the year? We'll see. There's still time.
|The Waikanae River.|
|The gravel path (in the right of the picture) along which the parkrun route winds.|
The Otaihanga Domain, or parkland where Kapiti Coast parkrun starts and finishes, is every bit as stunning as the parkrun route itself - my eyes just couldn't stop feasting!
After, in true parkrun style, I was welcomed as a parkrun visitor during the pre-run briefing, two fellow Saffas came up to me to say hi - how awesome is that? Speaking a bit of Afrikaans to a fellow parkrunner has never felt so good.
I ended up clocking a 27:35 - not a parkrun PB by any means, but certainly also not too bad for a woman who flew halfway around the world with two toddlers less than a week before, right? ;) And yes, it's true: That black little parkrun wristband really does work anywhere in the world - I checked.
Super excited to explore some more!
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I've also updated our parkrun page - have a look here!