Parkrun Playtime


I was wondering for a while what everyone was going on about. I mean really…a 5km race?

Parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. My programme said parkrun the week before the Durban City Marathon so I decided to go for it!

Woodlands Parkrun was a “double lapper” with short steep hills. Yes, even in parkruns you get double lappers! I started off way too fast and blew it with a numb foot and tired calf by the 2nd kilometre. I had to run/walk the rest of the race (so frustrating). To make things worst my husband who has been recovering from a kidney transplant passed me on the 2nd lap with a huge smile on his face and for the 1st time in 3 years beat me! I don’t compete with anyone but my husband…so it was game on!

The next weekend we were off to Durban and he made a point to go run the North Beach Parkrun. I was doing a happy dance…my running buddy is back! I am sure if my husband had any idea his wife was going to turn into a running addict he would have never encouraged me to started running…water under the bridge!

The week after Durban City Marathon I had parkrun on the schedule again so we decided to go and check out the Modderfontein Parkrun. At least it would be a full 5km lap. Arriving there I was pleasantly surprise with all the facilities.

However it’s starting to appear that I don’t learn from my mistakes! The race was a physical and mental repeat of what happened at Woodlands Parkrun. Hubby passed me in the 4th kilometer and he had that smile on his face (he knew better than not to wave or talk to me). He got the win but only by 18s this time. I LOVED IT…this might just be that little bit of healthy competition I need to learn how to push myself in races!

I came 7th in my age category and 44th female. I look at my time (struggling through a race) and I feel I have the ability to even finish top 20 female on a good day! So I will keep trying – even looking forward to our next parkrun! 🙂


About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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