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HS: I’m pleased that you were feeling well enough to get out for your not-a-parkrun 5k as usual. It’s not surprising you found the going a bit tough as the weather conditions for your run sounded horrible, not to mention coping with the after effects of the vaccine, so only finishing 30 seconds after Sarah is pretty impressive in the circumstances.
Thanks for the information regarding the XC debate, I do hope things will stay as they are. I believe one of the options was to have a number of distances, with participation open to both genders so people could choose which distance they wanted to do. Although this is a possible compromise I don’t think it would be feasible. Under the existing structure the senior men’s race is the final event of the day, and it’s often getting dark when they finish, so I don’t think it would be possible to fit in extra races if the decision is made to offer multiple distances for all. There wouldn’t be time at the start of the event either, as the under 11s start things off at midday and prior to that the courses have to be set up etc which takes up the morning. As I say, with any luck things will stay as they are, and after all XC participation has been growing in recent years so why tinker with a successful model.
I was really disappointed to see everywhere covered in snow again when I woke up, however by lunchtime it was starting to thaw so we decided to chance a short run. We just attempted 2 slow miles again, and had to walk a bit in places where it was still icy (but to be honest even without the slippery bits we’d still have to have had walk breaks). It’s a bit dispiriting how unfit we’ve become, but I suppose we just have to be patient and not rush things. It’ll take as long as it takes to get back to full fitness.