You know the pride you get after completing a race? How it feels like you are bursting and can’t quite believe what has happened?
Well on the Saturday of our Danish holiday, we did something incredible…
… We did a Parkrun in Brabrand!
And not only did we run a Parkrun in a different country, we did it with my stepsister, Grace and my Mum.
Seeing both of them sprinting to the finish line of their first ever 5k had me bursting with pride. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to have completed a Parkrun with my Mum, stepsister and boyfriend. For us all to be so fit and healthy, to be able to run it.
Crossing the finish line with my Mum running beside me was such, such a special moment. Mum isn’t a runner, though she keeps herself fit, but did incredibly well.
Grace is also not a runner (though check out her amazingly long legs – her sprint was amazing) but I think I might have started something – she loved borrowing my Women’s Running 10k tshirt and later declared “I’m going to start jogging”.
Oh and I should probably mention this guy:
Mum caught the moment I touched his sweaty back on camera haha!
James and I decided to do the Parkrun after discovering it wasn’t too far from our holiday villa and were particularly thrilled to see the “flat course” description online. We both mentally replaced “flat course” with PB and so arrived ready to blast out a great time.
Everyone was so friendly (as they are at our local Parkrun) and it worked in exactly the same way, with a safety briefing before the line up. There were only 50 runners, a big contrast to our local Parkrun (up to 300!) and all looked very fit.
James and I planned to “gun it” for the entire “flat” course, which we did for the first mile… until we hit the first hill. Yup, whoever wrote that description must have a Danish sense of humour because it was not flat at all – it was a tough, hilly, off road course.
We both really struggled for the rest of the run after expending so much energy at the beginning and it took a lot of encouragement from both of us to make it through.
When we finally did, we were spent!
The results showed our finish time was 25:36, not a PB but I was pretty chuffed of the result, given that we didn’t know the course. To give you some idea of how fit everyone else is, I came last in my age group and was 24/50, with the remaining runners mostly very close behind.
At Ashton Court, there are a wide range of abilities and ages, with walkers to sprinters, parents with prams and owners with dogs. We did notice Denmark was full of people exercising outdoor and the Parkrun reflected that, they were all so fit!
We breathed out our nausea after finishing then walked the course backwards to find Grace and Mum, who had gone at their own pace. I was so proud to see them running towards us!
I ran the last bit of the race with them and it was such a special experience.
Proud faces after. Oh and I have no idea what on earth I’m doing with my arms!
I couldn’t have done it without him.
After the race it was time for breakfast.
Then we stretched our legs with a walk around the country lanes.
We stopped off at a local restaurant for coffee and cake – and picked up some yummy spiced cookies made with homegrown flour!
Then it was time for our last BBQ of the holiday.
Lots of meat for hungry runners!
Our perfect day finished on the beach.
The sea was shimmering in the sunset.
It was a fitting end to the trip!
We flew out the next day, after enjoying the seaside one last time.
Denmark was an absolutely brilliant experience, so pretty and much fun.
* Where’s the best place you’ve run?
* Have you ever run with a family member?
* When was your first 5k? What was it like?