Only after becoming injured and unable to run for 3 months did I gain a glimpse of what truly lies at the heart of parkrun. It is so much more than obsessing over how many regional parkruns you have visited, compiling pie charts of your running statistics, shaving precious seconds off your best times or the urge to beat that smug runner who always manages to pip you at the finish line. It’s all about the magic that goes on behind the scenes to make parkrun the global phenomenon that it has become today.
Being an injured runner has given me A LOT of time to think. I have been thinking about how ignoring my body exacerbated the problem and how the little voice inside our heads can both help and hinder us as runners. That little voice is what motivates us and potentially what holds us back.
I have been a runner for over a decade. In all those years, I have never been unable to run due to injury. I have taken breaks to have my children and I have had periods where I lost my mojo and just didn’t feel like it. This is the first time I have been told not to run.