Hello from the sunny UK. Actually, hello from a grey, cold, wintry UK which is making me me rethink my love of Winter. Four years in Califoria has turned me into a Winter Wimp. I’m here for my Grandad’s funeral and although it’s been tougher than I expected and pretty sad, it’s also really nice to be home and to see my wonderful family and so many friends.
Also…flying without children is just a delight!
Anyway. This is just a quick blog post to say two things.
1) Parkrun is coming to San Francisco
I’ve mentioned parkrun several times before and finally got to run my first, in Leeds, back in the summer. It’s a series of free, weekly 5k races held around the UK – pretty much every sizeable UK town has a race. The impact of parkrun on UK sport and UK running has been significant. It has brought so many people into running.
There are a few parkruns in the States but none near me, so when my friend Dan emailed me to say that it’s finally coming to San Francisco, I was pretty much beside myself. The race will take place on Crissy Field, under the Golden Gate Bridge every Saturday at 9am. I’m not yet sure if I can get to the inaugural race on January 24th but I’m definitely planning to be there as soon as I can. My little 5k-running monster will be so excited about it! If you’re local, DO go and support it. It’s a brilliant addition to the SF running scene.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen this campaign or hashtag on Twitter but if you haven’t, you should check it out. It’s a new campaign here in the UK to get women working out and it is just brilliant. So down to earth, so much fun. It challenges women to just get into it despite their wobbly bits and their physical flaws. To have fun in the body they’re currently in, not waiting till they’re thinner before trying exercise. It encourages women to try something different and new. It’s exciting and empowering.
Most people reading this blog will probably already be into exercise in some shape or form, and we probably don’t remember or understand how intimidating it can be to try exercise for the first time. But I’ve already seen friends on FB getting back into exercise and hashtagging it #thisgirlcan. Just brilliant. Watch the ads here.
And that’s it. I’m off for a walk with the parents. Have a great weekend, everyone.