First alarm I got up 🚨
Mid-wee selfie 🤳
In the car 🚗
On the road to pick up my parkrunning buddy Talisha 🛣
Ohh fuck it's raining ☔️
My first really wet parkrun of the year 💦
Zero traffic on the road....because no one else is stupid enough to run in the rain.
For once I'm going to be on time to pick Talisha up! Even early!
I usually pick her up from a small shopping complex carpark near where she lives, like a hooker 💃
You see she lives in a gated estate & I just don't have the patience to deal with the rent-a-cop security guards.
Think Paul Blart Mall Cop.
So I turn into the carpark ↖️
First time this year!!!!
I kept on turning and ended up in the fucking Zaraffas drive-thru ↖️↖️
Shit!! It's too late to reverse out - someone is behind me. 🚙🚗🚐
I don't drink coffee ☕️
I don't drink hot drinks.
I'm going to have to order something!
Grande this & tall that - fuck me!
I love Lipton Ice Tea - "I'll have a medium peach iced tea please"
So I drive to the next window to pay 💰
I get given my drink at the first window and it ain't classic Lipton iced tea.
It's water with a squirt of peach flavouring 🍑
The car before me is at the next window, waiting for their order.
Again I'm stuck 😫
11 fucking minutes stuck!! ⏱
The person in front of me ordered 6 monstrosities covered in whipped cream.
At 6am in the god damned morning.
I finally get out of drive thru prison, poor Talisha, sitting in the rain with a confused look about why I'm coming out of the drive thru 🤷♀️
Back on the road to Minnippi parkrun.
After a venture & a half we arrive.
It's pouring with rain so we sit in the car for a bit and sulk 😥
It's finally time to emerge from the car.
I met Kristy, Michael & Emily.
Michael was the photographer, don't worry, I made sure to tell him I only approve the upward stride photos, none of this downward National Geographic boob stuff.
Run brief done ✅
Thank you for a warm welcome ☺️
Warm up done ✅
Make my way to the start line.
Headphones in 🎧
And I'm off and shuffling. In the rain ☔️
Run run run along the path - just follow everyone else.
Run run run - fuck! My shoelace has come undone.
Move off to the side, tie it back up,
And try to get back in it.
Run run run up to a steepish very short bridge.
Over the bridge ↕️
Veer off to the left ↖️
And run and run and run along the path which does a massive loop of a lakey/pondy thing x 2.
Ahhh my shoelace has come undone again!! Again, I stop, in the rain and tie it up even tighter.
I'm telling ya now, after 2 shoelace stops I'd well and truely lost my mojo.
Run run run veer off to the left ↖️
Back over the steepish short bridge and follow the path all the way back.
Run run run
Squelch squelch squelch off to the right towards the finish line ↗️
I splashed over the line in 34.16
2 shoelace incidents, and the fear of slipping and doing the splits in the rain really slowed me down.
Minnippi parkrun is known for PB territory, I've been told it's a fast and flat course.
I'm far from fast.
I would love to do that course again when it isn't raining 🌧
Am I coming back?
Well I was told about the catfish/deer creature which lives in the lakey/pondy thing, so of course I have to come back to check it out!