4:44am - 2nd alarm 🚨 kicked out bed
I had to take my time as I peeled my neck off my pillow 😷
Mid wee selfie 🤳
Out the door 🚪
In the car 🚗
Reversed downn the driveway
Idle out the of the house trying to workout how to use Apple CarPlay in our new car 😫
Drive to my mates place, Hey Kell 👋
Again, try to workout how to use fucking CarPlay 😫
Enter the address for Sandgate.
34 minutes away.
What. The. Fuck.
34 minutes - it was 5:13am.
Is Sandgate not where I think it is?
On the toll road we went 🛣
We picked up out new car this week - still waiting for the new go-via clip.
Kell had 1 job. Hold up the toll tag.
Kell failed 😜
We had a great old chat as I drive along, over the Gateway bridge, drive drive drive - take the Sandgate exit.
I swear I have never seen that sign before.
Turns out I don't know where Sandgate is.
We arrived at 5:57am 😏
After lapping the esplanade a few times like a couple of Hoons, but in a family wagon, think 18 year old who has been allowed to borrow their Mum'a Camry.
This may be a true story.....
We parked up the car and watch the sun rise ☀️ #romantic
Eventually we emerged from the warmth of the car, and made our way over to the waters edge to take a photo, and that's when I saw those amazing legs - of course they could only belong to Amanda from Chermside parkrun 😍
Soon we were joined by my new parkrun friends Angie, Raine, Tracy & Sasha (Sasha isn't a fan of mine, mainly because she gets roped in to taking photos of me 😂)
Run brief done - holy hell there was a huge amount of people!
I got roped into a few photos with the G-Power girls - thanks for making me feel so welcome ☺️
Over to the start line - right to the back of the pack.
It was pacer week.
I saw Erica the 35 minute pacer, I knew I wanted to stay in front of her.
And we are off and running!
Run run run along the most beautifully flat path, along the water front.
I heard so many "Go Shanon's" as I shuffled along.
Run run run.
The pack is starting to split up.
Fasties are gooone.
I'm just shuffling.
Run run run 32:30 pacer is 30m front of me.
This is where us all went to shit 💩
Physically shit 💩
The girl/lady/woman running in front of my stood in dog shit 💩
I giggled like a moron.
The shadow of her non shit shoe hid the even bigger dog shit nugget, that I stood on 💩👟☹️
That was Gods work.
I was being a mole, well really I'm moleless now but you know what I mean.
Run, sticky feel on the shoe, run.
Mr pacer is goooone.
Run along the esplanade, down to the pier 🛥, out along the pier turn around and come back.
The view was spectacular.
Run run run back - Mr pacer is so far away from me now, I can only see a little yellow dot on the horizon.
My mate Linda who I met last week at Bunyaville parkrun parkrun AGAIN came back and encouraged me over the line.
I stumbled over the line in 33.31 - which is the offical parkrun time, my watch said 33.20 - that's when I actually started running.
I'm being petty, I know!
It's not all about the time.
I did the same 5k loop that the sub 20 minute runners did, I did the same 5k loop that the tail walker did.
5k is 5k.
Holy Hell I caught a up with some people today!
Firstly my mate Kell, her Mum Raine & sister in law Angie (my personal lotion specialist).
The lovely Judy from 60 and Still Kickin' I haven't seen her since QUT Classic
I've actually met Judy's Daughter Alyssa her granddaughter. 3 generations of strong running women 🏃🏽♀️🏃🏽♀️🏃🏽♀️
I also met Sarah & Tamara, Margaret
Lisa, Amanda, Ash, Sharon, Vanessa,
Malia - my Siamese tight twin, Donna, Jodie
Mione & her son Mr L all the way from Bundaberg parkrun - I promise to make it up there in 2018!
Leisa the body builder - I made her pose for me 😍 I've managed to find her Instagram page leisy_lou fit - fuck me that girl is a MILF 😍
I also met a very special lady by the name of Cath.
Cath, it was so lovely to meet you this morning & having our chat, you are amazing for getting out there and giving it a go 😘
Please send me a message - I'm struggling to find your Facebook page - I would love to stay in touch with you.
After parkrun Angie, Kell & I headed over to &baaci for pancakes 🥞 bacon 🥓 ice cream 🍦- its become a parkrun staple.
This parkrun is bloody beautiful, it looks very similar to Wynnum parkrun
Sandgate really isn't that far away.
I now know where is it.
Would I run there again?
I would do it again & again & again
BUT next time would bring friends who remember their credit cards & a better e-toll tag holderer