How did you start your Christmas Day? A 4am wake-up call from the kids or crawling out of bed at 9am with a hangover? Did you have a fry-up for breakfast or salmon and bucks fizz?
After our 6am wake-up call and present unwrapping, we did the Parkrun!
As soon as we heard that there was a Parkrun on Christmas Day, and that my daughter’s best friend and her family were doing it, we knew we would be doing it too. We’ve really got into Parkrun over the last few months. It’s a great way to start the day. You can take it easy or push yourself hard. You can run with your family or on your own. It’s a great experience. So why wouldn’t we want to do it on Christmas Day?
So, despite the fact that it was our turn to do Christmas for the first time in years, and it slightly messed up our turkey cooking time, we were assembled at the park ready for Parkrun at 9am.
I wondered how many people would be there? What if it was only us and my daughter’s best friend’s family?
It wasn’t! There were 250 runners.
We’d agreed to run together as a family, seeing as it was Christmas Day, but my husband and daughter’s best friend’s dad were having regular drinks stops. For bucks fizz!
My eldest couldn’t quite be bothered to wait for my daughter and I, so I ran with my daughter and her best friend. The two girls are adorable together. My daughter’s best friend is a brilliant runner and a really good motivator. She chatted happily all the way round, her enthusiasm is infectious. When my daughter started to flag, she held her hand and pulled her.
Because of the panto, my daughter had only gone back to Parkrun on 19th December after seven weeks off. She was gutted to have run it in 38 minutes.
No such worries with her friend there! It really was a delightful experience running with the two girls. Even though it was Christmas Day and we were just having fun, my daughter ran in 32 minutes, which she was very happy with.
And when it was all over, we went home to get on with the serious business of cooking Christmas dinner for eight.
It was a great start to Christmas Day and I’m sure it will become an annual tradition.