LETTER: Park Run perfect for mum

AS AN elite athlete of 17 years and now mother of two, I wasn't sure what to expect of a 7am Saturday park run.

I was happily surprised to see how many runners and walkers participated in the 5km run.

I grew up and lived in Ipswich almost my whole life but for the past three years lived in a small town in western Queensland, Miles.

I miss the outback countryside so last week when my hubby, Josh, suggested the Ipswich park run I was very keen to get the fresh air and exercise in a big green open park.

I started 12 minutes late due to pram tyre issues, and had four hours' sleep due to nappy change and breastfeed for baby Ella at 3am. It just goes to show, there's no excuse for morning exercise!

If you have never had anything to do with the Ipswich park run let me fill you in. After registering online, everyone from young and old, fit runners to those "working at it", all turn up at Limestone Park. A beautiful crisp morning awaits. 7am and off we go. Two laps of the course. From Bill Paterson Oval to PCYC and back. Helpful volunteers smile and tell you which way to go so no problems getting lost. Considering I haven't run more than 2km in about 8yrs-plus, I was pretty happy. I only lost feeling in my feet twice and my heart-rate steadily moved between 160-185bpm.

Young energetic kids, puffing adults, a man with his dog, a dad pushing a jogger pram, older people walking and what I'm assuming was dare with a few dressed in pjs wearing a medal, were all part of the fun.

Crossing the finishing line I got my barcode scanned and will get my email to give me my time.

So with a red face and wobbly legs I slowly made my way back to my car. All I could think was... next week I'll run quicker! And so the Ipswich Park Run may just become a regular part of the Acason week.

Well done and thanks to Ipswich City Council for this great initiative. Thanks to the volunteers. Rio 2016 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are only just around the corner so let's use that as inspiration get out there and get fit.

Deb Acason. Former Olympian



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