Eagan parkrunner of the Month for December 2017 is Ed Anderson. Quiet but determined would be a great way to describe Ed. The Illinois native made his first Eagan parkrun appearance on May 6, 2017 at Eagan parkrun #3 and now has a total of 21 parkruns to his credit. Ed attended each of the four events in December running twice and volunteering twice. Ed is as steady as a volunteer as he is as a runner. Get to know Ed a little better with our new parkrunner of the month Q & A below and be sure to say "Hi" next week:
How did you hear about parkrun?
My wife (sometime parkrunner/volunteer Penny Anderson) is a member of the fitness club at Eagan Community Center. She saw a flyer posted there, and mentioned it to me. I looked up the website and thought that was something I could participate in, and something that was especially good for our community.
How has parkrun changed your fitness/running?
Prior to joining parkrun, I ran Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, usually after dark, usually alone. I still do Tuesday and Thursday evenings, because I enjoy the quiet, usually empty streets, but I find myself looking forward to Saturday mornings when I can get together with a bunch of other people, in an encouraging social situation and see how well I can go up and down those hills.
What do you like most about parkrun?
This will sound strange coming from as introverted a person as I am, but I enjoy the social aspect of parkrun. I think it's wonderful that we celebrate each other's milestones, that we recognize people who have come a distance to run with us; I'm thrilled that we have people from all over the world come out for a run in the park with us. It's nice to have people recognize you, call you by name, and let you know that they expect to see you next week. That keeps me coming back week after week, and keeps me training in between times.
What is your most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?
I don't know why I have this peculiar difficulty, but when going around the "clubhouse curve" at the back of the course, I always want to turn left before the course does. On my second parkrun, I turned early, and found myself flying down a flight of steps. I sure didn't remember *that* from the previous week! But there was no stopping with the momentum I had behind me, so I got to the bottom of the stairs, and faced with the option of going back up the same stairs, or following the trail and hoping it led me somewhere familiar, I opted for the latter. I was relieved, if rather winded, when I found that after climbing up a steep hill, I was back on the clubhouse curve! Back on course, I got my mind back into the run, and then took the same wrong turn as before! Fortunately, I stopped myself before hitting the steps again, reversed course, and found the correct path!