Anyone else do Parkrun?

(53 Posts)
Ooopsadaisy Sat 11-May-13 10:43:11

It's (almost) the highlight of my week.

Really motivational and friendly.

Just wondered if I am alone and if anyone else loves it as much as I do?

HeySoulSister Sat 11-May-13 10:49:26

is it??

i'm considering it....looks good. might register myself and ds

are there slower runners too? and whats the average time

Ooopsadaisy Sat 11-May-13 10:57:33

Do it, do it!!!

There are crazy fast runners and plodders.

One man runs with his child in a buggy quite regularly. A man of 80 runs our Parkrun and he's inspirational. Children run with parents.

It's for everyone.

If you google your local Parkrun and go to the results link it will show you last week's runners and times.

HeySoulSister Sat 11-May-13 10:58:57

yes,i have it bookmarked already....been waiting to pluck up courage to go. even bought ink for my printer to print of registration and barcode lol!!

needed a post like this to nudge me forward.

Merle Sat 11-May-13 11:00:49

Yes, I love it. Poorly today so disappointed to miss it.

HeySoulSister don't worry about average times. Have a look at the results for your local run. You will see a real spread of times - from (annoying) lads who do 17 minutes, to people who find it a challenge to walk it in 35 +. It is great and the support is terrific.

MrsBertMacklin Sat 11-May-13 11:02:28

They're all at 9am on Saturday in my area. Never going to happen for me!

Ooopsadaisy Sat 11-May-13 11:02:58

I go on my own but lots of people run together if you have a running friend?

Some people chat on the way round, others run to music.

The first time I went I self-concsiously introduced myself to marshall who was so helpful that it didn't matter I hadn't been before.

Parkrun has helped improve my running enormously.

I am now a time-freak who eagerly awaits their results by text every Saturday afternoon.

Lizzylou Sat 11-May-13 11:07:17

I ran at my local one this morning, I love it.
Really friendly and supportive, all ages and abilities.
I too wait every week to find out if I have beaten my pb.
That is what is so good, seeing improvement and only competing against yourself.
Go! The first time I went I hadn't ran 5km in about a year and was so slow I almost went backwards grin

Merle Sat 11-May-13 11:09:23

Oopsidaisy I'm the same. Last week mine had a big turn out (special occasion), so the results didn't come through til the evening. I checked for them every half hour! Have you been to Parkruns other than your home run? I was in London earlier in the year and went to one close to where I was staying. I like the way that they are so portable.

Ooopsadaisy Sat 11-May-13 11:17:55

Only ever done my local Parkrun and unfortunately my job requires me to work occassional Saturdays - gggrrrrrrr.

EauRouge Sat 11-May-13 11:20:59

Yes, I love it too. My local one has only been going for 5 weeks but I've already met loads of really nice people- all ages and abilities as Lizzylou said, there are quite a few parents and DCs running together which is lovely.

I helped out with the marshalling today and it was brilliant, everyone said thank you as they ran past. I get 100 points for marshalling, will probably be my highest score all year grin

HeySoulSister, the first Parkrun I did a few weeks ago was the first time I'd done 5k. I'm quite a recent C25K graduate. You should go! They have tail runners at every event and some people walk the whole thing so don't worry about times. You won't ever be last, even if you only run for 10 metres.

HeySoulSister Sat 11-May-13 13:12:59

I'm a c25k graduate too.... My 5k takes 35 mins but I've joined a running club so intend to improve it

Just don't want to be last!

EauRouge Sat 11-May-13 13:26:08

My first one was 34 mins something and I was far from last! 35 mins is a perfectly fine time, no one will think you are slow or rubbish.

Parkrun is great for improving your times, if you go regularly you will get to know the people who have similar pace to you as well. The ones towards the back of my local parkrun are around 45-50 mins and the tail runner is usually around an hour.

Sign up, gwan wink

Ooopsadaisy Sat 11-May-13 15:35:44

I got another pb today! I broke my 24 minute goal!!!!!!!!

I would never have achieved this without Parkrun (and my new running shoes)!

Is it wrong to be this happy about it?

Well done all you Parkrunners!!!!!

Anyone who is thinking should I/shouldn't I - do it, do it, do it.

HeySoulSister Sat 11-May-13 15:50:19

Well done!!!

I'm gonna register me and 2 ds's ages 14 and 10.... I'm also doing Northampton colour run with 2 dd's and ds and race for life with other dd, running was MY thing lol!! It's become a family affair, the teenagers love it

badguider Sat 11-May-13 15:58:30

I've been a few times. I wasn't fast (29min pb) but have run a few half marathons and further. Pregnant now with my first but my plan is to do c25k from 6wks or so to make sure I build up slowly and gently then to do a weekly parkrun. Concentrating on 5k means my runs will be nice and short. DH is very supportive and looking forward to his sat mornings with the baby smile

Ooopsadaisy Sat 11-May-13 15:59:57

HeySoulSister - are you in Northampton?????

CharlieUniformNovemberTango Sat 11-May-13 16:08:55

My DD (12) has just started park run. We missed today in favour of a local healthwalk on the seafront but she's been loving it.

She's happy if she's come in under 100th place. Ours usually has around 300 runners and is a great mix.

We have a few buggy runner, mums with young kids etc.

DS and I usually sit in the park and wave as she runs past us but he did a great 6 km walk today despite being a terrible walker so next week I'm going to walk it with him as I am no runner!

HeySoulSister Sat 11-May-13 16:54:13

No I'm in Bedford, but it's nearish for the colour run ( every 1k you get covered in a different colour from as you run through)

melliebobs Sat 11-May-13 17:21:56

Yup I do grin it was my parkruns 1st bday today

Otherworld Sat 11-May-13 17:29:41

Love it when I go but it's difficult to manage logistics of 3 kids and swimming lessons at the same time so it's rare that I'm there!

Ooopsadaisy Sat 11-May-13 17:31:18

Happy Parkrun birthday melliebobs!

wine flowers

melliebobs Sat 11-May-13 20:45:50

There was cake en everything. Made running in the freezing rain a bit more worth it wink

Ooopsadaisy Sun 12-May-13 07:12:03

We were lucky yesterday - the rain held off, but the wind really hit when we turned a particular corner.

As a small 9 stone person, the wind seems to really affect my running and I found all the big, burly men overtaking me. I think this must be purely a muscular thing, as they have more weight to push in the wind and you would think it would affect them more. It isn't age as all the women seem to suffer this way, even the SW20-24 (not just the VW40-45 and over!!!).

Have you noticed how women slow more on hills too? I guess that is a muscular thing too? It really hacks me off to see all the men push on on the hilly bits.

Is your Parkrun results board dominated by male runners? Is this purely down to physical strength or is there a Parkrun out there where women actually win the thing?

Lizzylou Sun 12-May-13 08:49:23

Oops, I was disappointed with my time yesterday . I never do well in those conditions and also if I have missed the run the week before (we were camping).
I am sure I have read that women's hamstring muscles are very often underdeveloped, that may be something to do with it?
I am useless on hills, despite my normal run from home being very hilly.

EauRouge Sun 12-May-13 09:12:37

Ours hasn't been going long, but yes, it has always been men at the top. The top 15 from yesterday are all men and there are only 7 women in the top 30. Strength is probably a big factor. I also think <gets on feminist soapbox> that women are not encouraged to do sport in the same way men are, and they are not encouraged to be as competitive. There are very few women in my category (SW30-34), I've no idea why this is.

I want to do some hill training so I can get faster. I think some people are surprised by this, thinking that I just want to bimble around to keep my weight down. I don't give a feck about if I am skinny; I want to be fit, and fast.

ItsNotUnusualToBe Sun 12-May-13 09:20:48

Parkrun is one of my running goals - well, two actually.

When I get out of bed, I'll be doing W4 R3 of C25K. I plan on doing my first parkrun in 5 weeks time. But my favourite goal is to do a parkrun in Australia when we visit family in August. I am expecting them to be astonished.

HeySoulSister Sun 12-May-13 10:17:15

itsnot go you!!!

Ooopsadaisy Sun 12-May-13 10:23:19

Yes it is a crying shame that women are not encouraged to be sporty.

Our Parkrun has plenty of women across all age bands but the men absolutely dominate the top half of the results board (showing off 'cos I was 4th woman!!!!!!). I really want to see more women getting up there and chasing the men on those bloody hilly bits. Only 1 woman in the top 40 here. 2 of the top 4, including the top woman, was under 19 (not me, I'm afraid - I'm 44!)

I am not a feminist, but I really wish more women could give them a run for for their money (excuse the pun).

EauRouge - hill running is the answer for stamina. Go for it. I am trying to run in bursts of speed to get quicker. My new target is 22.30. I am also tempted to go for my first 10k race this summer. I have run further but not under race conditions.

ItsNotUnusualToBe - Wow! Good luck! Am extremely jealous of Parkrun Australia plan. That sounds amazing. (Might start packing and join you!)

EauRouge Sun 12-May-13 10:32:17

Wow, that's a fast target time! I'm aiming for under 30 mins but then I only finished C25K a few weeks back. I haven't been able to run for over a week now due to illness and I'm really missing it.

I'm lucky that there's a big park on the side of a massive hill in my village so I can do laps of that for hill training. Not sure how often I should be doing it though, or how long for. I've been aiming to build up from 5k to 10k gradually and at the moment I've been doing 2 runs of just over 5k and then one Parkrun in a week. I'm trying to figure out how to fit hill training in and still have rest days. If anyone's got any tips then I would love to hear them!

Ooopsadaisy Sun 12-May-13 10:41:46

I only started running properly about 7 months ago. I was pretty fit already. My first Parkrun time was over 33 minutes so it can be done. I've just gradually upped my goal each time I achieve it. 22.30 is a long term goal and I am determind to do it.

I only get to run once or twice a week due to work/family etc.

I didn't follow C25K, but I have a running friend who motivates/encourages and got me started when I was a breathless plodder. She's brilliant but we rarely get a chance to run together.

HeySoulSister Sun 12-May-13 10:45:50

at running club we did hill training today....very effective!! not as bad as I thought,but I always try and incorporate some hills in my 5k runs....maybe its why my time is a bit slow? a flat 5k might give me a better result

Ooopsadaisy Sun 12-May-13 10:54:21

I don't belong to a running club as the one I wanted to join runs when I am at work. Now is not a good time to ask about changing my hours so I daren't.

I am interested to hear that they do "training" rather than just going out for a run. I could do with some speed-merchants to pace me at a level I can cope with. This doesn't really work at Parkrun because I haven't found the right person to stalk!

I set my sights on one man (for pace-setting purposes of course) but he had an amazing kick in the last km which left me sucking up dust in his wake. It probably had the adverse effect because I really struggled to even finish.

Lizzylou Sun 12-May-13 10:59:09

22.30 shock
I am so far away from that.
envy over Parkrun Australia. What a goal!

I did surprise myself by checking if there were any Parkruns in Anglesey before our camping trip last weekend. There wasn't. None in N Wales at all. I also decline social events on Fridays so I am fresh for Saturday morning.

Sooo, how do I get faster? Was wondering about doing last few weeks of c25k? My runs here are already very hilly.

melliebobs Sun 12-May-13 15:35:10

I do interval training once a week

Monday-hill/speed intervals for 30 mins if ur working to ur max u wouldn't want to do much longer
Tuesday- swim
Wednesday-long dog walk
Thursday-long run (trying to build to 10k)
Friday-swim
Saturday-ParkRun
Sunday- long walk smile

It's working slowly

EauRouge Sun 12-May-13 16:11:41

Thanks Mellie, that's really helpful. I could replace one of my runs with hill training to mix it up a bit.

jchocchip Wed 29-May-13 13:51:28

I love parkrun - I'm very slow but I want to do my 50th run before my birthday grin. C25k graduate here, surprised myself smile

pennygallops Fri 31-May-13 21:54:10

Love, love, love parkrun. I started in December, then my DS joined me in January and now my DH and DD also make the weekly visit to parkrun. Welcoming, friendly and no pressure.

jchocchip Sat 01-Jun-13 08:04:20

parkrunday who is running today? How did your run go?

BettyTurpinEyes Sat 01-Jun-13 10:50:24

Did my first parkrun today having read about it on here! Am only just getting back into running after having the kids, and had forgotten how much I love it grin I was really nervous in case I came in last, but according to my running app i came in just under 32 minutes, so I'm happy enough with that, and there were a fair few behind me! Will have to see what my official time is... So glad I found it, just wanted to thank you all for introducing me to parkrunning grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 01-Jun-13 10:55:24

I volunteered today <polishes halo>.

It was good fun, met some nice people and saw all the runners from crazily fast men who didn't look as though they were even trying to the walkers at the back.

pennygallops Sat 01-Jun-13 11:33:12

Well done bettyturpineyes - 49 to go to get your 50 T-shirt!

I also volunteered ohoneohtwoohthree - I love watching the styles of different runners and cheering people on. My DD joined me - think marshalling is more her thing.

EauRouge Sat 01-Jun-13 13:14:37

My DDs love volunteering, they made flags last time to wave as everyone went by. DD1 wants to do tail running next.

I planned to run today but I've been struck down with lurgy. I probably ought to have a day off anyway, I've been running 3 times this week and dug a new pond in the garden.

Well done new parkrunners and good luck on getting new PBs to everyone else.

pennygallops Sat 01-Jun-13 16:37:01

DD and I are the tail runners next week. Hoping my knee will be ok by then.

jchocchip Sat 01-Jun-13 20:15:32

Well done betty That is a respectable time smile. I didn't get a pb today but enjoyed my run in the sun. Loads of people there today smile Thanks to all the volunteers. I will volunteer again after I get to 50 which should be next month smile

BettyTurpinEyes Sat 01-Jun-13 20:56:23

Thanks guys, can't wait for next week now! I use a treadmill at home for my speed intervals and hill work and it seems that it's working - I did think though that I would find the trail runs harder because you have no choice but to keep going at your chosen pace on the machine, but it actually seems to be the other way around confused I seem to have much more energy left in my legs when I run outdoors! In hindsight I feel like I should have gone faster from the outset today but at the time I was worried I'd run out of steam as I had already done 4 miles last night...I think it's going to take a few more parkruns to work out my ideal pace! And I think I'm going to make Friday night a rest night,then I can really go for it on Saturday morning!!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 08-Jun-13 10:37:26

How were the park runners today?

Blue, I wonder if we might go to the same one (it had a birthday today)?

I started running with a really nice lady, got chatting going around the bottom and ended up not being able to breathe going up the hill. Then got a cramp in my foot from starting too fast. I didn't see her again smile.

EauRouge Sat 08-Jun-13 10:51:19

DH did his first Parkrun today! The other runners were suitably horrified at his crappy old trainers that he uses for DIY. I've been trying to talk him into getting proper shoes but he wanted to see if he liked running first. Well, he had a great time and says he wants to go again grin Can't wait to find out his time!

viewwitharoom Sat 08-Jun-13 16:26:58

Don't have a local Parkrun but have looked into those taking place in East Midlands so I can see if I can have a run when I am visiting family next month. Anyone know what the Leicester or Coventry ones are like? Are they fairly flat!?

BettyTurpinEyes Sat 08-Jun-13 20:28:20

30.02 today. I'm kicking myself a bit for not finding the extra couple of seconds from somewhere, although I could feel someone running right on my shoulder for the last half a kilometer or so, and I was determined not to let her pass me, so I was going at full stretch - I don't think I could have given it any more! I know its not a race, but I'm a real perfectionist and I love to compete, even if it's only against myself. Not that I'm any good, but I like to know that I'm progressing - I think Parkrunning is going to prove highly addictive!

jchocchip Mon 10-Jun-13 06:51:19

Coventry is flat according to my friend who ran there. But that might be relative as ours is 3 laps with a steep hill... no parkrun for me this week <withdrawal symptoms>

ItsNotUnusualToBe Sat 22-Jun-13 14:09:07

I ran parkrun. Whooooo hooooo. Last by a million miles (apart from the poor tail runner who has to watch my plodding arse all the way round . I did warn her at the start!

Despite being slooooow, I am delighted. The course was way hillier than I'd expected. Alarm bells should have been ringing when I found a runners world thread that described the course as 'unlikely for your PB, but not suicidal'.

I'm also posting on a C25K thread and hope it isn't bad form to post the above on two threads. But be grateful you only have to 'hear' it twice... My poor supportive family must surely be bored of my bragging by now grin

So, revised goals:
Run 3 times a week
Parkrun once a month
Brisbane parkrun in August.

Anyone else run today?

HeySoulSister Sat 22-Jun-13 17:12:40

I did!!!

my first one too....took ds with me,he ran too. he's 14. dd came to cheer us on. waiting for results now!! when are they roughly due,anyone know?

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