Parkrunners unite!

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IsThatTrue Thu 25-Jul-13 14:15:27

Right, lets find all the park runners we have on here. I did my first park run on sat.

I am very impressed with my time of 33.18 smile I am ridiculously pleased with myself.

So park runners, where are you?

EauRouge Thu 25-Jul-13 14:45:25

There was a parkrun thread a while back, I don't know where it went.

That's a brilliant time, well done smile What's your course like?

My best parkrun time is 31.01, which is a miracle considering my local course has massive hill at the end. There's a new one starting near me soon that's mostly flat and tarmac so we shall see if I can get a new PB on that one!

I've volunteered as marshall a couple of times, that's really good fun.

HeySoulSister Thu 25-Jul-13 16:21:20

I'm one!!

Done 3 now. 31.15 is best time so far. Ds does it with me too. He's 14, so it's nice to have something in common with him. He's not embarrassed to be seen with me... But he is a bit faster than me

englishteacher78 Thu 25-Jul-13 16:35:23

Done one so far and got sub-30 just - 29:56!!! I was so ridiculously pleased. It's quite a hilly route as well. I'm off to South Africa for a couple of weeks but then I'm going to start doing it every week.

IsThatTrue Thu 25-Jul-13 17:18:54

Our one has a hill in the middle, it's not nice. Lol

I'm doing another local flatter one in a few weeks. I'm going to volunteer on the next weekend I have my big kids (8+6) so they can come and see what it's all about!

I'm still 2 1/2 stone overweight so as I lose the weight I'm hoping my time improves.

It's nice to see other park runners! I'd never even heard of it until a friend mentioned it 8 weeks ago when I started running!

IsThatTrue Thu 25-Jul-13 17:21:03

Well done english on a sub 30! grin

soul my friend joined me with her 9yo DS, he beat me, but only by 10 seconds! I'm not sure wether to be proud I kept up or ashamed a 9yo beat me! hmm grin

englishteacher78 Thu 25-Jul-13 17:28:41

My parkrun time is faster than one of my sixth form boys! That pleased me more than going sub-30!grin

IsThatTrue Thu 25-Jul-13 17:49:01

Oh I bet he's not best pleased with that english

YoniRanger Thu 25-Jul-13 18:03:24

Love Parkrun, my local one is pancake flat but in loops so the good runners lap you. It can be a bit gutting!

Got my PB of 29.50 the week I came last. grin

englishteacher78 Thu 25-Jul-13 18:30:53

Isit. He doesn't know. Yet.

IsThatTrue Thu 25-Jul-13 19:10:59

Well done yoni I was shock that I wasn't last tbh. And I thankfully didn't notice everyone lapping me (although its only 2 laps at ours) or I may have been disheartened.

I can't make the park run this weekend, I'm going to go at 7am and do the same route though. I need all the practise I can get!

AntsMarching Thu 25-Jul-13 19:29:56

I just started parkrunning in June. My PB is 28.13. I was so proud of that, but have to admit that it happened mostly because DH was behind me pushing our dds in the double buggy. I refused to be beaten by a man that hadn't run in over a year who was also pushing a double buggy!

IsThatTrue Thu 25-Jul-13 22:54:28

ants I can understand that determination. 28 minutes, wow I've got to up my game! smile

Did a 7k run tonight with friends in 45 minutes. Not bad at all.

EauRouge Fri 26-Jul-13 08:08:10

I'm aiming for a sub 30-min 5k as well, IsThatTrue, hopefully by the end of September. Can't see me doing it in this weather. I did beat my Parkrun PB the other day but only by 2 seconds grin

IsThatTrue Fri 26-Jul-13 09:41:39

Sub 30 would be great although I'm having to up my distance atm as I've entered a 10k run on sept 15th, so my speed training isn't getting the attention it deserves right now.

Anyone aiming for anything in particular? Speed? Races? General fitness? Weight loss?

Mitchy1nge Fri 26-Jul-13 13:54:38

I've discovered two possible parkruns, scrutinised the times of people in my age group and can see there is a good chance I won't be last (not that I'd mind much) but I haven't registered yet and I feel like I want someone to come with me the first time blush

HeySoulSister Fri 26-Jul-13 14:27:46

where are you mitchy? I took my ds,but it backfired a bit as he wants to do it every week now

EauRouge Fri 26-Jul-13 14:43:20

They have several new runners at my local one every week, so I doubt you'll be alone. They are very friendly and there's no snobbery from the fast runners towards the slower ones.

I know what you mean though, I almost chickened out of my first one but I'm really glad I didn't.

YoniRanger Fri 26-Jul-13 16:37:19

Coming last is not that bad, honestly!

I'm aiming for sub 25 before I become a veteran, so February next year.

IsThatTrue Fri 26-Jul-13 18:18:46

M1tchy register now! It's well worth it, everyone's friendly, they don't make you feel unwelcome at all. At the one I did the slowest was 42 minutes. Which for a 5k is not a bad time, especially with the huge hill in the middle.

yoni how many do you need to run to become a veteran? 100 or 250? Sub 25 is way out of my reach right now!

YoniRanger Fri 26-Jul-13 20:20:09

You become a veteran when you turn 35 I think.

IsThatTrue Fri 26-Jul-13 20:23:32

Oh I see, I have a while to get my speed up before then then. smile

EauRouge Sat 27-Jul-13 15:17:18

How did everyone do? 31.33 for me today. I was hoping to get round in 32 mins so pretty pleased with that.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 27-Jul-13 19:12:57

I PB'd, after a week of no running at all. My parkrun is very friendly Mitchy - do join your local one!

jchocchip Sun 28-Jul-13 00:34:05

<Bouncy bouncy> I joined the 50 club today grin. I'm the fattest slowest parkrunner on mumsnet Pleased to find out the t-shirt goes up to a size 26... ...and I'm not a 26 any more smile

Bakingnovice Sun 28-Jul-13 00:45:03

Isthattrue - did you say you started running 8 weeks ago??!! Wow. I'm about to start week 8 of c25k and too scared to do a park run. Have you lost weight running?

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 28-Jul-13 08:05:43

Well done jchocchip!

watchingout Sun 28-Jul-13 08:18:14

Haven't park run yet but I'm hoping to as my reward to finishing c25k in a weeks time. How long does the initial registration take? I do to want to tempt fate!!

Bumply Sun 28-Jul-13 08:25:24

Registration is just a case of filling out an online form and printing off your unique barcode that you need to present at the end of each run to have your time recorded.
I think if you do that by Friday it's ready to use the following Saturday.

SaltySeaBird Sun 28-Jul-13 08:35:41

I used to run a lot before my DD arrived last year but now I'm struggling to lose weight and to get back into running. My pre-DD PB was just over 27 minutes for a 5K (not at a ParkRun as there wasn't a local one) but post DD it's 36 minutes and 42 minutes at ParkRun blush It really feels like I've lost the ability to run!

I've not done a ParkRun for ages as I wanted to build up some fitness so I wasn't quite so far behind all the other runners, plus I struggle so much! I'm getting closer and I've been doing 4km runs this week and can't wait to do ParkRun again.

IsThatTrue Sun 28-Jul-13 16:48:57

Well done eaurouge and ohone

I did our park run route with a friend at 7am yest and got 33.48 so 30 seconds slower than my park run but my main aim was to run the hill in the middle which I did so I was very very pleased with that!

baking I've lost 16 lbs so far but that's only since I stopped snacking, switched most my white carbs for brown ones, swapped some of my carbs for more veg and started drinking lots and lots of water. Which was 5 weeks ago. I was the heaviest of been in 5 yrs though as I had gestational diabetes when pg with ds2, so once he was born I started inhaling cake and biscuits stating 'I'm breastfeeding so can eat what I like' hmm but when I started running and tried all the tight clothes on I saw what had happened to those biscuits and cakes (they had obviously gone straight to my hips) and in the running group I joined we did a session on diet on week 4. Since then, with my nutrition overhaul and running 30 mins (now 40-1hr) 3 times a week. Are you planning on losing weight?

IsThatTrue Sun 28-Jul-13 16:52:28

watching out, bumply is right, it takes a few minutes to register online, you need to print your barcode which you take with you each week) and you're good to go. The only stipulation is it needs to be done by 5pm fri night to run on sat morning.

salty you have not lost the ability to run, and 42 minutes isn't a bad time at all! I remember doing a race for life 5k with a friend 4years ago, and we did that in 43minutes, after a couple of months of training. Keep going. I don't know anyone who regretted putting their trainers on and going for a run! smile

Knackerelli Sun 28-Jul-13 16:55:37

My friend introduced me to parkrun and I love it! I'm not a speed runner ( more of a plodder!) so was really pleased with this week's pb of 30 mins 56 secs. My dream is sub 30!! My course is lovely and flat but looped so you see the faster runners head off to the finish line whilst you have another lap to go envy

Lizzylou Sun 28-Jul-13 16:57:46

Hello fellow Parkrunners grin
I did my 17th parkrun yesterday, my pb is 30.25, am desperate to get a sub 30 mins, well done to all who have. I have found it awful trying to run in this heat.
I agree at the friendliness of parkrun, ours is so inclusive, there are your 16/17 minute club runners who sprint it and then some who you hear doing C25k on their headphones, the slowest bat ours varies between 38-45 minutes.
Really starts the weekend off well.

IsThatTrue Sun 28-Jul-13 17:42:02

Well done knackerelli and lizzylou those are both really good times. I wouldn't call that plodding!

I'm doing a local flat park run this week but I've got ds2 (7mo) in the buggy for it so who knows what kind of time I'll get! Hopefully it won't be as hot as I agree it has been awful trying to run in this heat.

I get bored of routes quite easy so I thought I would spice it up with a different focus on each of my 3 runs in a week. So I'm heading out for some hill running tomo evening. Thurs I'll be doing 8k (my furthest ever distance) and then on Saturdays park run will be for speed smile lets see how that works for me.

watchingout Sun 28-Jul-13 17:50:01

Thank you IsThatTrue and Bumply for the registration advice -especially the cut off of 5pm!

I shall register on Friday after my w9r3 (graduation) of c25k and then pick the flattest course around wink

thenightsky Sun 28-Jul-13 18:50:25

I've just done my 4 park run. I took DS to my first one so I wouldn't feel alone. Trouble is he is now addicted and is running 4 times a week, buying fancy trainers and beating me hands down! I used to be a good runner, putting in a 10k or half marathon nearly every weekend at about 7 - 8 minute mile pace, but I''m shocked and disappointed to find I'm now running at 12 min pace due to being 10 years older with so many aches and pains like you wouldn't believe sad. Gonna stick at it though.

IsThatTrue Sun 28-Jul-13 18:56:48

thenightsky I suppose the good thing about having never really run before is that I have nothing to really compare it to. But 12 min/miles aren't the worst, and if you stick at it you will get better faster than you realise. And well done to your DS although beating you is really not on!

Lizzylou Sun 28-Jul-13 20:14:54

thenightsky, I know what you mean about aches and pains. I ran a lot a few years ago and my pace was lots quicker then. I also ached less confused
My knees and back were murderous until I bought some special running insoles which help.

AntsMarching Sun 28-Jul-13 20:22:21

IsThat I've been told that to get a faster 5K, you should run longer distances. So all your training for your 10K should also result in you running a quicker 5K.

I took up running last October and have done 6 10Ks since then. Whilst my 10K time remains pretty steady, my 5K time has dropped dramatically. When I started running, I was lucky to get 5K done in 40 minutes. I went sub 30 in June for the first time. I don't know if that's down to the 10K training, but I'm sure it didn't hurt.

Good luck with your training. I think 7K in 45 minutes is brilliant! Well done you! smile

Gatorade Sun 28-Jul-13 20:28:09

Another parkrunner here - although I think I ran my last one for a while yesterday, i'm 34 weeks pregnant with DC2 and it was just too hard. I'm going to miss it as I have been at least 3 out of every 4 saturdays for the last year or so. I will just have to get the PB buzz through the rest of you.

thenightsky Sun 28-Jul-13 20:28:14

Lizzylou My major pain is lower back too. Its bloody murderous isn't it? It comes in at about 14 minutes and gets worse and worse. I've tried stuffing pain killers down me before a run, but they have no effect. Currently googling 'lower back pain whilst running cures'.

Oooh hello lovely fellow park runners! Isn't it great?

I've just done my 17th. I think my first one was about 35 mins. My pb is now 28.16. Didn't quite make that speed yesterday as I had my dog with me and she decided to have a poo half way round the first lap shock

N4NNY Sun 28-Jul-13 20:40:03

Hello fellow parkrunners I love parkrun at my local one I'm known as the queen of parkrun I was the first at our event to get my 50 tshirt mainly because I had run loads before the event started. I've run 60 times at 5 different events. I event went to Iceland (the country not the shop grin) for the first one ever there. I am addicted.

IsThatTrue Sun 28-Jul-13 21:05:26

ants that's good to know, I was thinking of using my 5ks as speed training while I train for the 10k so it's nice to know it has the same effect in reverse.

gatorade congratulations on your upcoming dc. Running at 34 weeks pg is very commendable. I did Zumba once a week until I was 38 weeks with ds2 (now 7mo) but I sat down a lot and did no jumping. I couldn't imagine running! Well done you!

melanie you've knocked 7 minutes off in 17 park runs? Well done you! grin at your dogs park run poo! A few of my friends run with their dogs and they love it. Have you look into CaniCross at all?

N4ANNY you went to Iceland for park run?! Now that is commitment, you deserve the title of queen of the park run!

Canicross? No what's that?

I always say- running is mental, running with dog is excremental....

My best time was when I was training for a half marathon, so I was running 4 times a week, including long runs. All of that helps. The more you run, the better you get at running. Kinda obvious. But true.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 28-Jul-13 22:00:19

I'm marathon training, so doing all sorts (hills, intervals, long and short runs, biking once a week). I've really seen the effect on my parkrun time - yesterday I took over half a minute off my previous PB.

jellybrain Sun 28-Jul-13 22:33:06

I did my first Park Run while staying with my parents last week in 29.43. Was a bit shocked as I thought it had taken much longer - really hard work.
Will try my local one when I get back from my holiday.
Really jealous of those of you with T shirts I can't wait until I've earnt mine.

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 01:35:58

melanie canicross is running with dogs, great tips and there are even specific races/events. Well worth a look!

ohone a marathon < faints > I can't even begin to imagine that sort of distance. I did the moonwalk (walking event, marathon length, overnight through London) last year and that was bad enough, although I was 8 weeks pg at the time which made it worse tbh! Which marathon are you doing?

jellybrain well done on your first park run time, and sub 30, that's pretty amazing! I love park run and the way you're only really competing with yourself but its still an 'event' and a FREE one! I can't wait for a tshirt! I was very disappointed to hear that the 10 tshirt is only for juniors!

Has anybody read 'Running like a girl' ? I've just been leant it by a friend. It's one woman's journey to becoming a runner. It's pretty amazing.

EauRouge Mon 29-Jul-13 08:27:07

I want to do canicross when we get our dog. There are loads of good blogs about it if you google.

Well done to everyone on their parkrun times and to jchochip for your 50th! I thought I might be able to get my 50th within about 18 months but now DH has decided to take up running and I have to take it in turns hmm

jellybrain Mon 29-Jul-13 08:30:30

Thanks Isthattrue can't wait to do the next Park Run.
I will def take a look at the book you mentioned. Who's it by?
I run with my dog but, just use one of those double Halti training leads. It's long enough to go around my waist leaving ample length to attach to the dog. I usually let her go off lead once we get to the safe bits.

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 09:01:52

eaurouge now that is plain unfair of your DH, nobody should be made to take turns for park runs! How rude!

I'm going to have to miss at least 1 this summer as there isn't a park run near my mums house and we're up there over a weekend, boo sad although I'm really looking forward to running along the seafront, and if the tide is out maybe even the beach. I don't think I could manage to run on dry sand I find it hard enough to walk on! Lol

The book is by Caitlin Moran

AvonCallingBarksdale Mon 29-Jul-13 09:10:19

Oh, this thread has inspired me - I've done about 5 Parkruns, and my best time has been 31.30, but I've not done one for quite a while. I'm going to get going again, now!

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 09:33:36

Yay avon you never regret going for a run! smile

jchocchip Mon 29-Jul-13 09:57:05

watchingout I did my first parkrun to celebrate finishing c25k. Made the mistake of going far too fast on my first one and struggled to get a pb. At a different parkrun course I did a comfortable run the first time and had several pbs in a line. My local parkrun is wide tarmac paths so we have lots of prams, dogs and walkers... Just remember its a run not a race smile Oh and dfyb!

EauRouge Mon 29-Jul-13 10:16:10

Oh and dfyb!

You know you're a regular parkrunner when you have no problem understanding that acronym grin

jellybrain Mon 29-Jul-13 12:40:57

Just worked out dfyb.
Thanks for the author name'is it true' will download before I go on

HeySoulSister Mon 29-Jul-13 12:43:46

I've lost my running mojo!!

Need it back pronto

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 13:12:28

I'm not a regular park runner yet and dfyb is making me all confused

heysoul what gets you running? What stops you running? What routes do you like/dislike? I find the more I think about what running is to me the more I want up get out there NOW!

EauRouge Mon 29-Jul-13 13:14:44

IsThatTrue, what's the one thing you should never forget when you go parkrunning?

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 13:31:10

Haha now I've got it grin thanks eau

HeySoulSister Mon 29-Jul-13 14:35:02

i'm competitive.....I want to get better,but get disheartened sometimes. new song playlists,new routes...all inspire me.....taking different dc along inspires me too.

has everyone got their barcodes laminated?

Lizzylou Mon 29-Jul-13 14:40:17

I have barcodes all over the place, arm holder thingy for my mp3 player, dotted around the car, kitchen and high vis jacket.
I do need to laminate before weather gets worse.

I need some new tunes as well Heysoul, will sort today, thanks for reminding me grin

My parkrun has a wee box with alphabetical dividers - I have a pair of barcodes in there. Another pair in my phone. And spare at home on my desk. None are laminated.

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 18:33:59

I've given mine to a friend to laminate it but for now I'm using one, the rest of the spares are on my desk.

heysoul have you used mapmyrun to work out new routes? I used to run with music all the time but now I find the peace and quiet soooo lovely (gone from 2 dc at school full time while I work in silence at home, to 2 dc at school full time while I work from home with 7mo ds2!) so I haven't got round to making any playlists.

In an hour and a half I will be tanking it up a hill. And jogging back down, repeatedly hmm grin

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 18:34:40

melanie now that's a good idea, I'll suggest that to our organisers.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 29-Jul-13 20:28:09

I invested in a plastic barcode from and carry it on my keyring.

IsThatTrue Mon 29-Jul-13 21:52:15

jellybrain I'm sorry I stupidly asked dd to read me the author off my book and she told me the name under a quote on the front cover. The real author is Alexandra Heminsley. I shall never trust an 8yo again! grin

jellybrain Tue 30-Jul-13 00:03:23

No problem ITT- I googled it earlier and guessed that was the case. I have downloaded it to my kindle. Trying not to read it before I get on the plane on Thursday.grin

IsThatTrue Tue 30-Jul-13 05:12:43

Have some tissues ready its quite emotional. A friend read it on the plane to Ireland and said she sobbed most of the way. I'm a hard faced cow made of sterner stuff and only cried a little! smile

Well I went for my run last night, it wasn't a fast one 6.5k (4.2mile) in 48 minutes. But there were a lot of hills. I use the strava app on my iPhone while running and it tells you how much 'elevation gain' there is for your run. It was 1009ft. In the past 28 days I have run 13 times with a sum total of 2216 fr elevation gain! So I've never done a run with quite as much (or anywhere near as much) hilly stuff. But I survived smile rest now until weds/thurs eve when I'm going y
To do my longest ever run (8k)!!

Does anybody else use running apps? What do you find best?

I use MapMyRun. It doesn't talk to me during the run, but it's got all the stats that I can analyse when I get home - pace each mile, elevation, as well as the full history of my runs.

EauRouge Tue 30-Jul-13 07:25:11

I used RunKeeper, it always worked really well for me and I loved the competitive social aspect of comparing times with my DH. Also you can sync it with myfitnesspal if you're trying to lose weight.

I hated having a smartphone strapped to my arm though, so I've got a Garmin now. I much prefer being able to check my pace and time whenever I like instead of waiting for km markers.

jellybrain Tue 30-Jul-13 10:48:14

I used Runmeter for c25k but am having problems with GPS now I am going for the 10k - probably because the trees have leaves on now so I don't always have a clear view of the sky. I'm finding I can't update now as my phone doesn't have the right os. Luckily I am due for an upgrade at the end of the month.
So currently I am timing my run and then calculating the distance using mapmyrun. Managed 8.48 km in 57 mins on Sunday which included reuniting a wondering dog with it's owner.

watchingout Tue 30-Jul-13 17:35:34

Done it. Registered, barcodes printed and laminated. Now to pick a flat course grin

EauRouge Tue 30-Jul-13 17:59:06

Yay! I'm marshalling again this weekend, there's a new one starting near me and one of my mates is helping to organise it. The DDs are coming with me and DH is running.

IsThatTrue Tue 30-Jul-13 19:02:57

Yay watchingout well done for getting organised! You'll love it smile

eaurogue I need to wait until DH is back from India before I can volunteer although I'd love to be able to volunteer and still run.

Well all this running is doing some good. The scales said 12 stone 13 lb this morning. That's the first time since before I got pg with ds2 last march grin I'm very pleased with myself! 1st 2lb down, 2 stone 6lb to go smile and then I shall hopefully be much faster since I won't be carrying all this extra blubber around with me!

IsThatTrue Thu 01-Aug-13 22:05:59

Well I did my 8k run tonight (furthest ever, yippee!!!) in 53 minutes. I don't think that's too bad, especially as it was still 28 degrees here!

Who's running/volunteering this week? What's your aim if running? What's you're role if volunteering (of they let you know before the day)?

My aim is to complete it in under 32minutes, but I will be pushing ds2 in the buggy, so I have no idea if this is possible!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 02-Aug-13 20:01:28

Well done IsThat. It was jolly hot last night wasn't it? My Garmin said it was 31 degrees when I went out.

I PB'd last week, not sure I will tomorrow. I finished work today for 2 weeks and am tucking into wine and takeaway blush. Aiming for under 30 mins.

Good luck to you and your buggy!

EauRouge Fri 02-Aug-13 20:06:15

Good luck for tomorrow, everyone. I'm marshalling at a brand new Parkrun! Hope it goes well, I think it'll be a pretty good turn out.

thenightsky Fri 02-Aug-13 20:08:46

They mucked up my timing last week and knocked 10 mins off what I really did.

Looking forward to tomorrow as I seem to half-cured my bad low back pain by doing some gentle moves called Spinal Realignment technique that I found on youtube. Ran 2 miles with no pain yesterday smile

IsThatTrue Fri 02-Aug-13 23:54:33

ohone there's no harm in a takeaway with wine smile I did my first (and only so far) park run slightly hungover! wink

nightsky I hope you manage the run with no pain. I haven't been running long but (touch wood) no injuries so far. No idea how I'd keep going if I did injure myself.

Good luck everyone running, and to you marshalling eaurouge we couldn't run without our volunteers! smile

EauRouge Sat 03-Aug-13 11:13:57

I like marshalling, it's good fun. The DDs always get a picnic breakfast and help me point the runners in the right direction.

Today went really well, it was a great turn out and the course looks pretty fast. Might try it out myself next week! I now have the dilemma/luxury of choosing between two different parkruns every week.

IsThatTrue Sat 03-Aug-13 11:21:07

Well I came in at just under 36 minutes. It was a lot harder than I was anticipating with the buggy as 3/4 was on grass not path and I'd never run with the buggy on grass before. I also had to walk some because the ground was so dry and cracked I couldn't safely navigate it at speed with the buggy.

I'm quite pleased with myself as I now realise my target time was completely unrealistic. I doubt I'll be taking the buggy out of choice though as I was just so worried about all the bumping with poor DS asleep. Although DS was rewarded with flapjack at the tea rooms after. smile

thenightsky Sat 03-Aug-13 11:21:40

Well, I think I've done better this week. My back held out, which was a bonus and meant I could go a bit quicker (well it felt quicker). The faster people were coming past me a bit later than normal, so I guess that means I was faster. Looking foward to results later grin

How did everyone else do?

thenightsky Sat 03-Aug-13 21:51:24

I've not had an email with results today.... has anyone else heard how they did?

HeySoulSister Sat 03-Aug-13 21:55:34

I've given up running for 2 weeks now

Missing it!!

HeySoulSister Sat 03-Aug-13 21:58:41

Yes I have mapmyrun and run keeper

This time next week i will be en route to second mountain of my challenge, 3 peaks! Will have just gone up and down Ben Nevis ( we are allowing 6 hours for this) there is a Ben Nevis running club!!

No running til challenge is done as I don't want injuries!

IsThatTrue Sun 04-Aug-13 01:21:14

nightsky I checked on my local parkrun website and found the results. The text came through an hour or so later.

My recorded time was 35.28

thenightsky Sun 04-Aug-13 11:45:16

IsThatTrue Wow... I just check the website and my time was EXACTLY the same as yours! How uncanny shock

IsThatTrue Sun 04-Aug-13 18:30:39

Wow nightsky how odd, must be a good time if we both managed it! smile

Standingonlego Tue 06-Aug-13 00:05:26

Hello fellow parkrunners! Ran for the first time in ages on Saturday and remembered how awesome park run is!!! We have a flat-ish course with lots of runners....i was 151 this week....which was fairly respectable. A couple of running buddies just got their 50 T-shirts, I am very envy but it is a great goal to aim for

IsThatTrue Tue 06-Aug-13 13:52:39

Welcome standing I can't wait for a t shirt but I've only done 2 parkruns so far! I did my first run on holiday this morning. 6k along the beach. It was lovely but hot!

EauRouge Tue 06-Aug-13 14:14:25

I do want a T shirt but I'd be nervous of wearing it- DH overtook someone wearing a 100 T shirt at the weekend and was really pleased with himself grin

6k along the beach sounds lovely. I can't run this week because DH is away so I'm concentrating on doing some strength training instead. The DDs keep nicking my resistance band to play with though hmm

IsThatTrue Tue 06-Aug-13 14:53:58

My friend did a parkrun local to her holiday last week and she said that some of the people wearing 50s were doing it in 40odd minutes. Good on them for keeping at it I say.

Strava tells me I got a pb on 1mile, 2mikes and 5k this morning smile not too shabby!

IsThatTrue Fri 09-Aug-13 04:58:01

I ran 10.4k last night in 1hr 6 mins 50 secs! I am feeling rather proud! Now to get that time to under an hour!

How is everyone else doing this week?

I'm on holiday and have managed 2/3 runs for the week so far. smile

EauRouge Fri 09-Aug-13 08:27:34

That's fantastic! There's a 10k near me that I was thinking about entering but it's got a time limit of 1hr 15. How embarrassed would I be if I didn't manage it blush I think I probably could but it's on NYE and if it's snowy then I go a lot slower.

DH is back from his trip so I'm going to Parkrun tomorrow. Think I'll try out the new one and see if I can get a PB. Unlikely though since DD2 is being a total bugger and has been up for the day at 5.30 every day this week angry I am so bloody tired...

IsThatTrue Fri 09-Aug-13 13:43:59

eaurogue you've got plenty of time to get your pace up before nye! Go for it, I bet you'd come in under 1hr 15. There are no parkruns near my mums (where we're on holiday) which is rubbish tbh so I'm just going to do a run, although may wait until the evening. Prob go for the 10k again. I hope dd sleeps better for you tonight. DS2 is sleeping really badly atm as he's in the same room as me, dd and ds1.

MyDaydream Fri 09-Aug-13 20:23:34

I'm doing my first parkrun tomorrow, I've only just started running but I've looked at the website and I can keep pace with the slower runners doing a fast walk so hopefully won't make a fool of myself. I'll probably run it with DS though as my DP really wants to do it too.
Can I just ask how it works with the bar code and how I get it scanned?

EauRouge Fri 09-Aug-13 20:39:03

You'll be fine, they have tailrunners so you'll never be last. Everyone is so encouraging.

With the barcode, you just keep hold of it until you've finished. When you go over the finishing line you're given a little plastic barcode. Then you just hand that and your paper barcode to whoever is doing the scanning. If you get stuck then the volunteers should be wearing hi-vis jackets so it's easy enough to find someone to help you out.

Have fun and good luck!

thenightsky Fri 09-Aug-13 21:06:32

I've got DH to laminate my barcode. I've punched a hole in one corner so I can safety pin it to my shirt.

thenightsky Fri 09-Aug-13 21:07:37

IsThatTrue What time are we going for tomorrow? Let's see if we can match again! grin

EauRouge Sat 10-Aug-13 08:03:07

Argh, DD2 has been up all night shrieking again. Fortunately DH is home now so took his turn. Unfortunately that means he's now back in bed so no Parkrun for me today. I'll probably go out for a longer run later on. Good luck everyone that's parkrunning today!

I calculated what pace I'd need to run at to finish that 10k in 1hr 15mins and the slowest I could go would be 7.30 which is a whole minute slower than my usual I'm-going-slowly-because-I'm-going-a-long-way pace. So I might go for it.

BIWI Sat 10-Aug-13 11:19:15

Sorry to barge in, but is anyone here up to entering for a half marathon on 6/10? World Child Cancer, the charity that Mumsnet's very own Woolly Huggers are supporting, are in desperate need of runners. They have four places which they need to fill - if they can't fill them, they will have to pay out for them.

Link here if you're interested!

Thank you!

BIWI Sat 10-Aug-13 11:39:13

I misunderstood - they actually have 36 places that they have to fill, which they will have to pay for if they can't

MyDaydream Sat 10-Aug-13 11:46:21

I just did my first park run! Came in at 44.41 so just under the time frame I'd set for myself. I did have to stop for 30 seconds half way round to see if I could get DS to stop crying!

EauRouge Sat 10-Aug-13 13:10:08

Fantastic, well done! How did you find it?

BIWI- I don't think I'll have time to train for a half by then, but good luck getting the places filled. Have you tried any running forums? I bet you could find people on Fetch Everyone or The Running Bug.

BIWI Sat 10-Aug-13 13:29:29

Well, it's really World Child Cancer's job to do that I think grin I just responded to their urgent message on Twitter!

But I'll pass that suggestion on to them - good idea.

MyDaydream Sat 10-Aug-13 14:46:13

It was more difficult than I expected, I really thought I'd be able to run more of it than I did but it felt amazing getting cheered over the finish. Can't wait for next week now, and my DP can't do it for a few weeks now so I don't have to run with the pram.

IsThatTrue Sat 10-Aug-13 15:20:38

Hi mydaydream <waves> well done on your first run. It's hard with the buggy I did my one last week with the buggy and it was a lot harder than I thought!

eaurogue I think you'd be absolutely fine for a 10k, if I can you can smile

I didn't parkrun this week as I'm at my mums on holiday and there isn't one for about 20 miles sad I will be running 10k tomo though (would have been today but ds2 was up every hour last night with his bloody teeth).

How did everyone else do today? It was a bit cooler this week wasn't it?

thenightsky Sat 10-Aug-13 16:01:39

I was 13 seconds slower this week, but I put it down to having awful backache sad

I must force myself to do all the exercises the physio gave me, so I can run pain-free again.

Well done everyone else!

IsThatTrue Sat 10-Aug-13 16:37:53

thenightsky what's causing your backache? 13seconds is nothing really it's only 2.6 seconds a kilometre try not to be too downhearted.

thenightsky Sat 10-Aug-13 18:14:30

Back ache is due to trapped nerves in my spine which causes sciatica. I have to do exercises to relax my back muscles as they go into spasm sometimes.

YoniRanger Sat 10-Aug-13 18:54:58

Hi all, in spite of feeling like a nauseous sack of spuds I managed a PB today.

I have Race the Train next week so it was a little confidence boost. Hopefully I won't be much slower than my goal of 3hrs!

IsThatTrue Sat 10-Aug-13 19:02:54

thenightsky ouch, that sounds painful! Good on you for still getting up and running I would be on the soda eating malteasers

yoni well done on your pb! What is Race the Train? I've never heard of it.

melliebobs Sat 10-Aug-13 19:08:35

I had a change of ParkRun this week and went to a park near me who's first one it was. Christ almighty it was bloody hilly! Did it in 35 mins though which aint a PB (normal course is a bit easier) and the end is on a bloody big hill too blush

Tommorow I'm doing my first ever 10k. Bricking it

IsThatTrue Sat 10-Aug-13 19:13:59

Well done on your hard parkrun melliebobs are you doing a 10k run or a race?

melliebobs Sat 10-Aug-13 19:41:39

It's a race blush

Started running with some kind of intent march this year. Done 13 Parkruns, joined a free running club and done 5 5k races so thought it was time to move on and have a stab at a 10k

YoniRanger Sat 10-Aug-13 20:06:57

Isthatrue - Race the Train is a 14 mile cross country (ie uphillgrin) race in Tywyn Wales. The goal is to beat the steam train which takes about 1.45.

I'm not really in with a chance unless the train breaks. I'm just hoping not to die grin

IsThatTrue Sun 11-Aug-13 06:51:06

mellie good luck at your race! < waves Pom poms for mellie >

I started running in June and I'm doing my first 10k race on sept 15th hmm I must be mental!

Gosh yoni that sounds intense! What day is it? I will be cheering you on virtually! I can't imagine running for more than an hour yet.

jchocchip Sun 11-Aug-13 08:06:14

I volunteered yesterday and did scanning for first time which was fun! Three more weeks on anti inflamatories/ rest and then hopefully back running...

melliebobs Sun 11-Aug-13 18:36:30

I survived and ran all of it. 66 mins give or take smile

EauRouge Sun 11-Aug-13 18:41:03

That's fantastic! Well done smile

IsThatTrue Sun 11-Aug-13 19:11:29

Yay melliebobs well done! Not a bad time at all and a huge congratulations for running it all. You have great strength of character (how easy is it to just say 'oh I'll just walk for 30 seconds/1minute/2minutes'?)

Standingonlego Sun 11-Aug-13 22:24:09

Excited parkrunner here...did my best time this year on Saturday!!! I think the 30 days shred may be working some parkrun magic...might be all those blinking lunges...

Well done mellie that is brilliant!!!!

Lovely to have some running company on here smile

mollycuddles Sun 11-Aug-13 22:41:22

Parkrun changed my life
Did c25k in 2011 and started park running in July. Made some friends and then joined the running club they all went to. Did a marathon in May this year. 6 hours 30 but who cares I still did it
Have done 38 park runs. I want my 50 t shirt!!!
Have to do my share of volunteering and dh like to run too. Which is great ( but doesn't help me get to my 50)
My pb is 28.52 although marathon training and excessive carb loading means I'm off the pace and carrying some weight right now. Hope to get sub 30 again but Christmas. Maybe in time for my tshirt

mcmooncup Sun 11-Aug-13 22:48:51

I'm a park runner too. I just love the pure enthusiasm of this amazing free event.

My PB is 25.15 which I did last year but yesterday was only 27.10. I want a sub-25 time in the next month. I'm on a mission.

wileycoyote Sun 11-Aug-13 23:03:24

My P.B for a 5k is 27.30 and I have done a sub hour 10k but my times are sooo variable. Sometimes I feel like I am flying along, other times I keep having to fight myself to not just break into a walk because it all feels too hard!
Does anyone monitor their heart rate whilst running? What should it be for the optimum fitness gains?

IsThatTrue Mon 12-Aug-13 01:59:22

standing good on you! I have the 30day shred at home from before ds2. I really should dust it off, I just find it hard to fit it in.

molly well done on your marathon that is amazing! Last year I did the moonwalk (walking marathon overnight) bit I was 9 weeks pregnant and I felt awful through it all, I could h contemplate running one! Well done.

mooncup I'm still hoping for a sub 30, sub 25 is a long way off for me, but well done. Keep focused and you'll get there.

wiley I find some days are much much easier than others for running. There is a massive correlation between my times and how often ds2 woke the night before. I don't monitor my heart rate while running, hopefully somebody with a bit more knowledge will be along soon.

melliebobs Mon 12-Aug-13 08:21:42

I'd love a sub 30 ParkRun. I've done sub 30 5k races but both the park runs I go to are hilly so never say never but feel ill struggle! 31:31 is my best so far

Imwoodword Mon 12-Aug-13 09:01:32

I wanted to do my first park run on Saturday but was too scared in case I couldn't do it (despite running 5 miles in the week). I've never run outside only on a treadmill so worried it will be more difficult?
I went to the gym anyway and ran 5k so I know I can do it so will be going along for the first time this Saturday!

melliebobs Mon 12-Aug-13 11:16:42

I find being outside a lot easier than the treadmill and having other people around u really helps. Intend to pick out a person when I'm on route n try n stick with them and use them to help me keep my pace smile

29.29 this week - I tell myself under 30 is good, under 29 is great, and I'm still working on getting under 28! (PB 28.16, but that was when I was training for a half-marathon, and consequently running 4 times a week)

Yay a Parkrun thread! I've been doing it for a while now, but not as often as I mean to. Desperate to get my 50 t-shirt but have a way to go yet! Haven't read whole thread but are any of you Parkrun tourists? I'm not - I've only done my most local one, but I'd like to try another nearby one.

IsThatTrue Mon 12-Aug-13 12:41:05

holmes I have done 2 parkruns at 2 different locations. We have loads locally so I can pick and choose courses. It also depends if I have ds2 in the buggy or not as our most local one is in the woods and just not suitable for my buggy.

imwoodword I have never got on with treadmills but I reckon outside running should be ok, especially when you start looking round at your surroundings and watching the other runners. Honestly just give it a go, even if you end up walking it, you'd still be cheered across the line I'd bet!

melaniecheeks 28.16 is a brilliant time. My parkrun pb is 33.18 but my 5k pb is 32.15. I have done a few 10k runs recently training for a race, so I'm going to go for a 5k tomo and see if I can push myself

Melanie - your times sound a bit like mine. PB is 28 something, but I haven't got under 29:30 for a while! For me, the secret to getting faster is to stop just doing steady same length runs, and do some intervals and speed work. Oh and losing some weight! I will feel lighter and quicker when I've ditched the holiday flab. <studiously ignores large tin of fancy chocolate biscuits dh just callously opened>.

melliebobs Mon 12-Aug-13 14:08:11

There only one parkrun near me
until this weekend just gone! It was the only new park run in the uk this weekend so people had come from all over the place. Some had come up north from London blush nutters. And word on the ParkRun street is that it's possibly the toughest uk route so I wasn't just being soft! Lol

TheSmallPrint Mon 12-Aug-13 14:12:31

My DH does park run and my 9yo DS has been desperate to join him as one of his mates goes with his dad. He went the first time a couple of weeks ago and ran 26.53 and the week after he beat his dad at 25.48! He's never run before grin how I miss those days of boundless energy.

IsThatTrue Mon 12-Aug-13 14:33:26

mellie shock at people travelling so far for a new parkrun. But just think how fit you'll get conquering a hard one.

holmes I'm still 2 1/2 stone over a healthy weight, so I'm hoping as the weight goes down do will my pb.

thesmallprint well done to your DS. I too miss the days of never getting tired and wanting to run everywhere!

Standingonlego Mon 12-Aug-13 15:42:01

inwood outside running is much easier than treadmill as there is so much to look at. You will be great, and parkrun is really relaxed and friendly. Just go for it, you will surprise yourself. If you can do 5 miles indoors, 5k will be more than fine.

My local is quite flat, thinking of trying some of the others!

EauRouge Mon 12-Aug-13 15:47:34

I was playing spot-the-tourist at a new parkrun the other week, there were loads but most of them had only travelled 30-odd miles.

inwood, loads of people walk at parkrun so if you can run 5 miles you'll be absolutely fine. You do lose yourself in the scenery when you're outside and I don't think you notice how far/fast you've gone because it's not right in front of you all the time.

Imwoodword Mon 12-Aug-13 21:13:34

I'm worried about pacing myself - on the treadmill I know what speed to do, concerned that when its just down to me I'll peak too early! Thanks for the encouragement all, dedin

Imwoodword Mon 12-Aug-13 21:13:57

Fat fingers! Definitely going to go down to do it on Saturday.

EauRouge Mon 12-Aug-13 21:19:46

I found it a bit tricky at first because it's tempting to dash off at the start with everyone else. If you haven't got a GPS watch with a pace alarm then you could always find some songs on that are the right speed, at least for the first km until you get into your stride.

I ran 7k today this morning and took the DDs geocaching in the afternoon (uphill with DD2 on my back) and now I'm wishing I had a foam roller. Ouch.

Standingonlego Mon 12-Aug-13 22:58:10

Good advice from eau about the pacing. Make sure you position yourself about 3/4 of the way from the front so you do not get caught up in the excitement of the fast front runners. If you know from your gym work roughly your estimated time for 5k maybe ask when you arrive for someone who is running about the same time. Everyone is very friendly. Alternatively, most of the park runs have a facebook page so you could drop them a line and say "hi I am new, I need a buddy" and sure someone would offer to hook up with you. I started park run on my own but a smile and a hello goes a long way and I have met some lovely folk. this was a log winded way of saying GO FOR IT!!!! If you go off too fast, you can always walk and catch your breath smile

Most importantly...don't forget your barcode (DFYB) and remember its a run not a race grin

IsThatTrue Tue 13-Aug-13 07:26:37

imwooward I found pacing hard on my first parkrun as I kinda got swept along with everyone, but it's only because ours has a tiny bottleneck near the beginning. But I was always told by a friend that if I feel I've gone too fast to slow down, there's always a slower pace, and if you can slow down but keep jogging to recover, it's easier to speed up again. Not that walking to recover would be a bad thing tbh. As standingonlego said, it's a run not a race, and the only person you really compete against is yourself.

I'm heading out for a 5k this morning when my parents get up to watch the kids. We'll see if I can push myself since I've only been doing 10ks recently.

I usually run with my dog - so we start at the back of the pack. Our's is a 3 lap route. First lap, I'm overtaking the slower runners and picking my way through to a less crowded part in the middle. Second lap I keep out of the way of the faster runners who are heading for the finish! I enjoy the third lap as there wont really be anyone passing me, and I try to reel in one or 2 runners in front of me. But I think that finishing stretch is where I could pick up a bit more speed - I should start my final burst sooner.

IsThatTrue Tue 13-Aug-13 09:43:50

5k in 30.18min smile but half a mile of that was on the beach which was hard! I'm very impressed though my pb before was 32.48, so by training for 10k I've knocked 1.30 off my time shock

Imwoodword Tue 13-Aug-13 16:18:54

Well done IsThatTrue that's amazing!
I did a little 2 mile jaunt around the streets as a first ever run outside and it was ok - except my hair bobble broke so I was constantly pushing hair out of the way!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 13-Aug-13 20:59:34

Well done IsThat! I did 5k's worth of hills tonight as part of my marathon training and did it far faster than usual - last few runs have all been 6 or 7 miles.

High five to Molly. MASSIVE WELL DONE. We were on the same C25K thread a couple of years ago (I have nc'd several times since so you won't recognise me). You are brilliant!

Standingonlego Tue 13-Aug-13 21:06:26

imwoodword congratulations on your first al fresco run! Hope it went well, lovely evening for it!IsThat I think i need a few longer runs to help my 5k time and you have given me the push i need for a decent leg stretcher tomorrow.

IsThatTrue Tue 13-Aug-13 21:55:53

imwoodward well done on getting out into the big wide world. I love running outside, there's always something new to see.

ohone it's amazing how training for different things really helps, whereas you get stuck if you keep doing the same training over and over.

standing I'm glad to be of service grin people had said to me that doing longer distances help your times on short runs but I'm not sure I was all that convinced. But it honestly worked as you know you can push that bit harder as you're not trying to keep something 'in the tank' as it were for the rest of the run.

IsThatTrue Thu 15-Aug-13 15:35:13

So who's running this week? Anybody volunteering for the women?

I'm doing the local hilly parkrun and hoping to come in around 30 minutes.

I've sent an email volunteering to be a helper this week. Weather forecast isn't that great.

Next week I'm EITHER doing a Colour Run OR a dog show, so no Parkrun then, and the following week I'm in Vegas grin

IsThatTrue Thu 15-Aug-13 16:10:47

What's a colour run melanie ? Oooh enjoy Vegas, I got married there last February, it's wonderful, can't wait to go back!

A colour run is an American invention which is catching on here - it's a 5k run, you start in a white Tshirt, and at certain points along the way bystanders throw coloured paint at you. It's for charrridddeeeee, natch. And fun, rather than speed.

BUT the dog show would be little Minnnie's first opportunity - and while there are 5k and 10k runs every darn week, entry level dog shows aren't that common. So I think I should do that.

Anybody want my Colour Run entry? Belfast, Saturday 24 August?

IsThatTrue Thu 15-Aug-13 16:45:43

Wow a colour run sounds fun smile I can't get to Belfast though so that's me out!

The dog show sounds great too though. Oh other people have much more interesting social lives than I! Lol

Goldendandelion Thu 15-Aug-13 20:39:08

I've registered for my local Parkrun today. I'm planning on going this Saturday with my Dh. It'll be the first time for both of us.

IsThatTrue Thu 15-Aug-13 21:25:27

Yay golden first timers are always welcome at parkrun. My DH won't can't parkrun with me as he scared ill beat him he has to look after the dcs. grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Thu 15-Aug-13 22:04:33

No parkrun for me this week - still on holiday - but I've just totted up that I've run 50-odd miles on holiday over the last two weeks. Mostly on deserted beach/woods/coastal path looking at the sea and sky.

I will be trying to recall the solitude when I run my marathon with thousands of other runners in November.

Newrowsees Thu 15-Aug-13 23:28:20

Ooh exciting, a place for parkrunners! I've only done 3 so far but I think I'm a bit addicted now, despite not being a runner in any way.

I've found a really good course about twenty minutes away and it's got a really nice café and playground so DP and the DCs can have a fun morning out as well. Did a 26:something last week, aiming for under 25 this week - cant wait for Saturday!

IsThatTrue Fri 16-Aug-13 04:32:35

ohone 50 miles! Cor blimey guvna! Well done. It's lovely running near the seaside isn't it. Wish I could do that every day.

newrowsees welcome. Indeed I know many people who become slightly addicted to parkrun. Although I'm not sure about this 'not really a runner' business if you did 26min! shock I haven't got a sub 30 yet and I'd call myself a runner although still carrying at least 29lbs extra weight, 21lbs down already from where I started though

My husband comes home from India tomorrow so sat morning he shall be spending quality time with ds2 while I parkrun smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 16-Aug-13 10:25:22

Good grief newrowsees <faints at the thought of a sub-25 minute parkrun> grin

Welcome to the thread, and welcome home Mr IsThat.

EauRouge Fri 16-Aug-13 11:44:07

I would love to manage a sub-25 min, it'll take me a while though!

I was hoping to run tomorrow but I feel like crap. Does anyone else not feel like running on their period? It's not just the pain, it's the dizziness and nausea and generally weak 'bleugh' feeling. All I want to do is lie on the sofa and stuff my face with starchy carbs sad

IsThatTrue Fri 16-Aug-13 11:51:56

eaurogue I haven't had a period since I started running (still bf ds2) so I've no idea, but I do find I have days where I feel shite and if I still go I feel a bit better after a run. Although if you're feeling dizzy lazing on the sofa sounds like a much better idea.

Bakingnovice Fri 16-Aug-13 13:29:44

I'm doing my first ever parkrun tmrw with the kids (11 and 8). I finished c25k last month and have been running 5k on my treadmill. I've registered and nearly fainted when I saw there are about 350 runners at my park run and the first 100 people are finishing in under 20 mins. Wtaf!!!

Kids are excited and I have ore warned them that my run is at their walking pace. I'm a bit nervous of them speeding ahead without me but they know the park well and have promised to stick together. Please wish me luck. I'm seriously bricking it.

baking you will be absolutely fine! Dont worry about where anyone else is finishing - those sub-20 minuters are all SERIOUS runners.

Well, I'm officially marshalling tomorrow, in a fetching high-viz vest smile

IsThatTrue Fri 16-Aug-13 13:47:36

baking welcome to the parkrun family. You will be fine. Don't worry about anybody else's times. The only person you compete against in a parkrun is yourself.

Good on you for marshalling melanie I can't volunteer this week but hopefully can next week (although I'm hoping to volunteer and run of possible).

That reminds me I must hunt out my barcode.

Knackerelli Fri 16-Aug-13 14:02:54

Yay baking! You'll love it. Mine is a smaller parkrun to yours; about 100. Most finish between 15-17 mins envy just enjoy being there, the wind in your hair and hopefully not the rain on your face!!

Bakingnovice Fri 16-Aug-13 16:15:08

Thanks for the encouragement. Can anyone tell me where the hell you keep your barcode? Ds suggested in socks but don't want to pull a soggy sweaty barcode out at the end of the race.

To prep for tmrw we decided to have a really healthy day. Started by skipping breakfast and having 1000 worth of butterkist sweet popcorn for lunch! Note to self: reign it in ya silly caaaah.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 16-Aug-13 17:23:39

Bakingnovice - some people at my parkrun keep their barcodes in a small plastic bag (e.g. a sandwich bag), and safety pin it to their shirt.

I have one of these, which I keep on my keyring.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 16-Aug-13 17:25:31

Eau - sympathies. I also find it really hard to run at that time of the month.

BIWI Fri 16-Aug-13 18:34:07

Newrosees what do you mean, you're not a runner?! You sound like one to me!!!

Did anyone see Mo Farah win his 5K race this afternoon? With a winning time of 13:26.98 ...


BIWI Fri 16-Aug-13 18:36:51

I've just had a look at my local Parkrun and it's a bit depressing really. 354 runners, and 288 of them managed the 5K in less than 30 minutes.

And I thought I was doing well <glum>

IsThatTrue Fri 16-Aug-13 18:56:30

baking I put my barcode behind my phone in my arm strap. I have seen people put theirs in their socks though or the little pocket on running trousers/tops.

BIWI that still leaves 88 people running in over 30 minutes. You're doing amazingly just by getting out there and running at all!

Well I did a 10k today in 1hr 5 min so I'm getting faster, especially as I'm home and it's not as flat at the seaside! Lol. DH has agreed to have DS in the morning smile

My aim tomorrow is to finish in 30 minutes (or less) and to run the big hill in the middle. We shall see how well that goes. smile

mollycuddles Fri 16-Aug-13 18:56:53

Biwi - you are doing well. The only person you're competing against is you.
I'm around 35 at the moment. I got to 28.52 last year but have got fat so times have gone up. Keep on running and be the best you can be.
I've friends through parkrun and my club who are sub 18!!!
One of whom hugged me after my 6.5 hour marathon and told me I epitomised all that was good about our club!
At parkrun when I'm being lapped my speedy friends always wave and speak to me telling me how well I'm doing. Runners are the most weirdly nice people I've ever met

I'm doing color run in Belfast on 24th August too. Might have someone who could take your entry Melanie. Which Belfast parkrun do you do? Would love to meet up and let you beat me smile

Standingonlego Fri 16-Aug-13 19:20:10

baking occasionally they give out little laminating pouches at our park run. I covered mine in sellotape front and back and that worked smile I also have one that I printed randomly on photo paper in the printer and that works well too and does not run in the sweatiness (nice).

We have about 200 at my park run and over 25% are 30 mins or more. It really is a spread of times, you are only measuring against your own progress smile

Good luck to everyone running tomorrow morning, look forward to run reports afterwards smile

Oh hi mollycoddles! My home park run is Wallace park Lisburn, but I've done the house of sport one and the portrush on the beach one, which is Very pretty but a bitch to run on. Would love to try some other Belfast ones :-)

IsThatTrue Fri 16-Aug-13 19:41:03

standing are you running in the morning?

molly I'm steadily getting faster as the weight comes off. I'm only 2 stone over being a healthy weight now hmm but I'm now overweight rather than obese so it's gotta be good.

An I mad to run the mile and a half to the park run in the morning? It won't go fast but it means I can get up a bit later <lazy bitch>

mollycuddles Fri 16-Aug-13 19:44:52

I generally do Belfast Victoria but my folks are moving to near Wallace so will do it at some point. Fancy Portrush as its different. I've done Craigavon which was lovely (not something said about Craigavon very often...)
Vic park is pretty flat

Is that true - during marathon training earlier this year I ran to parkrun a couple of times. 11 miles from here.
1.5 is nothing
(Yes I am mad)
I'm about 3 stone over my ideal and 2 over the maximum where I'm happy. Marathon training made me very hungry

Oh I'd love to do Victoria some time, I lived in east Belfast for a loooong time, and have a real affection for that park next to the cranes and the airport. How many laps is it?

And yes wow to mo Farrah doing 5k in 13 minutes!!!!

IsThatTrue Fri 16-Aug-13 19:55:07

molly you ran 11miles to parkrun? Jesus I feel like a wimp now!

And yay for MN parkrun meet ups smile

mollycuddles Fri 16-Aug-13 22:11:59

It's 3 laps of vic park.
Due to various other commitments I won't be there until probably 14/9 now sad

mollycuddles Fri 16-Aug-13 22:13:39

is that true

Yes I did it twice. Set off from home at 6am. Totally insane. Finished parkrun in about 37 as the last 3 miles of my 14 milers

Ok Molly, I'll come and do vic park some time Late September, and you'll come to Wallace maybe in October?

mollycuddles Fri 16-Aug-13 22:55:34

That's a deal - 19/10 for Wallace? 14 or 21 Sept for vic park. DH is developing a triathlon habit so I'm following him around other events the rest of the time. I'm never going to get my 50 at this rate
If you're doing color run we can meet at TQ
Pm me and I'll send you my mobile no

Have to be 21 September but deffo up for that! Will pm

Standingonlego Sat 17-Aug-13 00:28:58

mollycuddles respect for the marathon miles, and have fun with melaniecheeks smile

IsThatTrue yes, I am running in the morning!

Only 9 hours time we will all be zapping around our respective local runs. Good luck to all especially golden* baking*inwoodword and others doing ParkRun for the first time. Hope you love it, and don't forget your barcode grin

MyDaydream Sat 17-Aug-13 07:00:54

Baking and BIWI, I did my first park run last week and came in the bottom 5 but I was so happy with that because I finished it, and that's just my starting point. I'm going to be sub 30, when the weight falls off and I get better at running, but for a 4 stone overweight woman who hasn't done any proper exercise for 3 years I'm doing okay. My goal today is still above 40minutes.

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 07:24:40

Good luck everyone smile

Great attitude mydaydream

Well I had an 8 week plan (after my running group) and I had 3 goals.

1. Run 5k without stopping
2. Run 3x a week all summer
3. Lose 1 stone

I have 2 weeks left still but I have checked off number 1 (and can run 10k without stopping) I have managed 2 so far even with childcare problems and hot weather. And as of today I have lost 1 stone 1lb smile

I'm very very happy this morning. Now to conquer that parkrun!

Standingonlego Sat 17-Aug-13 10:20:48

Hope everyone had a lovely run, waiting for my time but i was position token 153 AGAIN - that is the 3rd week in a row shock. However, it was busy today so hope that is a good thing.

Looking forward to hearing how everyone got on smile

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 10:24:38

I can't even remember what position I was. But my running app had me at 31 minutes. We'll see what the official time was later.

I did pb on 1/2 a mile, 1mile and 2 miles though, but it was my 2nd best 5k, although my best was very flat at the seaside, and our parkrun is anything but flat! smile

BIWI Sat 17-Aug-13 10:25:28

Brilliant, IsThatTrue!

Bakingnovice Sat 17-Aug-13 10:35:06

Hi everyone. Thank you for the encouragement yesterday. I'm v emotional today. I did my first park run! I have wanted to do it for years. I think I was about 197 and although on the treadmill I do 5k in about 37 mins I think I did it in about 45. Maybe my TM is wrong?

Loved every second. The volunteers who cheer you on are bloody amazing. I could actually cry today. I feel over the moon. A few months ago I could feel the onset of depression again. I've always preferred exercise over medication and never thought I'd run 5k. I can't wait to run next week.

It's my 10th week running. Can anyone give me weight loss tips? I've not lost much despite running 3x a week.

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 10:40:45

baking I didn't lose much to begin with as your body converts fat to muscle and muscle is heavier. But I'm losing weight now. What's your diet like atm? That might help me get an idea of what tips to give you. And CONGRATULATIONS on your first parkrun. Be proud of yourself. I think running outside is usually a bit slower than a treadmill as you aren't used to the terrain and sometimes zigzag across the path etc. but now you've got a base time you can try and improve on next week smile

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 10:43:57

Also baking have you measured yourself? I do my waist (smallest part) my chest (underboob) and my hips (largest part) so far I have lost 4 inches from chest and hips and 5 from waist. But I saw a drop in the measurements before i saw a drop in the weight.

Hi, I know I joined quite late, but I do Parkrun too. Am hoping for a better time than last time but I know this was definitely one of my slower times.

Today's run was therefore okay but not that good- onne man speed WALKED past me blush

Imwoodword Sat 17-Aug-13 11:07:51

I managed my first one! Came 113 but no idea out of how many! Waiting for my time but very pleased with myself for doing it.

Agree with baking that the volunteers are great - my husband brought my 2 sons to watch me and is thinking of volunteering to do it, as long as he can have the boys with him.

Well done to all, did think when I was running round of you all doing it!

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 11:08:47

Welcome themagickey I love your name! grin welcome to our online parkrun family. That must be some fast speed walking that man was doing! shock but don't be disheartened. smile

Well done everyone! I had fun marshalling. Very windy here so I dont think there'll be many PBs, but we did have a female first home.

baking exercise will not help you lose weight, diet does that. Exercise changes your shape and makes you feel better, but dont rely on it for weight loss.

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 11:10:50

Well done imwoodward I'm pretty sure your DH can have the dcs with him while volunteering (and they can even volunteer too if they would like to 'help') its never too early to get them involved. I saw a 4year old running today! shock

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 11:12:05

melanie what was your marshalling duty? We're you one of those lovely people cheering us on? smile

Thanks IsThat although he might have jogged a bit behind me, or so I'm telling myself. Came 44th but the crowd wasn't that big, usually I'm about 60-70 and usually I'm not completely crap!

Goldendandelion Sat 17-Aug-13 11:34:10

Well I did it! It was hard! There is a hill in the middle that killed me, but I got round smile. Just got to wait for my time now

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 11:35:33

Well done golden we have a massive hill in the middle, it's not nice and I walk it

MyDaydream Sat 17-Aug-13 12:00:04

Well done baking, I felt the same after my first last week. I'm trying to loose weight and just thinking about everything I eat, and a lot of the time deciding I don't actually want it. I agree with the muscle/fat thing too, you'll probably notice your pants are looser before the scales change.
Imwoodward, a lot of volunteers at mine have kids with them. There are loads of kids at mine either volunteering or running. I got beaten by a lot of children today, including a child who looked about 3. He did cheat and got a piggy bank part way.
I ran 30 seconds faster than last week and came in at 390. I found it really hard going today for some reason, but all the people cheering me on really got me going.
I'm finding some of the really fast runners a bit scary, I've been doing it with the pram and sticking to the very edges of paths to give as much room as possible to everyone else, but people overtake me on both sides, even when I'm cornering. I'm really worried about clipping someone and making them fall. Maybe I need a T-shirt with 'beware pram runner' on the back.

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 12:08:23

mydaydream I find it harder/easier depending how well DS has slept the night before. Last night he was up 3 times feeding! I still got a parkrun pb though so not all bad. Well done running with the buggy. I found that really hard when I did it so I leave ds2 with DH if at all possible.

BellsaRinging Sat 17-Aug-13 12:12:21

I've found you all! I love parkrun. Usually run with ds (8) which was a good excuse for a slow run on a saturday but as he gets quicker is rapidly turning into a game of catch me if you can!

pennygallops Sat 17-Aug-13 13:45:02

I'm a parkrunner and I love, love, love it. On 24 runs, PB of 27 mins 5 sec. Currently on holiday and will have missed 5 parkruns by the time we get back and I have to say I am missing it. DS (10) is also on 24 runs, but has a much better PB than me. DD (now 9) has also started and is on 8. Occasionally I can get DH to run too!

Newrowsees Sat 17-Aug-13 13:56:29

Hi all, you guys are lovely! And wasn't it a gorgeous morning!?

Really enjoyed my parkrun today, was a bit nervous at the start as it was my first solo run (so far I've run with friends and chatted for most of the way). But I managed a 25:06, just shy of my target! I think when I know the course a bit better I'll be able to judge my pace a bit more smartly. I got squarely beaten by a lady pushing a buggy, so I can't have been that speedy smile

Roll on next Saturday!!

Newrowsees Sat 17-Aug-13 13:58:14

Baking, what else do you do apart from running? You might find that mixing in some weight training might help. Keep it up!

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 14:05:53

bells welcome. My dcs are completely uninterested in running but I'm hoping to change that.

penny you're nearly half way to your 50! Well done. I've only just started park running did number 3 today but I love it and was sad to miss last week when on holiday. I think I may be slightly addicted!

newrow shock well done on your 25 minutes. I'm battling to get under 30, but hoping losing the weight (27lbs left to go) will help get my time down.

I was marshalling at the back corner (ie making sure no-one cheated and took a short cut across the grass!)

And yes, I clapped, cheered, shouted "Good job! Well done! Nearly there!" etc as the runners went by.

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 16:25:28

Well my official time is 31.32 which is 2 minutes quicker than I did it last time so not quite where I wanted but I'm getting there!

melanie let me say thank you for all the runners you encouraged today. I must organise myself and volunteer.

Goldendandelion Sat 17-Aug-13 17:13:16

My time was 32.39 which is quicker than I was expecting so I'm very happy with that.

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 17:32:19

Well done golden smile

Ooh, 24.26 for ne. Speed walking man got 22.36! Hw can people walk so fast?! I'm happy. Got in the 27s last time so I've improved.

mollycuddles Sat 17-Aug-13 17:34:08

Well done both of you

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 18:37:51

themagickey that's a great improvement and a brilliant time. I think speed walking man must have super powers grin

BIWI Sat 17-Aug-13 18:43:33

Brilliant time, TheMagicKey! I can't imagine being able to run as quickly as that! (Mind you, a few months ago I couldn't imagine myself being able to run at all, so who knows ... grin)

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 19:03:01

BIWI you're doing amazingly. Remember to look back where you've come from often and pat yourself on the back! smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 17-Aug-13 21:23:14

Some brilliant times here. Well done grin.

I didn't do parkrun, but I ran 5k this evening in 30 mins and a few seconds. Quite a bit of it was against the wind in what felt like the build up to a thunderstorm.

Long one for me tomorrow - 15-18 miles <wibble>. This will be my furthest ever - up until now my longest distance has been a half marathon.

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 21:25:20

ohone good luck on your long run. I always get a bit wobbly at 'furthest ever' runs. You'll be brilliant.

Iggity Sat 17-Aug-13 21:30:26

I'm probably a bit late to this thread. I started running and doing parkrun at the beginning of 2013. I have ran about 25 so far (my home run is Black Park) but I am on holiday at moment so ended up taking part in one in Copenhagen this morning in pouring rain. My PB is 29:04.

melliebobs Sat 17-Aug-13 21:32:08

Well done to everyone that ran today smile hope we all got the times we wanted

Today I went back to the new one in my area. Very hilly very tough. But this week I ran all of it until the very end cos the finish is on a mammoth of a hill. It was good as I was battling with some old bloke who was old enough to be my dad. I'd pass him in the hills n he'd pass me in the flats. Was good to have that bit if competition.

Still waiting for my time though. Was only the 2nd one in this venue and the scanners had broke so they had to write down everyone's time and barcode blush going to volunteer as the tail runner next week. Get some kudos for volunteering but also get a bit of a run too smile

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 21:32:20

Welcome iggity I would love to do a foreign parkrun. Was the Copenhagen one lovely? You're halfway to your 50 t-shirt smile

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 21:34:12

mellie do tail runners litterally run at the back got the whole thing? I think there are some volunteer roles you can do before the run too and still run.

Thanks BIWI and and IsThat smile

melliebobs Sat 17-Aug-13 21:42:27

isthattrue yerr you just pootle round at the back n motivate n help those struggling, make sure no one gets left behind or lost.

Iggity Sat 17-Aug-13 21:47:02

Thanks for the welcome. There are actually 3 in Copenhagen and I am staying near one which was held in a big park so it was a loop around it 3 times but was nice and flat.

My home one normally has over 400 on a good day so going to a small one with about 60 people was nice. It was mainly men there and my aim was not to be last! I am going home to visit parents soon in Ireland and am planning to do the Portrush one while there. Think I am getting a bit obsessed!

mollycuddles Sat 17-Aug-13 21:50:51

When are you doing Portrush Iggity? I'm doing it on 7th September. Probably

Knackerelli Sat 17-Aug-13 22:24:19

Well done everyone! Am very jealous of these times! My aim today was to run without stopping, and I achieved this, although my time was 31 mins 57sec so not the sub 30 of my dreams. I had a girl of around 8 jogging in front of me all the way round who didn't break a sweat envy

I did think of you all this morning as I was going round; virtual moral support!!

IsThatTrue Sat 17-Aug-13 22:43:22

knackerelli well done for your time. Very similar to me (31.32) I'd love a sub 30 but its going to take some work.

Newrowsees Sat 17-Aug-13 23:16:45

Ooer MagicKey, that's fantastic! Do you have any tips for speeding up? What was your 'strategy'?? I can tell I'm going to start taking parkrun way too seriously now, it's my newest obsession grin

Standingonlego Sun 18-Aug-13 00:14:53

Looks like everyone had a fabulous run this morning, I think encouraging each other here has been brilliant!

I broke sub 28 for the first time this year - 27.53...absolutely delighted smile

Imwoodword Sun 18-Aug-13 04:49:32

My official time was 31.19, just seen - I thought it was 33.40 so that was a pleasant surprise! Now to see if I can knock any off it!

IsThatTrue Sun 18-Aug-13 08:45:01

standing a great time, what is your pb?

imwoodward what a pleasant surprise. smile well done you.

I think we should all give ourselves a huge pat on the back, however hard it is, however fast/slow we are, we are out there, doing something to improve our fitness and our lives. smile

Blatherskite Sun 18-Aug-13 08:48:35

Ooh, I Parkrun too!

melliebobs Sun 18-Aug-13 08:48:58

Finally got my result through. 35:05 which is a PB by 50 seconds. Sticking with this one for August n going back to my home one in September. Can't wait to see my time on a flatter course. Might make the magical sub 30 cops wasn't too far off it smile

As for going faster I found interval training really really helped. I'd do 2 interval sessions a week, 1 longer run and ParkRun. The interval sessions would only be 20-30 mins or so costs maximal work so any longer n don't think I'd be pushing myself enough. One session would focus on speed on hills. The second just sprints on the flat smile

I'm fed up - my time yesterday was almost as slow as when I first started doing Parkrun ages ago. Must get properly back into training mode and sign up for a 10k or something. However, it was fun to see a couple who were getting married later that day doing Parkrun in wedding gear -veil, top hat and all! And they brought drinks for all the runners to have afterwards!

Blatherskite Sun 18-Aug-13 09:02:03

I did my 38th Parkrun yesterday. Hoping to get my 50 t shirt before Christmas. PB is currently 26.30 but I'm running slower at the moment as I've been running with a friend with a foot injury, plus I'm training for a half marathon and have been saving myself for our longer Sunday runs (will be 9 miles today!)

My Parkrun is huge. We had 436 runners yesterday and yet we still struggle to get a full set of volunteers most weeks! We worked out that people only need to volunteer 3 times a year for us to always have enough help yet it's always the same people over and over again sad I'm tail running next week as it means I can help out while still ticking another run off towards my 50 shirt.

IsThatTrue Sun 18-Aug-13 09:03:28

Welcome blathers

Well done on your pb mellie I need to get my arse in hear and do some intervals. And hills, god I hate hills.

holmes don't be disheartened, use it as a kick up the backside to get to where you want to be.

holmes I know what you mean - it took ages before my speed showed any movement, and my best times were when I was running 4 times a week, including long runs.

Wow, 38 Blathers I'm on my 21st! I agree about the volunteers, I've volunteered quite a few times but a lot of people never think to help out the event they enjoy so much.

Blatherskite Sun 18-Aug-13 15:11:53

One week very soon we're going to have to cancel Parkrun because no-one will volunteer sad I actually enjoy volunteering almost as much as I do running. It's so nice to be one of the cheering squad helping everyone with their run.

IsThatTrue Sun 18-Aug-13 17:44:12

blathers I take it they've put out appeals during the run ( not just emails which not everyone gets) ? It'd be such a shame for a huge event like that to be cancelled.

I've emailed about volunteering at our local one soon.

Bakingnovice Sun 18-Aug-13 18:21:08

Got my time 43.57. That's embarrassing isn't it! Just hope I can do better next time. My kids both did sub 30 and didn't break a sweat. I was 297 out of 330. Do you think I can improve this time?

My front thighs are agony today. Going to try and run on my TM tmrw. I've never had sore legs after a run before.

I'm also going to try and clean my diet up. Have been eating rubbishy carbs since running so I'm gong to try and calorie count. I've been suffering from headaches this week, nearly every day which only abate after eating (even if I'm not hungry). I've got 2 stone to lose and feel I might run better without the weight. I'm looking forward to next day but for some reason I just feel like I won't manage it. Self sabotage is rearing its ugly head!

Blathers - hope you get volunteers. I enquirer at my run but they said as they get 350 plus runners every week there's also usually an abundance of volunteers.

To those who asked - I try and shred 1-2 tea a week as I find it really helps my running. Am really hoping I can manage the run next sat.

BIWI Sun 18-Aug-13 18:32:51

Baking - are you stretching after your run? If you aren't, then you really should - and not just once immediately you finish - keep doing the stretches every time you think of it.

EauRouge Sun 18-Aug-13 18:44:46

Embarrassing would be turning up but being too chicken to get out of the car- 43.57 is a great start! You can cut down your time if you want, or just enjoy being out in the fresh air and being active.

That's a shame about the lack of volunteers. I've only been parkrunning since April but I've volunteered 3 times now- I think it's a lot of fun! I don't understand why more people don't do it.

IsThatTrue Sun 18-Aug-13 18:47:33

baking your time is not embarrassing at all. You did it. You ran 5k outside. You didn't think you could do that last week did you?

As for your diet. I did a running club 6wk course when I started (in June) which included 1 theory lesson on diet. The most important thing I learnt is that we don't need sugar in our diet. At all. And eating sugar makes you crave more sugar. A good diet is based around protein and veg. Fruit is a nice change but not essential. If you are exercising its good if your body has some carbs but a minimal portion is fine. Also avoiding processed carbs (white bread, pasta, rice) is good too.

I've lost 23 lbs in 9 weeks and I haven't stopped eating anything. I have cut my carbs right back, upped my veg and restricted treats (but not stopped them). If I really want a bar of chocolate I have 1, but an individual 1 not a share bar like I used to. I also drink much much more water now. I drink 1 pint before each meal which helps me eat less. I have also taught myself to stop eating when I'm full rather than 'finishing my plate'.

Sorry if that's all a but muddled but I hope some of it helps smile

baking well done on overcoming your fears and getting out there and doing it! And beating 33 other runners!

That's a great start. Agree with teh stretching. And an easy way to start losing weight is just to REDUCE your carbs - one slice of toast not 2, 1 spoon of potatoes instead of 3 etc.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 18-Aug-13 19:09:53

Baking - that's not embarrassing at all. You did better than everyone who stayed at home on their sofa! And you weren't last (which is usually my biggest fear).

holmes - My time varies by 7 or 8 minutes, depending on whether I've slept enough/eaten properly the night before/had too much Friday night wine and chocolate/time of the month. There's no particular pattern to it, I'm not on a downward trajectory or anything.

IsThat - thanks for the diet advice. DH always tries to get me to drink a smoothie after I've run, most of the time I can't face anything sugary like juice or smoothie but his theory is I need to replace carbs. Congratulations on the weight loss - very impressive!

My parkrun has the same problem with volunteers as Blathers' (though I don't think we go to the same one - Blathers we exchanged some PMs when I was under a different name on the Woolly Hugs team thread - I am not far from you).

Bakingnovice that's not embarrassing. You got out there, you ran. You did better than all the people who aren't doing any exercise. You got 297? You did a hell of a lot better than the others who sat at home or didn't dare to go outside.

When I started, I found it helped to walk the course once a week more. I also advise doing stretching before and after, not just leg stretches. I make sure to do quadriceps, hamstring, gastrocnemius, and also to do ones for my arms because my arms would ache afterwards as I'd use them for my jogging of course. Doing a 5k walk made me a lot fitter in an easier way and got me used to the surface of the area ifyswim, sometimes I'd jog stretches, but only for a few minutes.

My favourite carb and protein after a run is chocolate milk. Sometimes just knowing that it's in the car waiting for me is enough to spur me on a bit!

IsThatTrue Sun 18-Aug-13 19:55:00

Oh another quick diet titbit is that eating within an hour of a run is the best time to eat as your metabolism is working at an increased rate due to the exercise.

Bakingnovice Sun 18-Aug-13 19:59:11

Thanks for the tips everyone. Yes, thank god for the lovely walkers at the park run. If it weren't for them I'd be last and THAT would be embarrassing. Next week I'm going to try to stretch more and eat better the night before.
Is that - I've tried for 6 months to give up sugar. It's more addictive than drugs! I've cut back totally but it's still finding its way into my two cups of tea a day.

Thanks for the lovely words of encouragement everyone. It means a lot.

IsThatTrue Sun 18-Aug-13 20:11:18

baking I think we all fear being last, but tbh, you're still there you're still trying to improve your fitness and keep yourself healthy. Who cares if you're last? You could be sat at home shovelling in biscuits, but you're not. smile

Do you know, that was one of the nice things about marhsalling - seeing the different categories of Park Runners. The first wave of super duper ultra fit speed ninjas that no-one is going to catch. Interestingly enough, most had no headphones in. Then the pretty fit, keen, sporting their 10k Tshirt guys, all with their little white earbuds. Then the obviously new to running crew - often pairs of women having a natter as they went around. And, bless her, my tail end runner - a woman in her 60s, it was clearly hard work for her, but obviously she was enjoying it too.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 18-Aug-13 20:45:38

I agree Melanie - we have a similar cross section of runners. What's really nice is when the super-fit front runners stay and clap us slower runners through the finish.

MyDaydream Sun 18-Aug-13 22:03:57

Baking, it was better than my time and as everyone says at least your out there rather than in bed saying 'I'll do it next week'. Your time will come down as you run more and get to know your route. I ache today but I'm not sore, I stretch before (just copy someone else) and do some jumps to get myself going, although part of that is to make my DS laugh too! I stretch after, and if I feel something tensing up I stretch it out again. I also had a long bath in the afternoon, I don't know if it helped but it was lovely.
I love the super fit speed running women who tell me how awesome and brave I am to try it with a pram, they give me a burst of energy.

BIWI Sun 18-Aug-13 22:27:40

You should be eating something protein-based in the 45 minutes after your run. Not fruit-based though, as that is too high in sugar.

Blatherskite Mon 19-Aug-13 08:53:01

IsThatTrue - Yes, volunteers are requested at the start of every run and we've been known to go down the queue of runners waiting to have their barcode scanned with a clipboard too sad

Baking That's not embarrassing at all. You got up and got out and did it which is the important thing. Everyone starts somewhere. I'm tail running next week and am allowing at least an hour to do it. Even the runner at the back doing a run/walk is achieving something and that's what Parkrun is all about.

On of our faster Parkrunners tends to do the course 2 or 3 times while everyone is running! I always hang around afterwards to cheer on the runners behind me. It's one of my favourite bits of the run smile

Bakingnovice Mon 19-Aug-13 11:18:55

The massive cheers are the finish line for every runner were amazing. So many stayed on to cheer. It's brilliant.

Can I ask everyone whether they run on a Friday? I'm shredding and running and was wondering whether to not run on Friday to save my energy a bit on Friday? Also, is it better to shred/run on alternate days or do them both on the same day (as I do now) and have rest days in between? I try and shred twice a week and run three times and have 2 total rest days. What does everyone else do?

Blatherskite Mon 19-Aug-13 11:29:23

My running club nights are Tuesday and Thursday and then Parkrun is Saturday obviously which gives me alternate rest days but I've found recently that I've been running almost every day because I've felt like I wanted to and had no injuries. This week I only missed Tuesday and Wednesday and that was because I couldn't get out rather than didn't want to.

I did Juneathon in June which was a challenge to exercise every day for the month and I found that I needed to rest and do something other than running (usually swimming) every 3 or 4 days or my knees got really sore. I found shredding to be very good cross training for my runs and my speed improved a lot when I was alternating the two. I really should start again. I have a friend who shreds and runs most days so as you build up, it can work to do both.

I guess what I'm trying to say is listen to your body and just try to do as much as you can without hurting yourself. I'd probably start with alternate runs and shreds and then build up from there.

IsThatTrue Mon 19-Aug-13 13:26:37

Oh I need to start shred again. Hard when working from home with an 8mo, and 2 school age dcs. God knows when I'll find time.

I run tues, thurs, sat. Tues is interval/hills, thurs 10k sat 5k.

Blatherskite Mon 19-Aug-13 13:30:31

Almost the same as me true. I do 10k on Tuesdays, Intervals/Hills on Thursdays and 5k on Saturdays smile

Recently, I've been doing Half Marathon training on Sundays too so yesterday I ran 9 miles!

I'll start shredding again once the kids are back at school. Not enough space in our tiny house at the moment while the lounge is full of toys!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 19-Aug-13 22:25:44

ATM I run Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sun. According to my training plan I should also run on Weds, but I tend to cycle instead.

Standingonlego Tue 20-Aug-13 07:03:58

Morning. I am thinking about some interval training now after reading this...or might get out for a longer run. I have been really excited by seeing my times come down the last couple of weeks and want to maintain my progress - my pb is in sight now!. The shred has defo helped my leg strength smile

Standingonlego Tue 20-Aug-13 07:05:00

blatherskite I have had to move to a bigger room for shred level 2 !

Blatherskite Tue 20-Aug-13 08:39:40

I like level 2 more than level 1. Level 3 scares me though!

IsThatTrue Tue 20-Aug-13 08:41:50

I shall start shred tomorrow maybe hmm

Blatherskite Tue 20-Aug-13 09:04:04

It's worth it. It's hard work but it definitely helped me slim down and run faster.

I'm really tempted to try and fit it in today but I'm running 10k tonight and tomorrow and replays on Thursday and the extra might kill me!

Bakingnovice Tue 20-Aug-13 11:45:38

Yes I find the shred really improves my runs. Undoing my first run since theparkrun on Saturday and in hoping to try and beat my park run time.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 20-Aug-13 22:45:50

I ran 6 laps of my parkrun park this morning (the parkrun is 2.5 laps but I needed to do 7 miles today). I stuck to 10 minute miles, and now that I have been up the hill 6 times today 3 times on Saturday will feel easy grin.

Towards the end I saw another regular parkrunner coming the other way with her dog - it was so nice to recognise someone and say hello, we haven't lived here long.

Blathers - I NEVER had any knee trouble until I shredded earlier this year (and it was not the first time I'd shredded, so was fine the other times).

IsThatTrue Wed 21-Aug-13 08:13:22

Well I did some hills last night as all my running group were busy and I tend to do hills alone. I am absolutely awful. Must try harder. I did some intervals on the way home though and was pleasantly surprised by my sprinting ability now.

I'm going to dog out the shred when DS sleeps today.

Blatherskite Wed 21-Aug-13 09:33:09

I haven't shredded for ages so it's not that messing my knees up, it's the half training definitely. Did lots of stretches over the past couple of days and they feel fine now despite doing 9 miles on Sunday and 6.5 last night. Planning another 6-ish tonight too - I must be mad!

I love the fact that I've made so many friends from Parkrun. I wouldn't be doing the run tonight if it wasn't for my Parkrun friends

I should shred again. Did it last year, loved some bits, hated other exercises.

AndyMurraysBalls Wed 21-Aug-13 17:50:04


A bit late, but I'm adding myself to your list of Parkrunners.

I've done 18 Parkruns and I am a member of a running club and mainly do 5K, 5 mile or 10K road races. For some reason cross country races don't really do it for me. The idea of marathons doesn't really excite me either. I think I'd get bored!

My current target is to come in 5K is to break 22 minutes.

Love the support everyone gives and receives.

Well done all of you and good luck for Saturday. (I'm working - boo).

IsThatTrue Wed 21-Aug-13 17:59:58

andymurraysballs 22 minutes <faints> I'm not sure I'll ever be that fast.

I have a parkrun friend who told me she's very close to vomitting after every parkrun. I am just not willing to push my body that far!

Bakingnovice Wed 21-Aug-13 21:47:50

22 mins! Wow. Amazing. I gawp in awe at all those who finished in 16 minutes (76) at park run. I just don't get how they did it. They were running home when I was finishing the first lap.

Standingonlego Fri 23-Aug-13 07:33:37

22 - by heck!

I am off to France on holidays this morning, so will be missing ParkRun for next couple of weeks sad I am a bit sad as I was seeing my times come down... packed my trainers and.hoping for a few runs whilst away.

Hope everyone has a lovely run tomorrow morning, i will be with you in spirit (or might be having wine for breakfast....)

Blatherskite Fri 23-Aug-13 09:59:44

I don't think I'll ever break 22 minutes! Maybe if I'd started running at 22 rather than 32....

IsThatTrue Fri 23-Aug-13 16:39:55

Well I felt like shite last night so changed my run today. Wish if gone yest though as its so muggy out there now. I need it though. Then I'm hoping to beat my pb in the morning smile

Imwoodword Fri 23-Aug-13 19:26:16

Meant to be torrential rain and lightning tomorrow morning so doubt I will be doing my 2nd park run. Really disappointed.

IsThatTrue Fri 23-Aug-13 19:30:54

I'll be running in the rain smile so much nicer than blistering sun.

BIWI Fri 23-Aug-13 19:48:32

I never, never, never, EVER thought I'd say this - but I definitely prefer running when it's cold grin

Imwoodword Fri 23-Aug-13 21:59:59

I'm a bit wussy when it comes to trees and lightning. My mother is to blame from when I was little grin

Will either do an Insanity workout or do the 5k at the gym instead I think!

Blatherskite Fri 23-Aug-13 22:08:03

You're waterproof Imwoodword Get out there smile

I'm tail running tomorrow so I have to be there whatever the weather and will be out for ages - from half an hour beforehand to until the last runner gets back which can be over an hour at this one.

Good luck with your runs everyone

thenightsky Fri 23-Aug-13 22:19:31

I'm running tomorrow, rain or shine. Good luck everyone x

I'm taking Minnie to her first dog show, but I'll be thinking of all you park runners in the rain, and good luck mollycoddles for your colour run!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 23-Aug-13 22:36:29

I'm running tomorrow too. Good luck to one and all!

Hedgepig Fri 23-Aug-13 22:43:01

Hello I love my parkrun , it's on a national trust property and you have to mind the cows. They are Ok when you are running but a bit scary when you are marshalling and they are very interested in you standing there waiting for the runners to arrive grin

I'm probably not running tomorrow as my knee and back are giving me gip at the moment .

Bakingnovice Fri 23-Aug-13 23:05:07

Fingers crossed I get my first rain run. Good luck tomorrow everyone. Really looking forward to reading everyone's post run posts.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 23-Aug-13 23:27:24

Rain forecast here too novice smile

melliebobs Sat 24-Aug-13 07:32:03

Well I'm officially today's tail runner. Although with the rain n the Hills putting people off I might have been last anyway! Lol

Good luck everyone. PB's all round! smile

IsThatTrue Sat 24-Aug-13 07:43:51

Welcome hedgepig

Good luck at the dog show melanie

Good on you for volunteering mellie

It's raining here but not too heavily atm. I have been up half the night again with ds2 so his knows how ill do today. At least it's finally cooler!

Good luck everyone, try and enjoy it and DFYB smile

BellsaRinging Sat 24-Aug-13 07:58:11

Morning all! let's do this...rain and all! managed to persuade ds to come too-it's chracter building!

Quenelle Sat 24-Aug-13 09:03:45

You've all inspired me. I'm off to do my local parkrun now. In the rain. Did it twice two years ago, pb was 31.38.

Have fun everybody.

melliebobs Sat 24-Aug-13 10:17:58

Being tail runner was great. Really nice to help push people round te course. And the last person got a PB too. 42 minutes!!! Numbers really dropped though blush

Bakingnovice Sat 24-Aug-13 10:36:44

It was amazing running in the rain. Really liberating. I loved it although think I'm slower than last week. Saves me right for trying to sprint. I can't believe how beautiful my park is in the rain.

Hedgepig Sat 24-Aug-13 10:46:35

It sounds like you've had some lovely runs in the rain this morning ladies . I didn't park run but I had a short run to one end of the village and back, my knee held out woo hoo grin my back is very sore boo hiss hmm. I hate being injured it's pants.

KristinaM Sat 24-Aug-13 10:51:08

Lovely and Sunny here today. Ran with 9yo DS who got a new PB, so was very happy

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 24-Aug-13 10:51:52

I didn't PB, but had a lovely cool run in the rain. I ran home too, as I needed to run 6 miles today <burnishes halo>.

Wise words from our pacer today, which made me think of mellie: "There are no hills. There are just different kinds of flat".

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 24-Aug-13 10:53:04

Lucky you Kristina envy. Still pouring here. Just sent DSs out to the park with a rugby ball.

Quenelle Sat 24-Aug-13 11:06:39

I missed the start angry. I thought it was 9.30 but it's 9am.

Ran 3.8m on my own instead [grumpy]

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 24-Aug-13 11:08:19

Oh Quenelle! But at least you still ran!

thenightsky Sat 24-Aug-13 11:37:34

I think i've done ok this week as my pacing felt more steady instead of speeding up and slowing down all the time. Didn't have a watch on so will have to wait for this afternoon's email. It didn't rain where I was, but was very humid and hot.

Knackerelli Sat 24-Aug-13 11:56:14

Well done everyone! No rain here but underneath felt a bit slippy from all the rain overnight. Just have to wait now for the email.....

KristinaM Sat 24-Aug-13 12:13:37

Quenelle -you live in the wrong place, it's 930 in Scotland :-)

Blatherskite Sat 24-Aug-13 12:26:32

I was tailrunning too. Got very wet but everyone was home in 47 minutes so it could have been worse.

Lizzylou Sat 24-Aug-13 12:27:53

This morning was tough after 3 weeks off and overindulging on holiday. But I did it grin
Bizarrely for Lancs the rain held off.

Well I'm pretty sure I did a better time today, although I forgot to look at my watch at the start. Just goes to show that it's largely psychological. I haven't got magically fitter since last week, but I just started with a slightly more determined and up-for-it attitude. Plus I latched onto someone in front of me and didn't let them get away! Let's hope I'm right about my time!

Newrowsees Sat 24-Aug-13 13:41:04

Hi all, did everyone get nice and soggy this morning?? Not sure how I did this week - it felt harder than I remember last week being, so I'm not expecting a personal best.

I did manage a bit of a sprint finish though, which felt amazing. It probably didn't make up for my ploddy start though. I find it so hard to gauge my speed at the beginning - maybe I should invest in a watch that will tell me how fast I'm going. Does anyone have a clever gadget that does that??

IsThatTrue Sat 24-Aug-13 14:11:06

Hi everyone, well I'm not sure if I managed a pb If I did it was pretty close tbh. I did sprint the last 200m though. I find mile 2 really hard. Not sure why. I'm going to have to work on that. It felt really hard today but ds2 was an arse last night, I was up 12, 3,4,5,6 so it's no surprise I wasn't at my best.

There weren't many people at our parkrun this morning, so there were only 5-10 people who came in after me.

Well done everyone on getting out this morning!.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 24-Aug-13 15:23:56

Newrosees I have a very basic Garmin 110 which tells me my speed/pace.

IsThatTrue Sat 24-Aug-13 15:44:51

I use Strava app on my phone in an arm strap but its annoying me more and more so I'll prob end up getting a garmin tbh.

Imwoodword Sat 24-Aug-13 17:19:34

Well, I braved the rain (of which there was very little) and went for the Parkrun this morning. Got a PB - it was only my second run so stood a chance - and time was 28.35 so rather chuffed with myself, nearly 3 minutes quicker than last week.

BIWI Sat 24-Aug-13 17:24:52

I've finally managed to get up to 30 minutes running, and am just short of 5K, so am considering about signing up to a Parkrun soon. I've worked out that I can get there easily on public transport (there are so many runners that they ask you not to drive there). But what do you do with any extra kit that you take with you? Is there anywhere usually provided to leave stuff or do you have to run with it?

IsThatTrue Sat 24-Aug-13 17:39:27

BIWI normally they have somewhere near the manned tables that you can dump your stuff. smile

Imwoodward well done on your PB! Amazing!

Well I managed a pb 31.16, so 16 seconds faster. But I did take my headphones off and dump them halfway through which took about 20 seconds, so I'm really pleased with that time. smile

Well done parkrunners!

Blatherskite Sat 24-Aug-13 17:49:36

There is nowhere to leave stuff at our parkrun but then we're not asking people to come by public transport. It might be worth finding the local parkrun page on FB (I think most course have one) or mailing the organisers from the parkrun website and asking...

There's usually people manning a table at the finish line. Ours has a biscuit tin for car keys etc.

Knackerelli Sat 24-Aug-13 18:13:56

Our results haven't been posted yet..... <paces nervously>

IsThatTrue Sat 24-Aug-13 19:00:56

I got my email, 115/131 31.16. In feeling happy with that smile

Iggity Sat 24-Aug-13 19:16:55

Evening everyone. Well done to all the parkrunners today!

Back in the UK and another soggy parkrun this morning. Time wasn't great (30.38) for me. Nowhere near my days of 29.04. Was also my 25th one so halfway to the t shirt. I can do 5k in less than 30 mins on the treadmill but when I get outside, I just slow down and it all seems too hard. Once my half marathon training is over, I'm going to follow a 5k improver plan. My DH says I need to run with someone faster to get better. Any thoughts?

Two of my friends were respectively the first male and female in another parkrun today which I thought was fantastic- the guy is married to the girl's sister!

Mollycuddles, I am hoping to do Portrush on the 31st August as I'll be over in NI from this Tuesday for a week. Have you ever done it before? I've never run on sand before but I will be staying in Ballycastle so will have a few days to run on the beach there in preparation.

Iggity Sat 24-Aug-13 19:21:54

Meant to add that the 1st female in my home parkrun last week was 9 yrs old....time was just over 20 mins. I am amazed! That was out of a field of 383 runners!

I've done Portrush! It's a stunning course, really beautiful. You can hear the strains of "Chariots of Fire" as you pound along beside the sea. But the soft sand means it's hard to get a PB. Nice and flat, though!

thenightsky Sat 24-Aug-13 19:38:41

Knackerelli I'm thinking you and me may be doing the same parkrun... very slippy path when wet and no results posted up yet.

Iggity Sat 24-Aug-13 19:42:52

Thanks melanie. Do people wear trainers or do it barefoot?

Trainers- it starts along a concrete promenade section before crossing the dreaded soft sand onto a pleasant hard sand section. Out to the rocks, turn and back, so across the soft sand again ( a killer at that point), and sprint along the concrete to the finish.

Newrowsees Sat 24-Aug-13 20:07:10

No results for mine yet either hmm I'm desperate to know my time!

Lizzylou Sat 24-Aug-13 20:36:59

31.40, which is way off my pb but better than I expected after my break. Feeling rather happy.
But also rather envy of runningbon a beach. A park in darkest east lancs hasn't the same cachet.

woundbobbin Sat 24-Aug-13 20:44:12

I got a with my pram pb today (was quicker before dd) very nearly under 30 mins but not quite (next week) there were some ladies from slimming world giving out water at the end they gave me a balloon (I'm hoping for dd and not as some kind of hint) smile

IsThatTrue Sat 24-Aug-13 20:54:12

woundbobbin anywhere near 30 minutes with a pram is amazing well done. grin @ the balloon, in sure there were no hints involved!

I am also envy at beach running. I miss running along the beach up by my mums!

Knackerelli Sat 24-Aug-13 22:29:07

Thenightsky - my parkrun is wolverhampton; is it yours?! DH is laughing at me continually checking my phone bug I'm guessing it'll be the morning now.

envy at beach running!

thenightsky Sat 24-Aug-13 22:31:34

Mine is Scunthorpe.

Knackerelli Sat 24-Aug-13 22:47:55

Not close at all then! Hope you get/ got your result and its what you wanted.

Bakingnovice Sat 24-Aug-13 23:22:40

Just got my result. 41.22. Wohooooo. 2.30 off my first run last week. And I really thought I'd done badly. It's so hard to tell. I am unbelievably shocked and proud. I'd given myself 6 months to get into the 30's but am now aiming for 39 minutes. Ds knocked 2 mins off and came in at 27 mins. I love that we've found something we do together which we both love.

IsThatTrue Sun 25-Aug-13 02:28:49

Well done to you and DS baking smile

Knackerelli Sun 25-Aug-13 09:44:26

Well done everyone, great results! Mine was posted late last night; 30:38. A pb so happy with that!

IsThatTrue Sun 25-Aug-13 10:43:09

Well done on your pb knackerelli

I am going for a run with a friend later as she's lost her running mojo. I doubt it will beat any of my pbs but at least I'll be out which I really don't feel like at the minute

Lizzylou Sun 25-Aug-13 11:29:05

Well done Knackerelli and Novice and her ds smile
Have been doing intervals on the treadmill this morning at the gym, really want to up my speed!

IsThatTrue Sun 25-Aug-13 11:41:28

Intervals are great for speed lizzy good on you. My intervals have really helped my sprint finish at parkrun.

thenightsky Sun 25-Aug-13 12:48:15

35.21 so a new PB for me! Well pleased.

IsThatTrue Sun 25-Aug-13 12:59:20

Well done thenightsky

I love hearing of new pbs smile

Newrowsees Sun 25-Aug-13 15:58:21

Got my result, finally. Unfortunately, no PB this week (10 seconds off), but I'm pretty happy with my time - shaving off a minute every time had to end some time. But intervals sounds like a good idea - I'm coming round to the idea of running more during the week, will give it a try before my next parkrun!

IsThatTrue Sun 25-Aug-13 20:38:15

Well done for being that close to your pb newrowsees was it easier than last time? I'm sure you'll beat that pb soon.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 25-Aug-13 20:55:00

Some fab results here smile. No PB for me either - I was saving my energy for running home afterwards grin.

Another 9 and three quarters today for me. 10 weeks exactly until my marathon!

Got my result. Not a PB but a full two minutes faster than last week's feeble effort! Onwards and upwards. .. smile

Iggity Sun 25-Aug-13 21:13:26

Knackerelli - snap, same time as me! Congrats on PB!

Knackerelli Sun 25-Aug-13 21:19:42

Yay, well done Iggity; fab time wink

jellybrain Sun 25-Aug-13 21:29:38

Did my 2nd parkrun this week ( first at my local park). Got chatting with some great people and looking fwd to catching them next week.
My time improved from 29:43 on my first run to 28:18 this week. I feel pretty good. Was kind of blush to discover that I am a veteran.
I would like eventually to do a sub 25 but think I may have started too late.
What's a shred? Is it very hard work?

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 25-Aug-13 21:37:45

jelly - well done. Do you mean veteran as in age?

The shred is a Jillian Michaels DVD workout. There are often support threads about it. Yes, it's hard grin, but it is really good for fitness and toning.

jellybrain Sun 25-Aug-13 22:40:21

Ohoneohtwo - yep as in age, I was in denial till I saw it in black and White on the results page. Might take a look at the DVD or poss check YouTube for something similar.

IsThatTrue Mon 26-Aug-13 03:25:30

ohone I am in awe of your marathon training. Well done you!

holmes great attitude with the 'onwards and upwards', that one of the great things about parkrun, there's always next week smile

iggity well done this week.

jellybrain I'm sure you haven't started too late at all. You are doing amazingly well already. I can only dream of 28 minutes at the moment. Shred is hard work but great for toning I have not dug out my DVD yet as I remember the aching last time blush I do a Pilates DVD to help strengthen my core muscles. Also interval/hills training can vastly improve you running speed. And doing some longer training runs can bring down your 5k time. Good luck smile

Bakingnovice Mon 26-Aug-13 12:06:27

Well done to knackerelli and everyone else who ran this weekend.

Thanks IsThatTrue! Let's hope the positive mental attitude translates to tangible results!

IsThatTrue Wed 28-Aug-13 08:33:17

I'm really hoping XH can pick dcs up early sat morning as I'd really like DH and ds2 to come and cheer me on.

melliebobs Thu 29-Aug-13 07:21:09

Lol ill have to remember that one ohone I like it!

lizzie where in lancs do you run? I'm lancashire too and I know they are few n far between

Knackerelli Thu 29-Aug-13 22:11:52

Did a 4 mile run tonight, but runkeeper app reckons I ran 13 miles averaging 3 miles a minute! hmm Although I did laugh out loud when at one stage it said I was running at 1 min 53 secs per mile!!

Blatherskite Thu 29-Aug-13 22:35:18

I did 4 miles tonight too smile

I realised today that this Saturdays Parkrun will be my 40th which means I am tantalisingly close to that tshirt. DH doesn't get it at all so I thought I'd come and share my excitement here smile

Iggity Fri 30-Aug-13 00:05:15

Well not such a great week for running due simply to laziness and a bit of travelling. However I am now in N.I. and finally went running this morning. I am staying on the coast and there is no way to get to the beach apart from running down hills.
Not so bad on way down but way back was a killer. The beach running was amusing! It was a mixture of firm sand and soft fine shingle. Running on the sinking shingle was tough and slow. Not really geared up for Portush parkrun on Saturday as I am now terrified of the sand.

Any tips for running on sand? I am contemplating running up the steepest hill in the world (IMO) tomorrow morning. It has a 10% incline. I may need to get my son to stand at top of it waving an ice cream at me!

Best of luck to everyone for Saturday.

IsThatTrue Fri 30-Aug-13 03:56:14

Oh blathers well done. In under 3 months you could have your t shirt smile

iggity I found soft sand hard when I was at the seaside and avoided it as much as possible. Sorry I know that's not much help.

Well I've done 11 miles this week so far. I did 6 with a friend and then 2.3 with DH and the buggy yesterday, then sent DH off home with DS and did another 2.7miles.

I've convinced my XH to pick the big dcs up at. 8 on sat so DH and DS are coming to cheer me on smile

Bring on the parkrun this week!

wem Fri 30-Aug-13 09:03:03

Hello parkrunners. I'm considering my first parkrun tomorrow. Encouraging words would be appreciated grin Anyone who runs the Leeds course got any tips?

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 30-Aug-13 10:11:11

Go blathers! We will have to have a mn meet up for your fiftieth!

Go wem! I have only run Leeds once, it is a pretty course and although I think there's a hill it''s not too badsmile

I am running tomorrow. day off today. I have done 25 marathon training miles so far this week, including a hill training run in my parkrun park (I ran half laps and tried to go as fast as possible up the different kinds of flat grin)

wem Fri 30-Aug-13 10:33:40

Thanks OhOne, that sounds good smile

melliebobs Fri 30-Aug-13 15:08:15

Full of a stinking cold. Went for a 4 mile run on Wednesday under the logic 'ill sweat it out' but it just made it ten times worse sad so think ill be marshalling tommorow

watchingout Fri 30-Aug-13 18:55:20

I have a cold too mellibobs hmm I did first Parkrun last week and really want to go again, but apart from a short run on Monday, I've not been anywhere. Volunteering for me too....

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 30-Aug-13 20:12:23

hell again wem. I realised after posting this morning that I was talking about roundhay rather than Leeds blush

woundbobbin Fri 30-Aug-13 20:38:11

Good luck for tomorrow wem you can do it!
Bobs hope the cold improves always a mistake to try and sweat it out IMO but always so tempting!
Am determined to go sub 30 avec pram tomorrow but having just completed 1st week back in work post mat leave am not sure I'll have it in me

wem Fri 30-Aug-13 21:12:52

Thanks woundbobbin, good luck to you too. I'm just getting my head around running 5K, let alone doing it with a pram!

That's ok OhOne, I've been getting confused too. I'm definitely doing the Woodhouse Moor one though - fewer hills than at Roundhay smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 30-Aug-13 21:57:49

I am drinking wine, so will probably not break 30 tomorrow grin.

Good luck to wound, wem, iggity and all parkrunners.

KristinaM Sat 31-Aug-13 06:54:46

Oh that explains it then, I've been drinking wine every Friday night since I started parkrun. Could I run sub 20 if I gave it up? < ponders>

woundbobbin Sat 31-Aug-13 08:04:29

Good luck to everyone running today especially those with hangovers grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 31-Aug-13 08:34:14


As it turned out, I only had the one smile.

Gorgeous morning here, hope you all have good runs and look forward to hearing about them later!