Parkrunners anonymous

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IsThatTrue Sun 27-Oct-13 18:37:34

Hi everyone. I thought we could do with a new shiny thread.

All runners are welcome here smile

A massive well done to all runners this week. I managed to get out today and did 3.5 miles in 32 minutes. It made me feel slightly less guilty about missing parkrun on Saturday (although it is the first since August so not too bad).

Iggity Sun 27-Oct-13 19:07:33

Hello fellow parkrunners. 32 down, 18 to go. Am due to qualify for my 50 t shirt on weekend of my birthday in March. Will miss it for next two weeks as on holiday this saturday and DH abroad with work following week unless I can manage to find someone to look after DS at an ungodly hour on Saturday morning. Otherwise, we will just volunteersmile

Did great south run today. Found it quite easy but probably because I wasn't going that fast! No more runs planned for time being. Need to find something for around Christmas time to train for.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sun 27-Oct-13 19:26:21

I did my second parkrun this week - 4 minutes faster than my first (just over 28 minutes), so pretty pleased. I'm rubbish at getting the pacing right though, so something to work on. I might make DH slow down and do it with me to pace me round sometime.

I enjoyed and hated it in equal measure - 5ks are hard work in a way longer runs really aren't!

Iggity Sun 27-Oct-13 19:34:23

Agree foxtrot, 5ks are hell. I have a friend who would be in the elite category and he agrees that they are hard. My DH would never run with me....I'm much too slow. Well done on your time. That is great for a 2nd parkrun.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sun 27-Oct-13 19:49:43

I'm far, far slower than DH but he has agreed to help me get my half marathon time under 2 hours and helping me pace is part of his plan. I am repaying the favour by helping him build some strength as all he does is run and he needs a bit more specific strength work to improve his times imo - he's going for sub-3 at marathon so is loads better than me.

Emski76 Sun 27-Oct-13 21:02:17

Hi all. Can i join? My nearest parkrun is over half hour away and a really tricky course but have been lurking on this thread for a while. Am a keen runner and was meant to do my first 10k yest but have damaged my IT band on my right leg. Really gutted as id built up to running 10k every weekend with shorter runs in week. Have been trying some cross training at the gym this week but am missing running so much and its only been a week!!
Well done to u all on this thread. U are all an inspiration to me

Marking my place smile

Well done HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform

I'm the other way round Iggity, 18 done 32 to go!

Angrybudda Sun 27-Oct-13 22:18:59

I am going to do my first Parkrun next Saturday. Wish me luck! I am using it as part of my training for a 10k (1st) at the end of November and half marathon (1st) in March.

I did get out today for 5.5 miles but seemed to be running into the wind a lot, my excuse for not a great time!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 28-Oct-13 08:35:23

Morning all, jut marking my place smile

Welcome to new posters, waves to old ones smile

Spirulina Mon 28-Oct-13 12:40:55

I need to get back to this too....halfmarathon training at the mo so its taken a backseat

usually take ds with me

wem Mon 28-Oct-13 12:47:27

Hello all, I missed Saturday as the sodding bus didn't turn up! Still, was all kitted out so went out on my usual route anyway, but it's not the same sad

I'm getting very nervous about the 10k which is now just 3 weeks away and my training has not gone how I wanted at all. It's the abbey dash in Leeds if anyone knows it - reassure me that I won't be the slowest, with organisers packing up behind me as I limp along?

That's rubbish wem, you're right it's not the same smile

Hi-di-hi campers!

I've done 24 ParkRuns, so getting my 50 Tshirt is one of my running targets for next year. The other is to get a sub-60 10k.

I also aspire to a sub 60 min 10k melaniecheeks but my half marathon has been my focus recently and possibly get my t-short by the end of 2014. What is your parkrun pb, if you don't mind me asking?

Mitchy1nge Mon 28-Oct-13 19:42:00

lurking here despite getting no further to my local parkruns than printing off loads of barcodes (usually because my Long Run is on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and I don't think I can cope with having it next door to a short, fast run) but I like the general running chat, never seem to get quite enough of it smile

Could you not just do some more before or after Mitchy1nge? Doesn't have to be a fast 5k for you to take part smile

Mitchy1nge Mon 28-Oct-13 20:20:18

I suppose so, I think it would be a nice way to meet some more runners and I do sometimes try to do a fast, shorter run in the week so could rearrange running schedule a bit. I think I'll get there eventually.

My pb on Saturday was 27:25.

I ran my first half marThon in June in just under 2hrs 30. When I was training for it I used park runs as a speed test, and then my long run on a Sunday.

OPeaches Mon 28-Oct-13 21:28:10

Hi, can I join? I've only just discovered Parkruns, and have done two. The first week I got pacing wrong and started too slow, coming in at 29:45, the second week and started too fast and came in at 28:39. Maybe next week I'll get it right! Starting off too fast was rubbish because as soon as I settled into my usual pace half the pack overtook me - so demoralising.

I've loved the parkrun atmosphere though and will definitely stick with it. I didn't know you got a tshirt for your 50th run. Only 48 to go!

jchocchip Mon 28-Oct-13 21:41:00

56th run on Saturday, only 44 to go to my 100 shirt! I need to speed up, still 6 minutes away from my course pb and I want to knock another 3 minutes off that. I am 9 minutes faster than my first post injury parkwalk though smile Great atmosphere at my local parkrun, good way to start the weekend. and I don't mind being last, somebody has to!

That's what I do MelanieCheeks but as I've discussed on here before I've got quite a single speed. I did 12.5 miles in just less than 2 hours yesterday so feel my parkrun should be faster pb 26m48 and it's been that since march! My best 10k is 1hr 1min.

Hi OPeaches, both respectable times. I know what you mean once I've overtaken someone I try to stay in front of them!

Waves to jchocchip smile

Standingonlego Mon 28-Oct-13 21:52:06

Delighted to be on the new thread, thank you to isthat for getting us back to the start line. Love this thread, lots of inspiration and chat. I am now just over halfway to my 50 shirt and that red goal is key for 2014 smile

BlathAarghZombieBite Tue 29-Oct-13 09:52:01

I did my 48th parkrun on Saturday followed by a 10k Spooky Sprint in Nottingham followed by lots of drinks and dancing

I can't decide if it was the running or the dancing in heels that made my knees ache most grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 29-Oct-13 13:03:53

Morning all - great to see so many runners on the thread! Too many to namecheck, but i'm also in the want to run a sub-60 min 10K and earn my red shirt next year club. I have just signed up for a local half marathon in December to keep me going over the next few weeks in case I am tempted to retire from running after Sunday's marathon - I ran a half in January, so it will be a nice way to bookend my running year.

Blathers - should I be planning to run your parkrun the week after next? I won't run with you, as you are so much faster than me, and I will be a week post-marathon, but I'd gladly come and give you some support and a quick hello before or after smile.

My parkrun has posted on FB asking for volunteers, so I'm going to sign up - I told myself I would once I was no longer training.

Are any other Parkrunners going for the draw for a place in the London 2014 marathon? I've never really considered running such a long distance, but if I won a slot I would go for it.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 29-Oct-13 13:34:12

I would love to, but will be away this Saturday, which I think means I drop out? I only read the email on my phone, but it sounded as though you had to do the next 7 parkruns or something like that?

I've done a 20 week/5 day a week training plan, which has built up quite gradually and has not felt too hard. But it has been very time consuming (I'm not a fast runner), and has only been possible for me because I don't have small children, DH had been hugely supportive and my work has been very flexible recently. I don't know how I'd have fitted it in if I had other responsibilities or had to be at work 9-5 every day. I've already decided that this will be my only marathon, because I couldn't face doing this much training ever again grin.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 29-Oct-13 14:01:23

And I've completely contradicted myself haven't I? I'd love to...never again grin

Yes you have to either volunteer or take part for all of the 8 weeks to be eligible.

I wouldn't dream of it!! Several people at my club were trying to persuade me to enter before the ballot closed but no way! It's so much training and such a long time running, I don't want to fall out of love with running because I HAVE to train, a 4 hour run every Sunday for a while is not my idea of a life I'm afraid. I have two ds's and work a 50 hour week and volunteer on youngest's playgroup committee and an a school governor so no grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 29-Oct-13 15:13:46

Good call cinnamon - sounds as though you have plenty going on in your life already grin.

I am looking forward to getting my Sundays back, which also means getting my Saturday nights back too - not that I was a huge boozer before, but I've cut back to one or two glasses of wine at most recently.

TinyTear Tue 29-Oct-13 15:28:46


parkrunner here as well... have run 17 times and volunteered well over 30 times.

was Run Director for a while but having a small toddler takes its toll and stopped that, but still go round for timing and scanning when I can

My parkrun PB is 33:02 but usually more around the 34/35 minute mark...

IsThatTrue Tue 29-Oct-13 18:38:13

Welcome to all newbies. Sorry I've been too rubbish in the last few days to keep up and welcome you individually. It's half term so I now have 3 children to entertain and the smallest refuses to nap when the bigs are home, which is pretty hellish tbh.

As for marathon talk. It's really not for me. I love running because I want to, not because I have to. I did the moonwalk (you walk 26.2 miles overnight) last march (at 6wks pregnant) and the training just took so long, I honestly couldn't face it. I am in awe of 20 mile runs though.

For all newbies I started the previous thread at the beginning of my parkrun journey. With a time of 33.20 (ish). I'm now 14 weeks down the line, 12 parkruns to my name with a pb of 27.15 (27.33 at the hillier course near me).

And for all the oldies, it's nice to see you all. I look forward to my children going back to school catching up properly next week smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 29-Oct-13 19:27:42

Hello IsThat. Have a lovely half term! Ours was last week.

BlathAarghZombieBite Tue 29-Oct-13 19:27:47

Yes OhOne, my 50th should be the week after next. This Saturday I'm doing a bit of parkrun tourism but I should be back home for the all important one. I am planning my cakes already smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 29-Oct-13 19:30:22

Ooh cake, I'll definitely be there!

Where you off to this week <nosey>? You'd better not be coming to mine, because I won't be there to welcome you!

thenightsky Tue 29-Oct-13 19:47:57

Well I got a PB of 34.07 on Saturday. I seem to have hurt my knee though. I tried a little jog today and the pain is still there... sort of in the stringy tendony bits up the back of my knee. I think I'll volunteer this week and lay off running till I'm properly mended.

Well done the rest of the mumsnet park runners!

OPeaches Tue 29-Oct-13 19:51:47

Can I ask, are all the Parkruns so full of 'proper' runners as mine is? There and guys zooming round in 18/19/20 minutes. I was pretty about two thirds of the way down the pack of 75 runners with my time of 28:39.

TinyTear Tue 29-Oct-13 19:54:20

Mine (Hampstead Heath) has people who do it in 18 minutes - I think course record is 17 something - but plenty of slower ones at 40 minutes and more

Lots of people run with their kids... I see 6 or 7 year olds with better times than me!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 29-Oct-13 20:23:55

Mine has a good mixture of super-fast club runners and slower joggers. We do two and a half laps, and I usually get lapped by the winning few. I have rarely been placed below 100 (except when it's been bad weather - I live close enough to be able to turn out whatever the weather, but a lot of people I've spoken to live up to half an hour's drive away).

BlathAarghZombieBite Tue 29-Oct-13 20:28:20

I'm going up North OhOne, you're safe wink

The course record for our parkrun is 15:01! Which to say it's not a PB course is amazingly fast. The guys at the front either run it and then help out with barcode scanning or run it twice while everyone else is finishing. We also have our fair share of runners who take anywhere up to an hour to do it though so I think it's fairly evenly balanced.

I'm not feeling very well this week so I'm really hoping that I don't get too ill to run. I can cope with missing out on my sub-26 goal but I really want this quest for the 50 shirt to be done now

Knackerelli Tue 29-Oct-13 20:37:38

Hello everyone! My parkrun has fast club runners (17 mins +) to fun runners at 40 + mins. I really like though how all are welcome and get shouts of encouragement as you go round. I'm doing my first bit of parkrun tourism this Saturday; an event has cancelled my home one so doing one close to my parents. 10 down, 40 to go.....!

Yep was have a mixture too, 16min right down to 40min and we only have 30-40 runners most weeks.

IsThatTrue Tue 29-Oct-13 22:12:22

Of the 2 I run we have approx 3-400 on the flat and 150 on the hilly. At the flat I'm normally around 1/2 way down and the hilly I'm 2/3 of the way down.

I've never come under place 100 though.

thenightsky Tue 29-Oct-13 22:25:59

Our course record is 15.09 shock. But it is very flat and people come from running clubs all over the country to get PBs.

Mixture of fast and slow at mine too, average attendance 100. Ours is 3 laps, and I can usually tell how fast I'm going by the point at which the fastest runner is overtaking me.

Naebother Wed 30-Oct-13 08:10:21

I'm doing my 3rd park run on Saturday. It's quite hilly and there are around 200 people each week.

Ive only been running since June. Did c25k. I'm completely hooked now and am attempting a 10k fun run in 4 weeks time. Eeeek

My times have been 38min and 36 min. There are so many club runners and people wearing 250 tshirts. I'm in the last 3.

I nearly threw up after the last one. I tried soooo hard but others are so friendly and encouraging at park runs you always feel welcome smile

BlathAarghZombieBite Wed 30-Oct-13 08:14:27

I'm even more impressed with our course record holder now! Our course is not a PB one as it has a very long slow hill for about the first 1k and a huge great hill just past 2k! If he can do 15:01 on that goodness knows how fast he'd go on a flat course!!

Our course gets about 450 runners every week. I had to go to another course to get a placing under 100. At the trial parkrun I came in 7th out of 15 which will never be beaten wink

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Wed 30-Oct-13 08:43:35

I have signed up to volunteer in a couple of weeks - I'm away this week and possibly doing some tourism the one after wink.

Ah. Just realised that #chasetheplace means you have to be there for the next 8 weeks, so that's a no-can-do for me.

This weekend I'm dancing in Perth, and next weekend DH and I are celebrating our anniversary in the wilds of Donegal.

On 16th my local C25K group, who I've piggy-backed training sessions with, are getting ready for their First Ever ParkRun, which will be an emotional and fun session, and on 23rd I've volunteered to marshall.

Marshalling counts too, you just have to be there smile

IsThatTrue Wed 30-Oct-13 17:09:15

DH has informed me I may not be park running this weekend. Well he can jolly well have DS while I do a 10k Sunday morning then. I shouldn't be too grumpy he's off to India for nearly 3 weeks next tues and I'll miss him

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Wed 30-Oct-13 18:09:12

Oh dear IsThat. We will keep you company while he is away smile.

BlathAarghZombieBite Thu 31-Oct-13 08:24:01

Yes, marshalling counts. Perth Parkrun (assuming you mean Perth Scotland) doesn't start until 30th November but I bet there's another one close and close to Donegal too. Of course, finding the can be tough. I abandoned DH and the kids to try and find a parkrun while we were on holiday this year, drive for half an hour to get there and then couldn't find the bloody thing!

I'm driving for 2 hours for my parkrun tourism this weekend but as it's back in my home town, I'm a little more confident of finding it wink

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Thu 31-Oct-13 10:31:41

I've just done my last run on this side of the Atlantic. I fly this afternoon. Convinced that I have forgotten to pack something grin.

IsThatTrue Thu 31-Oct-13 11:01:31

Do you have your running gear ohone? If so you're sorted!

Enjoy your holiday smile

I do mean Perth Scotland - but my weekend consists of Friday night dance, Saturday morning dance class, Saturday afternoon AGM, Saturday evening drinks reception and formal ball, Sunday morning dance not a lot of time for a run even if there was one nearby!

S'Ok, I didnt want to run the London marathon anyway wink

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Thu 31-Oct-13 11:52:48

I do now IsThat (running shoes were by the back door, now in my case!). I don't think I'd have left without them.

BlathAarghZombieBite Thu 31-Oct-13 13:59:58

I'm not sure I do either Melanie but I'm a sucker for a competition and I'm generally there anyway so... wink

Have a wonderful time OhOneOhTwoOhThree!

Did my first forest run in the dark on my own today. My friend didn't come as she's swimming in a race tonight. It was a bit weird but I regularly walk the dogs in the dark on my own so don't know why really! Was so lovely seeing the sun come up. It went from a dark clear sky to a beautiful morning, was lovely. RD tomorrow and only 4 volunteers sad, will have to be up early to set up all on my own as no one helping.

jchocchip Fri 01-Nov-13 18:04:17

Can you put out a call for volunteers on facebook? That's what our parkrun does! Do you have a fb group? Good luck with rd tomorrow cinnamon.

Yep got 2 from fb already! Had another so we're sorted, still setting up on my own though sad

Standingonlego Sat 02-Nov-13 15:10:26

Morning park runners, hope you had a good run this morning! We were quite busy today 224 I think....but only a few manned up with the fancy dress! I think my cape slowed me down slightly but managed to limp in just under 30 mins so happy with that smile

We had lots of first timers and PBs today which was great, and the wind was not too bad. Loving park run still, still trying to convert people at all opportunities...9am Saturday, you'll love it (cleaner was the latest victim this morning)

Standingonlego Sat 02-Nov-13 15:11:11

Cinnamon - hope some extra volunteers arrived for you too!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 02-Nov-13 16:27:51

No parkrun for me today, but a two-mile gentle jog in Central Park insteadsmile

The park was full of runners wearing an amazing variety of marathon/race shirts. I would have loved to have seen a parkrun 50 shirt-no such luckgrin

jchocchip Sat 02-Nov-13 16:45:16

Had a good run today, another 2 minutes off my post injury time! Wasn't last today, not that it matters smile Did feel like a nice run, massive difference in my pace on the uphill section (3 lap course so teeny tiny hill 3 times) was using runkeeper which kept telling me my pace today. 312 today I think. Another 2 minutes next.week will see me at my first parkrun time (imediately post c25k) and 2 minutes after that
should be a pb smile
Oh and had a panic this morning as my trainers were nowhere to be seen. Had to run in old ones with the wrong insoles!

jchocchip Sat 02-Nov-13 16:46:45

010203 wow central park! What is the weather like there? Pouring down here!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 02-Nov-13 17:42:06

It's gorgeous here jchocsmile

Pouring yesterday but dry and sunny today and tomorrow.

I did thank you, did about 2/3rds of signage and when I got back one of our regulars was setting up the finish and his mum had gone to do the rest smile
Ended up with more volunteers than I needed with three turning up in the morning!

Would love to run in Central Park! We had no rain here today, lovely weather for a parkrun smile

OPeaches Sat 02-Nov-13 20:11:39

I got a new PB today too - 28:18, v chuffed. smile

Standingonlego Sat 02-Nov-13 22:31:58

Central Park, how wonderful! Well done peaches!

PepeLePew Sun 03-Nov-13 08:35:50

27.39 yesterday, which is nearly 90 seconds faster than the first time. So I'm pretty pleased with that, though the hills are still a killer. And everyone is so fast - the slowest time was 33 mins which really isn't that slow at all. I'm glad I didn't go along when I first started running as it would have been really demoralising.

Am at a friend's today and wishing I'd brought my running kit - she lives near a fantastic park with trails and wide open spaces. I think I'm addicted!

Grrrr.... Had a horrible run sad managed to overlap with a bike race in several places and despite keeping over to the edge as much as I could and having to stop to let cyclists pass only one said thank you and one shouted at me to get off the track sad sad they hadn't shut the walking routes that I usually run along so surely the bikes should treat me with as muh respect as I do them? I can work out if I'm vein over sensitive, I run there most Sundays and there was no notice that they were going to be there at all.

BlathAarghZombieBite Sun 03-Nov-13 20:24:49

I'm back from my parkrun tourism smile

I think it was a busy week for them (they're only on number 5 so it's still growing) but it seemed nice and quiet in comparison to my usual parkrun and I think a combination of the flatter course and the easier start, I managed to push to a new PB - 25.38!! Finally got my sub 26 which I am really pleased about, especially at is was at least 50% slippery grass so I felt like I was having to slow down a little to make sure I concentrated on not slipping and not going down a hole.

I'm all excited for my 50th parkrun next weekend now grin

BlathAarghZombieBite Sun 03-Nov-13 20:38:01

Just checked my results email.....1st in my age category!

I'm going to have to go back there grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 04-Nov-13 03:16:37

Well done blathers and pepesmile

cinnamon your cyclists sound pretty rudeangry

I finished the marathon in a smidgen under 5 hours. Had a great time taking in all the sights and sounds and met some lovely peoplesmile

Well done OhOneOhTwoOhThree, that's fantastic!!!!!! Glad you enjoyed it too, not sure I would wink

BlathAarghZombieBite Mon 04-Nov-13 10:01:54

That's a brilliant time OhOne. Well done. Very jealous of your trip.

Off for a 12 mile run myself now. The tidying from half term will have to wait

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 04-Nov-13 10:15:46

Morning all! I finished c25k a week ago and have started the 5+ podcasts now.

I've registered for Parkrun and have even printed out my bar codes. I'm planning on trying my closest one (about 30 minute drive away) on Saturday.

I'm 37 and have never been a runner but I really want to get fitter and running seems to be the only thing that can fit in around everyone else's activities? I'm aiming for sub 30 minutes eventually, but think it might take me a few weeks to get my pacing sorted out.

The more people I tell, the more likely I am to actually give it a go!

<waves> Hi IwishIwasmoreorganised, you definitely have to go now you've posted on two threads wink

IsThatTrue Mon 04-Nov-13 12:03:28

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been so crap at keeping up recently, real life has majorly got in the way. I only managed 2 runs last week which I'm very unhappy about. But DH goes tomorrow too so I think parkrun is out of the question now, I can't push ds2s buggy through mud. So I will be back on the 23rd.

But as a plus all my runs will he with the buggy for 3 weeks which is pretty hard work. I did 6 miles yesterday morning, ds2 slept and I averaged 10 minute miles which is great as I did a hilly route.

Well done on your marathon ohone

That's fantastic IsThatTrue! Can't imagine doing 10 min/miles with a buggy, especially for 6 miles grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Mon 04-Nov-13 13:45:51

Welcome Iwishgrin Look forward to hearing how you get on on Saturdaygrin

Hats off to IsThat on your buggy runningsmile

I appear to be able to walk, sit and stand todaygrin . Am a bit stiff but no worse than after half marathons I've done in the past.

Yay! That's great OhOneOhTwoOhThree, off sightseeing you go grin

IsThatTrue Mon 04-Nov-13 15:45:30

Thanks cinnamon and ohone tbh I don't find the buggy particularly hard until there's a hill/headwind, then it's a bugger. But I do notice how easy it is to run without the buggy after!

ohone yay to sitting standing and walking! I hope you are feeling proud of yourself smile

BlathAarghZombieBite Mon 04-Nov-13 21:54:38

For some reason I decided that after a manic half term and weekend, the best idea would be to run 12.8 miles this morning. Then we got a bit lost and I ended up having to get a taxi from part way round the route in order to be able to pick DD up from pre school on time. Not quite the stress busting activity I'd hoped for!

Oh no rubbish!

BlathAarghZombieBite Mon 04-Nov-13 22:04:42

Tomorrow, DD and I are having a nice quiet day at home wink

rosy71 Tue 05-Nov-13 09:20:08

Hi, I've been reading these threads for a while now.

I've done 2 Parkruns so far: 31.22 for the first and 31.20 for the second. Unfortunatley, I've been ill for the past week so couldn't do this week's an haven't been able to do any other running. sad My aim is to get below 30 minutes.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 05-Nov-13 10:12:41

Welcome rosysmile Hope you will be better by the weekend

Hope you are having a nice restful day Blathers after yesterday's dramasgrin

SonorousBip Tue 05-Nov-13 12:53:12

My local parkrun is both very big and very fast. I think the fastest is usually in the 15 minute range - the guy who does that is a friend of a friend, and if he runs he regularly knocks out 15 minute odd 5ks shock.

My pb is 26:27 and that does not put me in the top 200 usually. shock.

I may need to look for somewhere gentler!

Actually I love it. my new years resolution was to do a parkrun a month - done so far including November - and to take my pb down below 27 mins - it was 27:20 odd at the beginning of the year so I am a minute down and very pleased with my self!! I will be 50 next summer and would really like to have a pb that starts with a 25 by then.

IsThatTrue Tue 05-Nov-13 13:28:49

Welcome rosy I hope you feel better soon

sonourous your parkrun sounds amazing! And well done onon you time. My pb is 27.15 and I really want to get it to 26 something but I can't parkrun until DH is home from India in 3 weeks.

Just did 5.7 miles with the buggy. 10.07/mile. 6 seconds/mile faster than Sunday morning. It felt much much harder today though.

blathers that sounds like a stressful run. I hope a rest day helps.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 05-Nov-13 18:14:22

Last marathon post from me and then I will stop boring everyone. DH will be home soon and I can bore him instead grin.

I've got my splits from Sunday now. For some reason (I think it must have been when I stopped to use the loo) my pace dropped from just under 11 minute miles to a 15 minute mile for mile 11-12. I do remember stopping and having to queue for a little bit (I got chatting to a Frenchman, who recognised my charity vest and was telling me that his son had the same condition). I made myself have a gel at that point as well because I'd been taking on gatorade at every fluid stop but using gels in training, despite advice not to do anything different on race day. My half time was 2:28:07 - not a PB, I wasn't really expecting one, but was kinda hopeful smile. My pace in the second half was pretty steady, ranging from 11:14 to 11:27 (getting progressively slower - the last three miles were uphill shock).

I'm now battling with myself between "never again" and "wouldn't it be good to do another one and try to knock a bit off my time" grin.

IsThatTrue Tue 05-Nov-13 19:07:20

ohone your marathon talk is not boring at all! I am still very much in awe. I'm only slightly quicker than that for a 6 mile run! I just can't imagine 26! You have done amazingly and should be very proud of yourself. I feel proud of you. (Although writing that down it sounds a little internet stalkery hmm)

Trying to decide if I want to run tomorrow. So far I've only run every other day (ish, normally tues thurs sat) to let my body recover , mainly because I'm still bfing ds2 and initially had some aching in my joints, which a friend (who is a running instructor for post natal ladies) said could be due to my body retaining the relaxin from pregnancy ( due to continued bfing). So do I risk running a couple of days in a row? It just gives me a break as ds2 sleeps. ( which is an increasingly rare event ) and as DH is going to be away for so long <sob> I think I'll need that break each day.

Sorry for rambling, non runners just don't understand how going out can be quite so stress relieving.

Personally I'm fascinated and bewildered by your marathon talk OhOneOhTwoOhThree but I had a moments wobble when I saw that chase the place was down to 16,000 people and I'm pretty sure I'll be parkrunning each week it's running, but no I really don't have time confused

Just think if you injure yourself how annoyed you'd be IsThatTrue? Personally I have run on consecutive days but never more than 2 together.

BlathAarghZombieBite Tue 05-Nov-13 20:46:39

I've enjoyed my rest day. I think after being so busy for the whole of half term, I was so tired that I needed a rest day whatever happened. Another early night and I should be back and ready for track tomorrow night

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 05-Nov-13 21:35:15

IsThat - I have been running T/W/Th and Sat/Sun without too many ill effects smile (but my baby is 12, so I stopped b/f about 11 years ago). Maybe just do a short slow one if you go out at all?

Blathers - glad you had the day off. Enjoy track tomorrow. Still on for Saturday?

Blatherskite Tue 05-Nov-13 21:49:45

I just checked, track is next week not this! Ah well, I might go to the Sweatshop run instead.

Still on for Saturday. I've just ordered all the stuff to make the cakes grin

IsThatTrue Tue 05-Nov-13 21:57:32

ohone I think I will do a short slowish one, I've gotta go to sort some things at the new house anyway so I can run there and then do a loop (it's only 1/2 a mile away). I'm hoping in the last 5 months I've built my core up enough that I can run on successive days. I can't run at the weekends at the moment anyway so at most it will be tues/weds/thurs/fri with a rest sat/sun.

I'm really excited for your MN parkrun meetup ohone and blathers I wish I was closer to others!

hotmama Tue 05-Nov-13 21:59:58

oooooH - I didn't realise there was a Parkrun thread - adding to my watching threads! grin

I've been doing my local one since June - now done 15.

Hope this thread will kept my motivation going. My pb is 34.16 - want to get to under 30 (but need to lose weight first) wink Knocked 4 mins off since I started so progressing! smile

IsThatTrue Tue 05-Nov-13 22:04:06

Welcome hotmama I started in August and have done 12 now. Getting under 30 minutes is amazing, you'll get there in no time. When I started I was 3 1/2 stone heavier than now and my pb was 33.20, it's now 27.15. And I think a lot of that is down to weight. A fellow runner once told me that each 1/2 stone you lose takes 30 seconds off your time. Good luck smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 05-Nov-13 22:23:14

3.5 stone IsThat? Wow, amazing weight loss! How old is your DS2?

I have lost about a stone this year through running, and taken about a minute and a half off my 5K time, so that rule of thumb works. I think I've plateau-ed now though smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 05-Nov-13 22:23:57

sorry, welcome hotmama!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 05-Nov-13 22:27:36

Which Parkruns do you all do?

I'm going to go to Cardiff for my first one.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Tue 05-Nov-13 22:30:50

Blathers I have PM'd you, but it has sent under my old name as I was continuing an earlier conversation smile

Iwish - I am in "Eastern England" according to PRHQ smile

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Tue 05-Nov-13 22:45:03

Just trying my new marathon name smile

thenightsky Tue 05-Nov-13 22:48:19

Iwish I do Scunthorpe. We need a mumsnet 'thing' so we can recognise each other. Pink 80s style leg warmers or something grin

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Tue 05-Nov-13 23:02:47

grin nightsky

IsThatTrue Tue 05-Nov-13 23:11:52

ohone ds2 is 11 months on Friday but a lot of my weight was put on after he was born by basically inhaling biscuits. I thought bfing meant I could eat what I liked, and I was making up for the fact I had gestational diabetes and couldn't eat nice things when pg. but I was 14 stone 1 on 25th of June when I started to overhaul my eating (a few weeks after starting running). I'm about 1lb over my first goal weight (lowest weight since before I was pg with dd) but that's still the very top end of normal so I could do with losing a bit more. The running really helps, although I need to focus on toning now too. Sorry I'm rambling again!

iwish my local parkruns are Banstead Woods and Nonsuch. Which are in surrey. There are quite a few within 5 miles though.

IsThatTrue Tue 05-Nov-13 23:12:53

nightsky I actually own bright pink leg warmers, they are currently residing in dd's dressing up box grin

wem Wed 06-Nov-13 10:31:17

I run in a bright pink top and my trainers have bright pink flashes so I reckon bright pink legwarmers would fit right in smile

IsThatTrue - your progress with running and everything is inspirational, well done.

I think I'm back on track now, my running group did a 5 mile run last night, which I finished in around 63 minutes. I ran for an hour. An h o u r, I can't quite believe it. The 10k in a week or so isn't seeming quite so scary now.

Congrats on the marathon 04:59:35, I like the new name smile

Hi hotmama, that's great progress already.

It definitely helps IsThatTrue, I lost 5 1/2st while I was doing c25k and after and I'm sure I wouldn't have managed a sub 30min 5k before I lost it. A guy in my club lost 3st in preparation for the London marathon last year and got lost faster too.

Glad you had a peaceful day Blatherskite, sounded like you needed it!

That's great wem, amazing how quickly things that seemed impossible suddenly become normal grin

Standingonlego Wed 06-Nov-13 20:18:45

30 seconds per 1/2 stone you say....ah....i finally see a way to get to that elusive PB...<steps away from the biscuits>...

IsThatTrue Wed 06-Nov-13 21:10:54

grin standing

I feel good after my shortish slowish run today (3.7 miles at 10.16/mile, but able to talk the whole way and no walking). I've only got 20 mins or so in the morning before toddlers, and need to pop to the new house, so will be running down there and then adding some on before coming home.

Friday I am meeting a friend for coffee instead of running though smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 07-Nov-13 22:01:31

My barcodes are laminated.

I've done another 5+ intervals run tonight and I'm ready for Saturday! Eeek!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Thu 07-Nov-13 22:28:56

Waves pompoms for Iwish grin

wem - I also wear a pink top, despite being the least pink person I know. It was a gift from a friend and the only pink item I own. One of my PR friends said recently she hadn't recognised me because I wasn't in my usual pink shock.

cinnamon - well done on the weight loss!

Enjoy your coffee and day off running tomorrow IsThat

I haven't run since Sunday, but have been out on my bike a couple of times without any ill-effects. Looking forward to my PR tourism on Saturday grin. I've checked my route and everything grin.

My friend said the same thing a few weeks ago, she was timekeeping at parkrun and didn't see me as I was in the wrong colour! I have a lovely blue top I got from my 10k last year and ds2 doesn't let me wear it if he's around when I get changed confused

Blatherskite Fri 08-Nov-13 15:58:12

Well, according to the doctor, my sore throat isn't tonsillitis...yet. She seems to think it might become tonsillitis though as she's given me a prescription to hold onto over the weekend so that I can get antibiotics when it changes. Either that, or it's viral sad

I'm doing that 50th parkrun if it kills me though so I shall still be there are 9am whatever.

I may then have a couple of weeks off though wink

wem Fri 08-Nov-13 17:39:47

Oh no Blathers, I don't blame you wanting to get that 50th run. Take it easy though. I hope it doesn't get any worse.

OhFour - thinking about it, my running gear is the only pink clothing I own too. My long sleeve top was on offer when I started British Military Fitness in the spring when it was still freezing .

Sorry you're not feeling great Blatherskite, I've got a couple of ulcers on my throat at the moment and it's horrible so don't envy you possible tonsillitis. Hope you enjoy tomorrow even if you're not feeling great smile

Blatherskite Fri 08-Nov-13 18:30:41

I thought I'd finally ditched the tonsillitis bug. I had it 7 times almost back-to-back about a year ago which I think is why the doctor has trusted me with the prescription. She knows I know when it's bad and she knows I try to avoid antibiotics at all costs as by the time we'd resolved the last lot, I'd had about 10/11 courses of a/bs and was almost as poorly from them as I was from the tonsillitis!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Fri 08-Nov-13 18:38:48

Blathers I will carry you round tomorrow if I have to grin.

I'm volunteering next week, so it has to be tomorrow grin.

IsThatTrue Fri 08-Nov-13 20:22:01

Oh blathers I hope you feel better in the morning for your 50 yh (if not take ohfour up on her offer of a piggy back, just for a laugh grin).

Well tomorrow I shall be thinking of you all park running while I brave the m 25 to take 3 children and a baby to Harry potter world. I would prefer to be out there in the mud with you lot!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Fri 08-Nov-13 20:39:40

thanks to IsThat to go with Mum-of-the-Year award smile. Harry Potter World eh?

Blatherskite Fri 08-Nov-13 21:22:39

I'm volunteering at both parkrun and a half marathon next Saturday - it definitely has to be tomorrow.

I've made a huge pile of cakes so I have to go otherwise I'll eat the lot!

IsThatTrue Fri 08-Nov-13 21:33:17

Thanks ohfour it suddenly feels like a bad idea but it's dd's birthday treat so it's just us (me dd, ds1, ds2) and her best friend. Originally DH was supposed to have ds2 but now he's away I have to take the lot! I may well need wine when I get back!

Standingonlego Fri 08-Nov-13 22:47:51

Have a fabulous time tomorrow blathers and OhFour. I will be waving at you from the next ParkRun up the road.

Red shirt for Blathers please!!!! I am excited on your behalf smile

IsTHat I have requested a no kids visit to HP world for my birthday!

Good luck to all first timers like Iwish and hope everyine else has a good run too.

Love parkrun, and lovely to see everyones news on this thread

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Fri 08-Nov-13 22:53:09

Ooh lego, maybe we should come to you next? Which one are you (PM me if you don't want to say here)? I want to go to Huntingdon one week - my godmother lives nearby and I haven't seen her for ages.

Standingonlego Fri 08-Nov-13 23:05:26

Northampton is my home run (mentioned up thread so happy to share smile)

Would be great to have a get together...I do have a pink top grin

wem Sat 09-Nov-13 08:06:51

On the bus! Good luck Blathers and everyone else smile

Standingonlego Sat 09-Nov-13 08:34:47

poorly DS1 means no parkrun for me today sad Run on my behalf folks!

I'm envy IsThatTrue, even with lots of children is love to go!

Fab volunteering twice in one day blatherskite! Hope you felt better for your 50 smile

Hope your ds is well soon Standingonlego!

So I think I got a pb, about 14s off by my watch smile Hope everyone else had a good run smile still chasing the place

wem Sat 09-Nov-13 10:44:27

Well done on the pb cinnamon!

I have no idea how I've done. I think I set off too quick and got out of breath, so walked a few times trying to get it back.

Sorry your ds is poorly StandingOnLego, hope he feels better soon.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 09-Nov-13 10:44:30

I met Blathers and she gave me cake! even though I missed the start because I went the wrong way on the M1

Super speedy results as well - the text arrived before I got home. 31 something, which is fine with me, especially as I was still parking the car at 9:03 grin.

lego - hope DS is better soon!

Glad the bus came wem!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 09-Nov-13 10:44:58

Well done on your PB cinnamon!

Blatherskite Sat 09-Nov-13 11:44:50

You left before I could say goodbye though!

I didn't feel a whole lot better but I did get it done so I'm happy. It certainly wasn't the PB I'd planned though.

Northampton is certainly do-able. One of my run clubs (the ones in the green shirts) tend to descend on the first run of the month so that they can do the magic mile.

wem Sat 09-Nov-13 12:52:33

Congrats Blatherskite! 50 parkruns is amazing.

My times are all over the place - 34:02 today, a pb by 30s smile and a whole 3 minutes and 34 seconds off two weeks ago!

Thank you, official time was 26m 33 so 15sec quicker smile actually had some bloke, who has already told me I had an advantage running with my dog (clearly he hasn't ha to stop and pick up poo in a parkrun!), look behind at me and say 'oh you're still there then' same bloke proceeded to spit every 30sec at my feet, run across in front of me and twice speed up so I couldn't pass him sad not quite the parkrun spirit!

Well done Blatherskite and wem and had to laugh at OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive still being in the car park at 9.03!

Knackerelli Sat 09-Nov-13 14:56:50

Congrats everyone, and well done to blathers on your 50th! Did a slow one today but as I hadn't run much in the last 3 weeks, and last night had a couple of glasses of wine with a friend, that's really ok!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 09-Nov-13 17:17:44

Well done cinnamon! Blokey sounds like a nightmare - I do hate spitting with a passion.

Glad you had a good one Knackerelli smile. Balance in everything smile.

Blathers - I think you had gone off to offer your yummy cake around. Sorry I didn't say goodbye properly - I only had enough dosh on me to pay for an hour (that's how I knew it was 9:03 when I was parking grin) and I suddenly felt chilly.

So - how about a Northampton parkrun before the end of the year smile?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 09-Nov-13 18:10:12

I managed 31.47 for my debut at Parkrunning today which I'm fairly happy with.

It poured down for the entire time and was only 6 degrees. I think I surprised my colleagues by turning up on such a cold and wet day!

I'm hoping to get along there every 4-6 weeks. DH has an activity that this clashes with so more often than that is probably unrealistic.

Northampton would be too far for me I'm afraid.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 09-Nov-13 19:17:51

Well done Iwish! And especially well done for running in the cold and wet!

IsThatTrue Sat 09-Nov-13 19:25:38

Well done everyone on your runs today smile especially blathers who is now in the 50 club! envy

We had a great time at Harry Potter world the kids all behaved even ds2 (11mo) mostly.

I really missed parkrun though. I wonder if I can convince mil to have ds2 next sat so I can run?

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sun 10-Nov-13 16:05:14

Glad you had a good time IsThat. I think you should try to sweet-talk MIL so you can parkrun next week smile.

DH is out running grin grin grin. This is MASSIVE for him - he knackered his knee about this time last year during a marathon, hardly ran between then and surgery in May, then had horrible complications all through the summer which led to lots of muscle wastage and loss of residual fitness. He was only given the all-clear to run again a week or two ago, and is only gently jogging (on the grass rather than the paths) in the park opposite our house, but he looks good and it feels like a huge step for him.

dramaqueen Sun 10-Nov-13 16:13:05

Hello, I hope you don't mind me gate-crashing but I keep meaning to go to the Northampton park run (as it's my home run) and would love to meet other mumsnetters there. I am returning from a year of injury but have just run 5 miles so am feeling chuffed with myself.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sun 10-Nov-13 16:46:35

Hello dramaqueen and welcome back to running!

Looks like all we need now is a date for a Northampton parkrun meet-up with lego, Blathers, you and me (and anyone else who wants to come grin).

Blatherskite Sun 10-Nov-13 17:00:12

I'm definitely up for a Northampton MN parkrun smile

Standingonlego Sun 10-Nov-13 19:46:39

Northampton MN park run - fabulous plan!!! Dates? Do we want to make it a magic mile week blathers?

drama I am there at Northampton most weeks, as long as my DCs stay healthy - thank you all for the get well soons for DS1 folks, he is still hacking away with cough so docs tomorrow I think sad

Let's get organised, looking forward to a run tomorrow !

Hi dramaqueen!

Yay for your dh OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive! I know how frustrating an injury can be but haven't ever been out for as long as a year.

Northampton must be 1 1/2hrs from me so probably a bit far!

Had a lovely run with both dogs today, pushed my greyhound a bit but I kept him on the lead so he didn't go mad and wear himself out and he managed it ok. Only did 7 miles as some attempt at tapering before my half next Sunday!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Mon 11-Nov-13 07:27:56

A half cinnamon? Fantasticsmile
I have a day off today so am hoping to get out later. It is pretty wet so I may not go far.

I don't think I can get to Nhampton the first Saturday in December-DS1 has his final rugby match of the season a couple of hours in the opposite direction, and from speaking to other parents on Saturday it doesn't sound as though many are planning to make the trek except die-hards like us. But don't let that stop you if it works for the rest of you-I can go another timesmile

dramaqueen Mon 11-Nov-13 09:50:13

how about the 30 November or 14 December for a meet up at Northampton? I'm happy to fit in with the majority.

Blatherskite Mon 11-Nov-13 10:07:25

I have a 10k in the evening on the 30th which won't stop me parkrunning but might mean I'm taking it easy.

I can do the 14th too

Yes a half, I'm getting terrified now was excited until yesterday now it's less than a week! I have the stress of getting everyone up and out and there on time before I even think about running.

30th is my birthday, my friend who is RD sometimes has suggested a special dog run at our local parkrun as I enjoy running with my dogs (although will have to chose one to bring).

Oooh, I run with my dogs too, though not together! Max, the mad Weimaraner came to ONE Parkrun, and was totally freaked out by the adrenalin and high viz vests - howled and squealed the whole time. But he loves to come on my solo Sunday distance runs on quiet roads. Minnie the cocker spaniel is a regular now at our Park Runs, and she's been with me every time I get a new PB.

I am usually a min or so slower with a dog melaniecheeks, they go off like loonies on the first lap but by the second lap they want to sniff and wee on everything and often poo too sad I don't like running with anything in my hands let alone a bag of poo! My greyhound usually doesn't do more than 5 miles but my whippet/terrier cross has done 12 miles with me and is still not tired! The same bloke who was spitting around me Saturday has told me before that my dogs give me an advantage hmm, if only all you needed was a dog attached to you and you could do an 18 min 5k wink

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Mon 11-Nov-13 13:36:32

I deffo can't do 30th November, and may not be around for 14th December (I may be up north, if so I will be putting a call out for any MNers who go to Roundhay grin). But it is usually impossible to find a date which suits everyone.

IsThatTrue Tue 12-Nov-13 14:19:21

Ah I love all the mn parkrun meet ups! smile I'm too far south to meet you all but think of me smile

I have spoken to mil and she is happy to have ds2 on sat morning do I shall be park running! Yay!

I've been out yesterday and today and will prob do every morning this week, it means ds2 has a nice nap and then is pleasant for most the rest of the day.

There was a massive argument on my running clubs fb group over parkruns and one of the coaches has resigned sad
Our club is in one town which got a parkrun about 4 weeks before the one I go to started. My one is nicer scenery and smaller so quite a few of my club volunteer as we often struggle to find people and it annoys others in the club who feel they should support the parkrun in their town. Personally I think that you can recruit club members from both, I travel to them and I'm sure others would as its only 6 miles away. Fb is very good at these kinds of arguments unfortunately!

My mum is hopefully going to run with me Saturday, well walk run anyway smile

IsThatTrue Wed 13-Nov-13 19:09:44

Oh cinnamon not good a coach resigned over a fb arguement sad I hope it gets sorted out.

I only got out just before school pick up today so only managed 2 miles, but did 9.01/mile with the buggy shock 2 more days of buggy running then a buggy free parkrun on Saturday! I've actually been really enjoying running every morning and it's meant that ds2 has a nap so is nicer through the day except for when he has a cold and us teething like today, then we sack off work and go shopping instead grin so I may need to look into juggling my hours a bit so I run each morning. Who knew I'd get quite so into running?

Sounds lovely IsThatTrue, perfect for you both! A lady at my club used to run 3miles uphill to mcdonalds with her little Girl on her bike, she'd have a happy meal and then back down the hill so she got a decent run and her little girl was happy too! No way I'd attempt running with my two ds1 is fine on road but doesn't like riding his bike in the forest and ds2 is too big to run with in the buggy and too small to bike along side sad. Luckily dh is home by 6 every day and at the moment I'm going before he leaves at 7am smile

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Thu 14-Nov-13 08:42:27

Oh blooming facebook - why do people do that? It's too easy to post in haste and fall out with people.

Good news about MIL IsThat

I have had my volunteer reminder email for Saturday smile. I am tail running so don't need to worry about being last grin.

Blatherskite Thu 14-Nov-13 10:25:06

The head coach at one of my running clubs seems to have a massive problem with parkrun for some reason. All of the long, marathon training runs are therefore done on a Saturday morning at 8am meaning there is absolutely no way anyone can do parkrun and the long runs. It's one of the main reasons I joined a 2nd club to be honest and my top reason for thinking I may not renew my membership when it comes up in April. Club 2 does long runs on Sundays and actively encourages members to join in with parkrun. They even use it as the final run in their couch to 5k program.

I've pulled out of volunteering at parkrun on saturday. I need to be at the half marathon for 9.30 to volunteer there and it's just too much to fit into 1 day. It means I'll be out of the running for the London Marathon draw but I'm still not convinced that I want to do a marathon so that's Ok for now.

Still feeling poorly too sad I haven't been running for a week and a half now but I just feel too rotten.

I think fb gives people the confidence to say things they just wouldn't say in rl!

Ours are pro parkrun and even had a coach suggest using parkrun as a speed run in marathon training. There is a 6 mile saturday run at 8.30 that some people still do, I used to do that and not run Sunday but now usually run sat and sun. Quite lot of people arrange Sunday runs with other club runners but not and official club iyswim.

Hope you feel better soon Blatherskite! Horrible to feel poorly for so long. I know what you mean about chase the place I'm still in it but not sure I want to do a marathon. Enjoy your volunteering smile

Just registered my mum grin

IsThatTrue Fri 15-Nov-13 03:46:01

Yay for running with your mum cinnamon

I'm heading off for a nice slow one in the morning ok technically it is morning but I'm hoping for a bit more sleep before then with a friend who I feel is doing amazingly. She's worried about being slow (ie too slow for me) but having run every day a nice slow jog with a chat is perfect. Then taking ds2 swimming. The big kids have school discos which don't finish until 8.30 and then they are going to XH. But it means poor baby ds2 will be up late. Oh well mil has him sat morning not me grin

I'm thinking of running to parkrun sat, it's only a mile and as it's so muddy in the woods my actual parkrun is going to be pretty slow tbh, so a nice run there and back may help blow out the cobwebs.

blathers I hope you feel better soon!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Fri 15-Nov-13 23:16:43

Brrr, forecast for tomorrow morning is between 3 and 4 degrees. Layers are the answer I guess.

Hope everyone has a good run!

Standingonlego Sat 16-Nov-13 09:01:31

on your marks, get set....go!!!!!

9am, missing park run as took so long to get the hockey gang out the door....grrrr.....looked at clock 8.58.....sad

Standingonlego Sat 16-Nov-13 09:02:28

thinking of you all - still off for a run now though, there is always next week smile

woundbobbin Sat 16-Nov-13 10:13:21

It was a cold one this morning I left dd at home with dh as I thought she'd get to cold in the pram I missed her singing along as we ran round but it was nice to have full use of my arms. Very motivational women was running in front of me very insistent that her friend push push PUSH ! Giving me awful flashbacks of labour but I wasn't fast enough to run past them! Hope everyone else had a good run.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 16-Nov-13 10:37:22

I tail ran /walked today.No pressure to go fast or even get out of breath grin

One of our regular runners did his 100th today. No cake thoughgrin

My mum only managed one lap but she's now annoyed with herself and is coming back next week grin I gently jogged second lap as I have my half tomorrow and didn't want to push it. 38min, still quicker than with ds1 smile

Sorry you didn't make it today Standingonlego sad

That is quite funny woundbobbin! We had a lady with a buggy this morning for the first time smile

We had a frost last week so this one was definitely warmer!

Our local C25K group were doing their first run today -I got to join in with them, and we were all wearing mathcing purple T shirts. No PB this week, but I WAS the October PurkRun Sweatshop prizewinner! £50 towards a pair of new trainers. Chuffed to bits with that.

OPeaches Sat 16-Nov-13 16:04:25

Ooh, well done in your £50 win Melanie.

Does anyone else spend all day Saturday checking the results page? Ours isn't updated yet. The suspense is killing me. grin

Knackerelli Sat 16-Nov-13 16:17:46

Oh the constant checking! Then DH would suggest going for a walk somewhere without 3G.....! Now though I get my results by txt, just entered it on the website; is that an option for you? Got my result today whilst drinking my post run cup of tea in the cafe, a PB too!

Blatherskite Sat 16-Nov-13 16:36:48

Well done Melanie!

No parkrunning for me this week as I was marshalling at a local half marathon instead. Loads of people from my 2 running clubs were there so I had a great time cheering everyone on and got a free technical t-shirt too smile

Movember 10k for me next weekend. I haven't run (except for parkrun) for almost a fortnight so I'm going to have to get back to some training now I'm finally feeling better. That cold was a nasty one!

IsThatTrue Sat 16-Nov-13 19:29:39

I didn't get to parkrun today as ds2 had a temperature when he woke up and there's no way he'd have let me leave him with mil.

Oh well there's always next week!

Congrats on you're sweatshop win melanie

PepeLePew Sat 16-Nov-13 19:57:07

No parkrun for me this week - I can only really do it when the dcs are with their dad, as when they are with me two of them have football club and are picked up at 9.45, and even if I could leave them with a neighbour I would have to take dd with me. She's 8 - think she might, just might, get round the course but it would take forever.

On which note, does anyone have any experience of getting children running? None of mine are good or fast runners, and they hate sports day as a result. They are fairly active - swimming, dd does gym, ds1 and ds2 play football fairly badly. They walk and cycle but they just don't seem able to run.

So, this afternoon, we put on our trainers and went to the park. It was quite successful - I took my phone and we used MapMyRun to trace how far we went. We did a combination of walking and running, including some hills and did about 2km. It was great, and they really enjoyed themselves, and are really keen to repeat it (maybe because we ended up in the cafe!), but I'm just not sure how to structure it or what to do - should we be aiming for a particular distance (and if so what) or just running for fun? They are 9, 7 and 6.

This might be a separate thread...sorry to hijack

PepeLePew Sat 16-Nov-13 19:58:09

dd would kill me if she ever read this (she won't!). I'm so used to her being 8, I am still in "she's 8" mode. You'd think the epic birthday sleepover last week would have hard wired it into my brain...

Pepe, that sounds like a great way to start them!

PepeLePew Sat 16-Nov-13 20:00:56

Do you think, Melanie? I'm a bit embarrassed by how bad they actually are. I remember hating running as a child, but really want them to enjoy the health benefits and sheer joy of putting on your trainers and running. They see me do it, and I hope it's now become a habit for me, but I only got to where I am (still pretty lame) by being really structured - training programme, goals etc. I wondered if some kind of distance chart might help, but perhaps just a weekly run with hot chocolate at the end might do the job.

IsThatTrue Sat 16-Nov-13 20:12:50

pepe my ds1 came to parkrun a couple of times and wants to come again but I can't seem to convince him out of the house at any other time. Maybe when it's warmer again. Dd however is 9 (just turned too) and I can't get her to run 100 yards.

Your strategy sounds great tbh. Maybe make them their own chart to record distance/speed with stockers or something to make it more of an achievement when they progress?

IsThatTrue Sat 16-Nov-13 20:13:42

Got sidetracked and x posted grin

Standingonlego Sat 16-Nov-13 20:30:12

thinking about park run meet up - the run up to christmas is a bit crazy and every seems to have conflcting plans. Maybe we should plan something in for January instead so we have something to look forward to in the New Year?

Just a thought!

BellsaRinging Sat 16-Nov-13 20:41:52

Pepe, my ds, also just 9, saw me running parkrun and one day said 'i can do that' and insisted on coming with me. we walk ran for 3-4 and afterc13 he is faster than me sometimes. not that thats a great feat! he is fairly acive in terms of running around at school etc but only rugby in season as an official sport. he loves parkrun now and can do 27 minutes. so i would say just keep running at a pace she feels good with. Just one a week is enough for ds to have a marked improvement week on week. also, sometimes he doesnt fancy it and i dont make him come but my rule is if he starts he finishes. some weeks hes fast others we walk run.
Lovely parkrun today for us...volunteering with a lovely bunch of people and resting up for my first 10k tomorrow. bit scared about that...

PepeLePew Sat 16-Nov-13 20:58:28

Thinking about it, perhaps I should volunteer in the holidays when football club is over - we could marshall and they could cheer everyone on. Then see how we go from there. I'd take dd on the run (does she need/can she have a barcode?) but it's so fast - last week the slowest runner was 38 mins and we would definitely be the last. Plus the hills are tough but there is a flat run nearby - maybe that's something to aim for next year! We'll carry on with a weekly run, I think - we can end up at the playground and I can run laps around it!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 16-Nov-13 21:06:16

That works for me lego. Will your DCs still be playing hockey after Christmas? DS's stop with the rugby matches at the end of this term. I think they have rugby 7's next term, but it won't be a weekly commitment like it has been this term.

Pepe - there was a thread a while ago (maybe a loooong while ago - they all merge into one in my mind) about how under 10's should not run more than a couple of KM because it was potentially bad for developing joints etc - I remember there being some quite opposing views, but the ones who were advocating limiting distances were drawing on research, while those against were drawing on how their own DCs liked to do parkrun grin. I think what you've described this afternoon sounds great. Neither of my DS's are great runners, despite both being pretty sporty - DS2 is a good sprinter, DS1 does a bit of cross-country because he's made to but that's about it.

Yay Melanie, brilliant!

Go cinnamon's mum, and go cinnamon tomorrow - make sure you come back and tell us how you get on!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 16-Nov-13 21:06:32

and hope DS is feeing better IsThat!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 16-Nov-13 21:12:24

Thread for pepe Thread for pepe

Good luck BellsaRinging! My first 10k was in march I was a nervous wreck!

Sounds lovely PepeLePew. I took ds1 a while ago as he asked to go but it took us 50mins and he whinged through most of it! He doesn't want to go again! I personally don't think there's anything wrong with them not being good at running. Kids generally run around in a random way and to run distances you have to be quite disciplined to keep a steady pace and that can take some learning. We have a lovely little 7 year old who runs our parkrun in 30ish mins but he also plays football so he's used to running around for a reasonable amount of time. Everyone is different, it's lovely that you can do something together and you all enjoy it but don't beat yourself up if they don't become runners smile
We do a doggy run on a Monday evening and one of the ladies bought her 8 year old, he kept up with us over 4.5 miles which majorly impressed me!!

Thanks OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive and I will smile

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 16-Nov-13 21:45:31

Actually, now I've looked at the thread, I don't think it's the right one - the one I'm thinking of was a lot longer smile

wem Sun 17-Nov-13 12:37:18

It's not parkrun, but I wanted to put somewhere that I've just done my first 10K smile 72 minutes, not bad really smile

Back to parkrun next week!

Knackerelli Sun 17-Nov-13 12:42:06

Wow wem, that's a fantastic time! Well done you!

wem Sun 17-Nov-13 12:47:12

Thanks Knackerelli. I didn't go into it with a time in mind so wasn't sure what to make of it really. I was just pleased to be getting round and feeling ok about it smile

Blatherskite Sun 17-Nov-13 12:56:18

Well done wem. My SIL did her first 10k this morning too. I wonder if your were at the same one?

IsThatTrue Sun 17-Nov-13 12:58:01

Wow wem well done you! We don't mind general running chat smile all welcome here!

A friend took ds2 for a walk in his buggy so I could run today. I managed 5.2 miles in 46 minutes shock I can give it some without the buggy!

I use the strava running app on my phone, they do different challenges each month that you can join if you wish. This months is a challenge to run 10k as fast as you can. So next week I need to do a 10k (preferably without the buggy), I'm hoping to do it in under an hour as my pb is 63 minutes something.

Blatherskite Sun 17-Nov-13 13:25:40

Next Sunday I'll be doing Mo Run and I'm signed up for the 10k. I signed up purely because last years Mo Run was the first 10k I ever did and I want to see how much faster I can do the same course. I did it in 62:55 last year and have since got my 10k PB down to 56:45. I was hoping to do at least 55 minutes this time but I'm worried that not being well might have put me back too much too close.

You will easily beat your PB IsThat if you can do 5.2 in 46 minutes. You've only got another mile to add onto that and you must be doing 8 minute-ish miles...

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sun 17-Nov-13 13:42:01

Brilliant time wem! Well done.

You sound super-speedy IsThat! I'm sure you can get under 60 mins.

Are you feeling better now Blathers?

Blatherskite Sun 17-Nov-13 14:15:22

Much better (at least I was until I went out drinking last night!) The near constant headache has gone and I can breathe again - which is handy for running wink

Well done Wem!!

That's beady (as ds2 would say) IsThatTrue! Definitely a sub 60min 10k.

Even if you don't manage 55min you'll definitely beat your last time Blatherkite.

I finished but it was bloody hard! I tried to keep with the 2hr pacers but they got ahead at between mile 9 and 10, once I got to 11 I got some momentum back and finished in 2:01:05 by chip timing smile

IsThatTrue Sun 17-Nov-13 17:31:52

Great time cinnamon well done!

Blatherskite Sun 17-Nov-13 17:47:46

Brilliant cinnamon. Great time.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sun 17-Nov-13 19:43:30

Yay cinnamon you star! Well done!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 17-Nov-13 21:30:07

No Parkrun for me this weekend - I've been learning Welsh instead grin (those are my 2 current projects - Welsh and running).

Well done to all that made it and to the 10k runners - should that be a goal for me?!

I'm hoping to make it next week for my 2nd Parkrun effort but we have a ridiculously busy 5 days coming up and DH has been in sole charge of our ds's all of this weekend so we'll have to see!

Knackerelli Sun 17-Nov-13 21:44:24

Yay cinnamon! Glad to hear that you had a good run too! We have some proper speedsters here!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sun 17-Nov-13 23:16:27

Iwish - how brilliant to be learning Welsh! Is it as impenetrable as it looks/sounds?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 18-Nov-13 09:51:59

No, it's more pronounceable than it looks but there are sooooooh many rules to remember regarding the treiglads (mutations) which cause some letters to change to others!

I'm getting there yn araf iawn (say un arav yown) very slowly!!

Tesco delivery, cooking and house cleaning for me this morning then I'll head out for a 5+ 30 minute run I think!

I'm rubbish at all languages sad

Had a 4.5 mile run yesterday morning which really helped my sore legs and today I am totally pain free grin. Apart from my left second toe, which I managed to kick a box with yesterday and it was almost instantly black/purple! I've also scraped some skin off it so it's really painful sad

And yes I think 10k is a reasonable thing to aim for IwishIwasmoreorganised, it took me a while to think of it but it is a very achievable distance without too much extra training.

Blatherskite Wed 20-Nov-13 10:55:27

I'm feeling better this week and had planned a lot of running - then DD came down with chicken pox so she's not at pre school and we're under house arrest while she gets spottier and spottier and spottier.

This does not bode well for the 10k PB I was hoping for on Sunday sad

Oh no Blatherskite sad. My two had it exactly two weeks apart so I had a looooonnng quarantine!

IsThatTrue Wed 20-Nov-13 14:34:56

cinnamon snap for the long quarantine, thankfully mine were 5 and 7 when they got it so easier to be cooped up with.

blathers I hope dd isn't too poorly with it.

I saw a little girl (ds2s friends sister, age 6) get knocked off her scooter by a car this morning. Even after a 4 mile run I couldn't get rid of that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. sad thankfully she's fine but my brain won't shut up with 'what if scenarios! sad

Ds1 was 4 and got it first then ds2 who was 10 months.

That's horrible IsThatTrue! Really shakes you things like that sad

PepeLePew Thu 21-Nov-13 23:10:26

Iwish - I'm about to start training for 10k. 5k is totally manageable now in a way I couldn't have imagined six months ago. So 10k seems like the next goal. I've been a bit slack the last week or so but am planning on skipping parkrun this Saturday (sorry!!) in favour of a longer run - was thinking 8k as that is just a bit further than the longest I've ever done before. Slow slow slow, I think - but am hoping I will feel the benefit of a couple of killer interval sessions on the treadmill this week.

IsThatTrue Fri 22-Nov-13 04:23:01

Go for it pepe and iwish 10k is a great goal. Especially if there's a race at the end of it. After I could manage 5k I trained for a 10 k race in September. It was great. I now routinely run between 3 and 6 miles at least 3 times a week smile

I doubt I'm going to fit parkrun in this week, it depends what time I need to leave as I'm heading to the Swedish church in London for their Christmas fair. And we need to be there around 11.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Fri 22-Nov-13 08:22:32

I will be parkrunning tomorrow-I need to get out after a bonkers week with no exercise apart from my daily bike ride to and from the station, but that is only a mile or so each way.

I need to get back into my running groove as I've a half marathon in 2 weeksshock and am still eating as though I am running 20+ miles a weekgrin

Tomorrow will be 25 for me, halfway there!

Blatherskite Fri 22-Nov-13 17:06:16

I think I have torn my calf muscle. I am probably going to miss Mo running on Sunday and won't get the moustache shaped medal that I've been hankering after for months or my PB. I am actually quite devastated sad

karatekimmi Fri 22-Nov-13 17:22:07

Hi all, can I join in,

I'm a part time runner and would live some consistency to my running, but an 18month old, and a new job means I do t have the time.

I accidently did y first park run, I went to the park with my "D"s who had been up since 3am and I was ready to scream so I ran to the park with him, and got talked into it. We've done it most weeks (starting at the back with the pushchair). I take about 38 mins with DS and 33 mins without him) I am envious of the sub 30 minutes times!!

I'll catch up with the thread, but I'm very excited about my PR tomorrow as I have a new to me running pushchair!!

IsThatTrue Fri 22-Nov-13 18:42:29

Oh blathers that's shit! I really hope you are on the mend really soon. But unfortunately you really must rest.

Welcome karatekimmi when I ran with the buggy at parkrun I did it in 35 minutes. Since then my fitness has improved but I don't want to push my buggy through the mud so I've not taken him in a while, I do however run with him quite often after I've dropped my big dcs at school. I now average 10 minute miles with the buggy which I am still really shock at tbh. It really helps my normal times though as when I run without the buggy I feel like I'm flying! smile

You'll soon have your pb under 30, I started running in June and when I did my first (solo) parkrun my time was 33.20 (ish) now my pb is 27.15! As long as you keep at it, you'll get there smile

I'm not running at all tomorrow. My DH is home grin and I'm leaving him with the dcs while I go out with mil. Tbh I need the peace. Ds2 has been a nightmare this week, I've had bugger all sleep and I'm really ratty! I shall run at some point Sunday ( I think)

Good luck for tomorrow parkrunners!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Fri 22-Nov-13 18:58:47

Welcome kimmigrinsmile

Blatherssad sad sad sad for you.

Have a lovely day tomorrow IsThatsmile

Looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on tomorrowsmile

thenightsky Fri 22-Nov-13 19:47:47

Blathers... be careful not to start back too soon. I had a torn calf muscle and thought I was okay after 6 weeks, but within 100 yards I was in agony, made it worse and needed another 10 weeks rest sad

Blatherskite Fri 22-Nov-13 20:07:27

6 weeks!! Noooooo!!

I don't think it's too bad. It hasn't bruised at all which is reassuring and has improved loads over the course of today. I can now almost walk normally with it just catching as it's at the furthest back point as I take a step with the other foot (if that makes any sense!) I can now pull my toes up which I couldn't do yesterday but I still can't weight-bear at the extremes so I can't tip toe. Going up stairs is fine but I feel it coming back down again.

I'd got about 10 minutes into a social run and just felt a tearing sensation down the back of my calf. Like fabric being torn, lots of little pops. It was sore but I was able to carry on for a little while. It wasn't the stabbing pain and immediate need to stop that I've read about. I'm hoping it's something else/not too bad and will be OK by Sunday or at least for my night run next week.

I'm deluding myself aren't I? sad

IsThatTrue Fri 22-Nov-13 20:59:02

blathers I reckon you need to sack off Sunday tbh. I can't see it doing you any good. Rest up and reevaluate on Friday. You may just make next weeks race if you rest, but if you don't you're just going to damage yourself more.

< stern look at blathers >

thenightsky Fri 22-Nov-13 21:26:32

Blathers... that sounds EXACTLY like I had. Sorry to say that. I was fine walking after about 4 days, except I could feel something when my leg was stretched out back at furthest point back of walking IYSWIM. I tried to run and was clutching my calf and gritting my teeth within 100 yards. Physio said I was a fool to even to try that. I needed ultrasound and 10 weeks off.

Blatherskite Fri 22-Nov-13 21:33:37

Ah bollocks sad

Standingonlego Sat 23-Nov-13 10:07:04

Hi All - POOR blathers that sounds really nasty. Do take care and see physio as soon as you can for emergency fix. Until then RICE - Rest Ice Compression Elevation. Take care and take heed of IsThat and nightsky

Just back from Parkrun enjoying being sat with tea and toast in a peaceful empty (but untidy) house. On MN, radio 6 on and relax for 5 minutes.

Welcome and waves to new parkrunners on this thread Kimmi and the regulars! Hope everyone had a good run this morning.

I enjoyed taking my new high viz tights out for their first test run, no more freezing calves - hooray! Slow to warm up but had enough left for a mini sprint finish to overtake the man in blue at finish funnel , fingers crossed for a respectable time smile A cold fresh day here but no wind so that was good. Look forward to hearing how everyone got on.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 23-Nov-13 10:18:30

Morning all!

Blathers - hope you are resting.

IsThat enjoy the week off and the day out.

I had a good run, not fast or anywhere near a PB, but it was good to be out. Even managed to chat for part of it grin.

Right, lego (and any other tourists) - let's set a January date for our meet-up. Is 11 Jan any good for people?

And speaking of tourism, is anyone in Norfolk? I'll be there the weekend after next, so am looking at doing one of the parkruns near Norwich - there look to be a couple I can get to from where I'm staying. PM me if you don't want to say on the thread.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 23-Nov-13 10:24:43

Blickling or Catton look closest to where I'll be in Norfolk smile

Blatherskite Sat 23-Nov-13 11:07:08

I'm resting. I'm not liking it but I'm resting sad

rosy71 Sat 23-Nov-13 11:18:21

I would appreciate any tips on getting below 30 minutes. My pb for 5k is currently 31.20. I've just done Parkrun this morning but am not expecting a pb because I've been ill. I'm currently running further than 5k on the weeks I don't do the Parkrun. Is that on the right lines?

Hi karatekimmi, think I remember you from c25k thread?

Sounds like a lovely Saturday Standingonlego, my family are always still in jarmies watching tv when I get back from parkrun.

Oh no Blatherskite, I'm like you I want to get back straight away. Sometimes I think its positive but others I think you have to accept it or seriously lengthen your recovery time. Only you will know but be honest with yourself! Hope you're back to full strength soon.

I'm on the Norfolk Suffolk border OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive smile about a 35 min drive from Norwich but beautiful run! Guessing your marathon means you're pretty much ready for a half?

I went to volunteer if needed today and wasn't so I ran, not a pb but nice and I've now done 20 running, 14 volunteering smile

Sorry rosy71, x-post as I spent ages writing blush
For me I just pushed myself when ever it felt ok and got quicker that way, I also joined a club and training is a lot of interval training of various types.

PepeLePew Sat 23-Nov-13 12:24:41

Well done parkrunners! Look forward to hearing the times later.

Blathers, I'm so sorry about your injury. That's miserable. Is a physio trip a possibility? I was really struggling earlier this year with knee pain even when not running and a couple of visits did make a difference. And rest. Obviously.

I didn't take my own advice, though - despite a knee twinge I went out this morning and ran 9k, which is the furthest I've ever done. Could have kept going but my knee was getting sore and I was mindful of the advice not to do more than 10% more a week (it was a bit more than that but I kept losing the path - which as I was meant to be following the river was a bit disconcerting). Slower than I thought - 57 mins - but I did fall into a pothole and spent a while swearing and rubbing my leg. I missed parkrun but it was such a glorious day, and my new gloves and jacket worked a treat, as did the running playlist my friend put together. Feeling good now, am off to meet a friend for lunch.

IsThatTrue Sat 23-Nov-13 12:52:18

rosy I found training for a 10k race really helped my 5k time. And I swear by intervals. It doesn't gave to be anything more complicated than 5 min normal run, then sprint for all your worth for 50/60/70/80/90/100 counts in your head (whatever you can manage) then back to a normal run for recovery. Then once you're breathing is more steady, sprint again. It's massively helped me with my times.

Unfortunately I've been doing a lot of buggy running so can't do intervals (or poor DS would end up with shaken baby syndrome). Although using the buggy for extra resistance helps me too.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 23-Nov-13 16:51:05

I managed 29.44 this morning in very cold conditions and I'm feeling grin

Starting the podcasts to get me up to 10k is going to have to wait until the end of january I think - we're just too busy for me to consider it until then.

Blatherskite Sat 23-Nov-13 17:12:00

I gave out flyers at parkrun this morning sad

It did give me a chance to chat with loads of experienced runners I know though which was helpful. All agreed that a tear would probably have resulted in a huge black bruise - which I don't have - so I'm hoping it's not as drastic as it sounded. It's still sore and I won't be running tomorrow but hopefully not as long a recovery as it might have been. DD's chicken pox have all scabbed now which means she can go back to pre school on Monday which leaves me free to see a physio but I'm not sure what they'd be able to do. I might e-mail the guy I saw last time and see what he advises.

karatekimmi Sat 23-Nov-13 17:33:34

Well I think I need to apologise to anyone at the Telford one running a time of around 40 mins as my mini kimmi screamed the whole way round. I stopped a couple of times to check on him but he was just tired and refusing to sleep!! I had high hopes for a Push chair PB, but it was bit to be. My slowest time of 39.51

<waves to cinamon and jcchoc> I think you're both Mfp friends from one thread. I've lost about 1.5 stone, but still have a way to go.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 23-Nov-13 17:54:03

No PB for me today - came in at 30:03. But a nice steady run. My right achilles/ankle/lower calf started to hurt as I was finishing my marathon training, but there was no way I was stopping grin.

But I've only done 3 parkruns since the marathon, through a combination of laziness, kind of resting the bad leg and lack of opportunity - and one of those was as tail runner. I'd booked the half as a way of keeping myself going after the marathon and making the most of my fitness. I'm planning a longish run tomorrow and 10 miles next Sunday and if those go OK I should be fine.

Sounds like you had an eventful run pepe! What's on the playlist?

Well done Iwish and kimmi.

rosy - intervals seem to be the answer.

wem Sat 23-Nov-13 18:15:45

PB for me - 33.42, inching towards 30mins smile

I hope it turns out to be less than you feared Blatherskite

Blatherskite Sat 23-Nov-13 18:26:44

Me too! Which half are you doing OhFour? When my leg works, I seem to be easily managing 12/13 miles recently but I've never done an 'official' half marathon and I want to do one. I can't believe it was just weeks ago that I was scared of going over 10 miles!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 23-Nov-13 18:53:50

I'm doing the Bedford Half Blathers.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 23-Nov-13 18:55:43

I met someone at parkrun this morning who's doing the MK half in March. Tempted?

IsThatTrue Sat 23-Nov-13 19:06:19

Well done to all runners, I'm heading out at some point tomorrow, and toying with the idea of doing 8 miles (I've only done 6.5 miles max so far) but it will depend wether DH is happy for me to be out for that long really.

Blatherskite Sat 23-Nov-13 19:06:32

Ah, Bedford is the same day as DD's birthday party so I can't do that one.

I did the 10k at the Festival of Running last year and loved it even the hill up to the finish I got my 10k PB on that course. I had every intention of doing the half this year but DH signed himself up for it so now I can't unless I can get someone to babysit. I'll be there one way or another as I'll come and cheer you DH on if I don't run.

It starts and finishes at the Xscape building in the city centre so parking is a breeze.

There is a half marathon on the same day as the MK marathon this year too on May 5th.

I'm quite fancying the Silverstone 10k on 7th May next year too.

rosy71 Sat 23-Nov-13 19:35:55

Thanks for the advice - I'd wondered about intervals & aiming for a 10k. Actually managed a pb this morning - 31.16 - so very pleased with that!

Runlikeagirl Sat 23-Nov-13 19:46:35

Hi, can I join? I've been running since end of September, after a broke foot, although I ran regularly before dd and ds.

I got a new pb this morning at parkrun- 30.35! I'd always been around the 35 mark and then last week dh pacede and pushed me and I did 30.37.

I really want to get under 30, think I will have to try intervals. Although it is very hilly where I live- dont fancy sprinting up hill!

PepeLePew Sat 23-Nov-13 22:17:38

runlikeagirl - hills are good too. You don't have to sprint up them, just try to keep the pace. Our local parkrun has four hills and I do find that just keeping a steady pace when I go up them when I am just out running really helps with general speed. And it's fun to speed up coming down.

The playlist is really eclectic ohfourfiftyninethirtyfive - some hiphop and dance and a large slug of American indie rock. She's in the music industry and a marathon runner so it's pretty good. If you're on Spotify, PM me and I can share it with you!

We do hill training where we have to try and speed up for the last 1/4 or at least maintain pace then recover down.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 24-Nov-13 07:56:08

I think that I need to try some hills or some more intense intervals at least.

Having managed 29.44 today, I'm going to work towards 28 minutes now. I think it'll be another fortnight before I can make park run again though.

Runlikeagirl Sun 24-Nov-13 09:05:24

Great! My park run has some big hills, really long ones too. There is another local one at a racecourse, so reasonably flat- I'm tempted to do that on week to see if I can go faster! Cheating though!

I go to a sweatshop running club and someone there has started doing speed training at abloval athletics track, so might try that too.

karatekimmi Sun 24-Nov-13 14:50:06

My route is a there and back route, and instead of intervals I try to run back a minute quicker than I ran out (if that makes sense) not strictly intervals but it motivates me to keep my speed up.

I use the micoach app (an Adidas one) and it links to a programme on the website which has interval training in it.

Standingonlego Sun 24-Nov-13 15:48:25

runlikeagirl my local is at a racecourse, if you decide to come visit let me know.

OhFour 11th Jan sounds great, just need to double check not skiing (not that we have booked anything yet!). Let's see who else we can lure out for a RL meet up.

Runlikeagirl Sun 24-Nov-13 16:05:08

Ooh standing is it Ponte or York by any chance?

Standingonlego Sun 24-Nov-13 17:28:17

Nope! It is an ex-Racecourse called "The Racecourse" in Northampton

dramaqueen Sun 24-Nov-13 18:16:59

I'm up for 11 jam in Northampton. I did 8.8k today in 1:01 - furthest distance I've ever done so really chuffed. I'm never going to be the speediest person but I think pushing myself towards 10k is helping my 5k times.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sun 24-Nov-13 18:27:25

Oh so much running, so little time!

I had a lovely run this morning, about 10K, but deliberately didn't take my garmin because I didn't want to know for far/fast I as going. I got into a really nice ryhthm and had been ran for about 1:15. Some of it was a bit slow and muddy, but I enjoyed being out, especially as I didn't sleep well last night and needed some endorphins to carry me through the day grin.

Yay drama! Glad you are on for 11th Jan smile.

Standingonlego Sun 24-Nov-13 19:02:08

Excited abut 11th Jan far that is OhFour, Drama and hopefully blathers if she is feeling better. All welcome smile

Standingonlego Sun 24-Nov-13 19:03:06

Northampton...not the glamour capital of the world, but about 1 hour away from many more interesting places grin

Standingonlego Sun 24-Nov-13 23:11:27

Breaking news....that only you lot will get, i as 1st in my age category yesterday smile Just seen the proper results e-mail. Only because some regulars were not there, but all the same i am grin.

Yay! Well done Standingonlego! I was First Lady this week but only a total of 12 ladies/ 25 total runners.

Does anyone know the point of the points table?

Standingonlego Mon 25-Nov-13 07:59:50

Yay back at you cinnamon that really is fabulous smile

No idea on points table, I just ignore that bit!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Mon 25-Nov-13 09:58:12

Go lego and cinnamon! We have some stars in our midst! Brilliant!

The top three men and women in the points table got prizes at our pr's birthday/anniversary this year. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I'm in the top ten. You seem to get more points for volunteering than you do for running (I think the running points thing is based on your time), so if you turn up regularly and volunteer from time to time you can quite easily pick up points.

I was top of our points table for quite a while, until I missed 2 ParkRuns. I know the girl who's overtaken me, and we have a bit of friendly banter/ rivalry going on.

You get 100 points for volunteering, but that's capped at 300 points towards the table. I was timekeeper on Saturday. Running points are 100 for first lady home, 99 for the second, 98 for third etc. The number 3 slot on our points table is currently taken by one of the slowest runners, but she turns up faithfully every week.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 25-Nov-13 11:42:21

That's great lego

I was 100th lady from more than 400 runners! Ours seems to be a massive Parkrun!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 25-Nov-13 11:43:14

Sorry cinnamon missed your First Lady result too. Well done!

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Mon 25-Nov-13 19:53:31

Thanks for the explanation Melanie!

Not sure where my earlier post went!

I said I'm second in the points table but unlikely to be first as I volunteer more than the lady who's first despite getting more points in the ones I run I won't catch up, had all 300 volunteering points but be nice to get a prize for 2nd.

Still chasing the place smile

Runlikeagirl Tue 26-Nov-13 18:53:23

I got a charity place for the GNR! Excited and a but scared! Need to start running further than 5k!

IsThatTrue Tue 26-Nov-13 19:36:50

Yay runlikeagirl time to get some running in smile

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Tue 26-Nov-13 19:54:51

Brilliantgrin runlikesmile

Standingonlego Tue 26-Nov-13 20:37:00

runlike that is FABULOUS news, how exciting!!!! Lots of time to train, is it September time?

Standingonlego Tue 26-Nov-13 20:37:24

Which charity are you running in aid of?

Runlikeagirl Wed 27-Nov-13 12:59:11

Yes September. I'm running for Rethink, the mental health charity.

Brilliant, Run, and Cinnamon, here's hoping for your chasetheplace!

My new running shoes have arrived - blimey, that was quick work from SweatShop! I shall try them out at training session tonight. I went for the Brooks Rawenna ones. What does anyone else wear?

Yay Runlikeagirl! Don't panic too much yet, I think steady build up is easier than you expect smile

I have Nike somethings wink MelanieCheeks, I went to a local shop and they filmed me running and suggested three pairs, two felt good so I went with the cheapest. The guy who served me said he always favours brooks. I have got some brooks adrenaline ASR's on my birthday wishlist as my last pair were bought in Jan.

Blatherskite Wed 27-Nov-13 14:58:43

I wear New Balance 1080 v3s with Footbalance insoles. They're hideously pink/purple but so, so comfy. I forefoot land so the lower heel suits me perfectly.

That's when I'm running of course. Calf has got so much better but seems to have stalled. I can walk easily now but get a pain if I tip toe or try to tense the muscle. I've got an appointment with my physio on Friday so hopefully he'll be able to tell me whether I should run on Saturday or not as I've got a 10k night run in the evening.

Congrats on your GNR place RunLikeAGirl. I'd love to do the GNR

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Wed 27-Nov-13 18:12:12

I run in Saucony Triumph 10s.
Hope the physio appointment goes well Blathers. I too would love to do the

Standingonlego Wed 27-Nov-13 18:25:56

I have Saucony Omnis - had version 8, currently in 9 and have 11's on my Christmas list! Same shoe, slight update each season in colour etc. I did the GNR pre-DC, about 10 years ago - it was fabulous smile

Standingonlego Wed 27-Nov-13 18:26:28

Hope it goes well with the physio blathers

I had saucony's before these ones and I loved them but the guy said the newer version of the same shoe wasn't very good and I didn't want to get exactly the same pair. Can you tell I don't often get to spend time shopping for shiney new things blush

Good luck Blatherskite, hope physio gives you a positive answer smile

I tried the Brooks last night, and they feel a bit pinchy. I'll re-lace them and wear them with better socks for Saturday's run, but I've a feeling they'll be going back for something different.

Blatherskite Thu 28-Nov-13 20:31:11

I tried a short (2 mile) run tonight just to see if my calf hurt and it was ok! smile

There's a 'pinch' where it tore and it feels tight but hopefully the physio can right that in the morning. Even if he doesn't, I could definitely run on it so my night run on Saturday is on. I'm going to be near you OhFour smile

Blatherskite Thu 28-Nov-13 22:43:06

My 50 t-shirt has arrived and I can collect it on Saturday!!

I'm a little bit excited grin

I'd be very excited Blatherskite! Upto 20 now so ages to go for me, maybe by the end of 2014!

Ooooh, blatherskite how very exciting!

I'm giggling now as I've just remembered I was ParkRunning in my dreams last night. It turned into a triathlon, and I had to swim across a harbour. I could see my Zola Budd/ Mary Decker rival on the far quay. I had my dog with me, and we dived into the water and made our way across. As we were running to the finish line, Batman appeared in the skies and whisked off one of the other runners.......

Blatherskite Fri 29-Nov-13 10:28:32

Just got back from my S&M session...sorry, I mean physio. It was so painful at times I was wimpering but on the plus side, he says I should be OK to run tomorrow night. It was definitely torn as he could feel the scar tissue but he's given me some tips so hopefully, all will be well.

Wish me luck!

And cross fingers too for my friend who is doing the Piece of String Fun Run today and possibly tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that too He's going to need all the luck he can get!


Blatherskite Fri 29-Nov-13 13:18:54

I'm watching the Twitter feed, it's hilarious! They got them to run the first leg and then put them all on a coach and drove them to Bath!

I've just spent £40 on compression socks to hold my calf in place while I run tomorrow which seems even more crazy!

karatekimmi Fri 29-Nov-13 17:08:47

I'm a bit sad as at the ripe old age of 33 years and 360 days I had my 3 bottles of wine taken off me at asda as I'm far too young looking!! I'm trying to look for silver linings, At least the PR won't be as painful tomorrow!!

I wear new balance 759's and I get new shoes next week for my Bday, just don't know what to get.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Fri 29-Nov-13 22:47:52

grin kimmi.

Hope the run goes well tomorrow Blathers.

Indeed, hope everyone has a good run tomorrow.

No parkrun for me, I have an OU tutorial instead.

Standingonlego Sat 30-Nov-13 09:56:07

kimmi that is a massive compliment envy

Just back from a lovely fresh sunny Parkrun. We had a minutes silence at start for one of our original ParKRunning team and a legend in one of the local clubs who has passed away, very emotional. A lovely man, kind and encouraging to everyone. Will be missed. Run Director handled it really well.

So apart from some teary eyes and snuffling at the start because of the minute silence... I really felt good today and my friend was surprised to see me just a couple of places behind her in token queue so fingers crossed for a good time! Hope the result text comes quick today!

How was your calf blathers? Did the super sexy socks help? Hope you got your 50 shirt ok - that is a 2014 target for us all i think!!!

Hope everyone had a great run (or tutorial in OhFour case) and look forward to hearing from you all later.

Standingonlego Sat 30-Nov-13 11:22:54

27.42 shockgringringrin

Nearly a minute faster than last week....and only 4 seconds away from my PB. - so happy!!!!!

I had that a few months ago karatekimmi but I always carry my driving license. It annoys me too but I guess it's better than the customer is CLEARLY over 25 button grin

Today was my birthday parkrun, rd persuaded me to take cake. Luckily we only had 24 runners but they very embarrassingly sang to me! Took my littlest dog and we managed 1 min slower than my pb smile

Well done standingonlego and sorry to hear about your fellow parkrunner passing away sad

And dh bought me run fat b!tch run grin

Standingonlego Sat 30-Nov-13 11:32:23

Happy Birthday cinnamon cake. You youngsters grin

karatekimmi Sat 30-Nov-13 14:26:15

Happy birthday cinnamon cake if there are only 24 runners, id have a chance of being in the first 25 places!!!!

the lack of wine obviously helped as I got a PB of 31.28 1 and a half mins faster than before! My DSis had LO and I chased followed another runner who seemed to keep a good pace for me. I was really really pleased with my time!!

Yes 50 PR by the end of next year is definitely a goal for me, and hopefully an achievable one.

Hope everyone had a good one.

wem Sat 30-Nov-13 14:43:09

Happy Birthday cinnamon smile

I ran the whole way for the first time! It felt good so I'm quietly hopeful of a pb, but poss made it round without stopping by running slower, so will have to see.

Blatherskite Sat 30-Nov-13 14:45:50

I have my 50 shirt grin

My run is tonight - at 7:30! It's going to be dark and muddy I think.

Knackerelli Sat 30-Nov-13 15:05:24

Happy birthday cinnamon!

Was a lovely morning to run, bright blue sky and no frost. I didn't run, volunteered for the first time. I really enjoyed cheering everyone on and seeing all the people parkrun attracts, from commited pb chasers to first timers. Got very cold though; I needed my cup of tea after!

Blatherskite Sat 30-Nov-13 15:22:33

Happy Birthday cinnamon

I volunteered this morning too. All I can say is that if the amount of snot and dried dribble I saw on some of our front runners was what it takes to be at the front then I am happy nearer the back thank you wink

The first guy came in at 16 minutes something - about a minute and a half over the course record but he was flying. Making it look easy too!

wem Sat 30-Nov-13 16:53:03

Yay for your 50 tshirt and grin for snot and dribble , very attractive.

Another 20 seconds off my pb today, happy with that :-)

thenightsky Sat 30-Nov-13 20:48:32

yeah... new PB today. 28 seconds off the old one! I only did it coz I met one of my old trainers from my running club days who dragged me round, telling me to 'get them knees up, breathe faster, deeper, lift your chin up, open your mouth and breathe woman... you're running like a fecking girl'!


I love that man!

Knackerelli Sat 30-Nov-13 21:05:45

Ooh, can I borrow him next week thenightsky?!?!

Blatherskite Sat 30-Nov-13 22:05:58

That was horrible!

The course was entirely trail (upwards sideways slopes, mud, potholes the lot) and even with head torches, pitch black. There were no paths and because it wasn't particularly well marked it was really easy to get disorientated. No chips either, times were done with a 'dobber' you wore on your finger which was a pain to wear and meant that you had to stop and 'dob' your finger into a little box to be counted in which held things up when lots of people finished at once. Plus, the time started when the RD said "go" rather than when you crossed the start line. Race numbers were written in marker on the back of our hands too!

Calf held up well but did start hurting at about 4k. I'm ice-ing and elevating it now. Forgot my Garmin too so all I have is the dobber time. I think even taking off the wasted time at the beginning and end, that's still my slowest 10k ever.

Assuming I can run, we're coming to do your parkrun next weekend OhFour, will you be there?

thenightsky Sat 30-Nov-13 22:07:27

Knackerelli - he is scary but you can borrow him if you live near Scunthorpe grin

Blatherskite Sat 30-Nov-13 22:15:10

I'll be back in Doncaster for Christmas. Can I borrow him night? smile

WhomessweetWhomes Sat 30-Nov-13 22:16:58

No Parkrun for me today as I'm saving my energy for a 10k X-country race tomorrow. Eek! It's my first proper trail run and I feel very unprepared.

thenightsky Sat 30-Nov-13 22:32:21

Blathers - he's a harsh trainer who can run the legs of most people I know, and he turns 70 years old next summer! shock

Blatherskite Sat 30-Nov-13 22:35:25

I'm going to need harsh if I'm going to beat my Doncaster parkrun PB!

thenightsky Sat 30-Nov-13 22:42:30

What's yer PB Blathers?

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 30-Nov-13 22:55:33

Oh pooh Blathers, probably not. I will know towards the end of the week - depends on DS1's rugby commitments. He's missed the last two matches because of a head bang in training 10 days ago and is somewhat fed up about it.

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sat 30-Nov-13 22:57:31

Happy birthday cinnamon cake

Fab PBs kimmi, wem and nightsky.

Great running lego.

Looking forward to going out tomorrow.

jchocchip Sun 01-Dec-13 07:08:34

Happy Birthday Cinnamon!
Good luck with your 10k whomes.
Did my flat parkrun course yesterday and managed to jog the whole way. Didn't quite come last either, which makes a change! Foot hurts today though, sad

That's funny thenightsky! Well done!

Well done wem!

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your night run Blatherskite sad I did a 5 miler that was a ready steady go start and people taking down your number as you crossed the line and writing the number on the stop watch smile I guess it depends on how much money the club who's running it has. We did get a real number and a bottle of beer though. It was my favourite race so far and I'm definitely doing it again next year grin

Don't worry WhomessweetWhomes, cross country is fab! Much rather run off road than on, easier on the knees and more variety smile

Blatherskite Sun 01-Dec-13 08:08:54

PB for Doncaster is 25:38 night. Much fast than my PB on my normal course.

I wouldn't mind the basic timing cinnamon only we'd paid £18 each for entry! They were struggling to get entries and e-mailed me after I entered to see if I could help spread the word, which I did, so they've offered me a free entry to another of their runs (it's a proper events company who organised it) but I'm not sure I'm going to take them up on it.

£18 is not cheap! My half marathon was only £20!!! I agree you expect more from an events company, perhaps it's the number of entrants rather than the entrance few that determine if you can afford decent timings?

And well done for jogging the while course jchocchip grin

Some great running there, folks, and Happy Birthday Cinnamon!

My headphones were mucking about yesterday which cost me some seconds of faffing, and then I had no music or pace-feedback. So I was delighted with a run time of 28:03. It's not a PB.....but it's my second best time :-)

thenightsky Sun 01-Dec-13 16:57:49

I'm now even happier.... Just seen my email from Saturday and I came FIRST in my age group!!! grin

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Sun 01-Dec-13 18:29:56

Well done Melanie and nightsky! Great running!

DH did his second ever parkrun yesterday after over 6 months off after knee surgery and was still faster than my PB envy - I shall make him be my pacer next time.

I have managed 5 and a bit miles today - wanted to do more but no time. Not exactly prepared for next Sunday's half marathon grin.

karatekimmi Mon 02-Dec-13 06:58:52

I did 9k yesterday pretty slowly, but at least I got out wishes I had a babysitter all the time

I really want to fit in an extra run midweek, but I really struggle to find even half an hour!! The worst of it is we have a fairly rubbish treadmill at home!! I must make more of an effort!

Standingonlego Mon 02-Dec-13 16:10:28

Excited as going to a running club training session for first time tonight!!! I did Body Attack at the gym this morning, so tomorrow might be a bit sore - but as DH home today grabbing the opportunity to try it out smile

IsThatTrue Mon 02-Dec-13 16:14:15

I've been neglecting the thread. Ds2 is poorly and we're just getting possession of the new house so I have a lot on my plate. I haven't run since thurs and haven't even managed to use my new garmin yet sad

But I'll get back to it soon enough. And hopefully I'll have time to catch up with you all soon.

Happy running.

What did you get IsThatTrue? I got a forerunner 110 from my Dad for my birthday grin

Standingonlego Mon 02-Dec-13 17:48:47

IsThat hope DS feels better soon, and house proceeds smoothly with minimal hassle. We will all still be here when everything has calmed down a bit !

Blatherskite Mon 02-Dec-13 18:40:27

DS has just broken out in spots so it looks like we're doing round 2 of Chicken Pox here! sad


karatekimmi Mon 02-Dec-13 20:57:43

Poor you xx

I've just sorted my diary out for the rest of the year, and have offered to volunteer the day after my Christmas party!! I figure I probably won't be running, but the fresh air will do me good and it means I won't get too drunk

My parkrun isn't doing a Christmas Day run, but they are doing a New Year's Day run. I haven't decided what I'm doing over new year yet, but it might be a nice way to start the new year!

I don't think we're doing a Christmas Day one either, we only had 24 runner this week so don't want to end up with more volunteers than runners wink

Blatherskite Mon 02-Dec-13 21:06:43

I don't think the kids would ever forgive me if I ran on Christmas day!

New Years however, I might try to fit 2 in as some start at 9 and others at 10 smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 02-Dec-13 22:24:52

We're not around for Christmas, but a New Years Day run sounds like a great start to 2014! I'll have to see what the plans are at my local Parkrun.

Mine would love it Blatherskite, they'd open their pressies before I went and get to play with them in their jarmies while I was out! Just like a normal Saturday really, none of them dressed all vegging out when I get home!

Blatherskite Mon 02-Dec-13 22:53:43

I fear admitting this just in case I get lynched but so far (kids are 6 and almost 4) don't tend to get up early on Christmas morning so our days usually starts around 7.30/8 blush

As DH and I both have large families who give lots of gifts, there is no way we would be finished for me to go out for 9.

I wake mine up, much to dh's disgust! I'm always te first awake on Christmas morning grin

We've discussed a New Year's Day one. Will there be points. I want to know?

OhFourFiftyNineThirtyFive Tue 03-Dec-13 23:17:22

Sorry to hear that DS has come out in spots now Blathers.

Don't know about points, we're not doing one but I may go to another local one New Year's Day smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Wed 04-Dec-13 23:04:41

Doesn't look as though we are doing either Christmas or New Year.

Not sure if I will be running this weekend. I had my bag snatched last night, adrenaline kicked in and I chased the guy and had a little tussle with him (yippee for speed training and a houseful of rugby players meaning I knew how to tackle someone bigger than me) but I now have some badly grazed/bruised knees and a sore back to show for it.

karatekimmi Thu 05-Dec-13 05:54:22

ohone oh no, that's awful, I hope your okay! I bet (s)he got a but of a shock, did you get your bag back? Did the police get the person? wine and cake for youxx

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Thu 05-Dec-13 18:24:32

Thanks kimmi-no sign of any of my stuff. Police have taken a statement but didn't raise my expectations about getting any of it back. sad angry

Knackerelli Thu 05-Dec-13 20:01:04

Oh my gosh ohone, that's awful sad bet you gave them a shock though! Some people just make you sick. Hope you're feeling okay.

IsThatTrue Thu 05-Dec-13 20:15:50

Sorry to hear that ohone and sorry your DS has the pox blathers

Well ds2 is slightly better now, but between him and the house I haven't run for a week sad not a happy bunny!

Oh how awful OhOneOhTwoOhThree, sorry to hear you've hurt yourself and hope you manage to carry on as normal. Good luck with your stuff too, you never know!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Thu 05-Dec-13 21:30:30

Thanks girls - btw I've gone back to OhOne because I had MN on my phone and was logged in as OhFour - I was advised to change all my passwords etc in case the little gits hacked my accounts.

All being well I will be doing some parkrun tourism on Saturday - although elderly relative I'm staying with has left a message to say the weather is terrible and I should not go. I will decide in the morning. If not I will look forward to seeing Blathers at my usual run smile.

Blatherskite Thu 05-Dec-13 21:50:16

And there was Blathers remembering that it is - of all things - the running club night out on Friday which isn't planned to finish until 2am and that driving to my parkrun might be beyond me never mind heading over to you!

Friend is on nightshift and is planning on running before she goes to bed though so I might just have to toughen up a little

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Thu 05-Dec-13 22:25:23

grin grin grin

Blatherskite Thu 05-Dec-13 22:34:23

Sorry, should have said that it's the Christmas do not just a general night out.

Not feeling very much like a runner this week though. I've been letting my calf rest since battering it at that trail run and am feeling rather fat and sedentary this week sad

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Thu 05-Dec-13 23:25:43

You mean you don't do that every week? So who is driving, sleep deprived friend or still-squiffy Blathers?

I have run even less than you - 3 x parkruns (one tailrunner) and a couple of five milers in the last month - quite a come down from my marathon training grin. Have done a bit of biking here and there but nothing like the training I should have done for Sunday's half. Oh well, someone has to be last...

My goodness ohone you're brave!

Our PR will be a santa dash this week. I dont expect a PB in the suit and beard, wonder if I can attach a pair of antlers to my doggie......

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 06-Dec-13 08:59:23

Melanie - you must post a picture of your doggie if you manage to get antlers on him grin

Blatherskite Fri 06-Dec-13 12:24:17

It's DD's birthday party on Sunday otherwise I'd come and drag you round OhOne smile

Sleep deprived friend works near you so she is least likely to get lost but I've been so distracted by the Wooly Hugs sale this morning, I might end up here trying to ice DD's cake while still squiffy anyway!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 06-Dec-13 23:11:26

Speaking of Woolly Hugs, I was wondering how people might feel about dedicating one of our parkruns to fundraising for WCC as a way of finishing off the Woolly Running year. As well as asking friends and family to donate we could ask mumsnetters who haven't sponsored other woolly runners to consider donating.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 06-Dec-13 23:14:07

And I went to Norfolk and will be doing Blickling Park if there are any lurkers who want to say hello tomorrow grin

I'm volunteering at mine and then straight off to do our club 10k after or I may have considered a travel OhOneOhTwoOhThree. How you feeling now?

Standingonlego Sat 07-Dec-13 01:36:05

It is past 1.30 and I am still awake and tipsy....does not bode well for tomorrow morning grin

karatekimmi Sat 07-Dec-13 05:45:13

I have volunteered for the night after my Christmas party on the 21st as I won't be having a lie in thanks to mini kimmi! I'm marshalling as I think I'll be able to cope with standing in high vis!!

I've been looking at other races and have found a 10k at the end of January that I might do! I know I can do the distance but it's whether I can do it justice! Although I would like to do a half marathon at some point with a vague plan of doing a marathon before I'm forty ( 6 years to go!!)

Has anyone else got running ambitions for next year? I'd like my 50 tshirt (only 46 to go!!)

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 07-Dec-13 10:59:45

I had a bad run today.

I woke with a headache, but some ibuprofen sorted that. Then half way around one of my double knotted shoelaces managed to come undone so I needed to retie that and not long after I got the worst stitch that I've ever felt - literally couldn't get a deep breath in so had to stop for that.

To top it all, my pelvic floor really struggled and lost its fight at times blush. This has never happened when I'm running alone, it's only at Parkrun that it seems to be an issue.

I think I might have to ask santa for some of those weighted cones. This can't go on!

Hope you all did better.

Knackerelli Sat 07-Dec-13 13:55:55

Had a bad run today timewise,knew it would be though as have done virtually no running in this month due to illness and work. Also not in a very good head space. Was nice just to be outside and went round chatting with a friend. My lace came undone too! Next week is fancy dress so hopefully my Santa hat will have go faster powers!!

thenightsky Sat 07-Dec-13 14:26:01

WhoooHoooo.... PB for me again. Knocked 40 seconds off! I knew I was working harder than normal coz I did the whole second lap with a stitch.

karatekimmi Sat 07-Dec-13 17:41:42

We'll done everyone for completing it!!

My pelvic floor isn't what it used to be, and I ALwAYS pop to the loo before the park run, after an incident!!

Ran with mini kimmi so no hope of a PB but have a new PR friend.

Still waiting for the results, but no complaints for a fab, free service.

Sorry for those with bad runs and well done thenightsky!

I volunteered today as it was my clubs timed 10k, I managed 54:46 which I wasn really chuffed with but does suggest my parkrun pb should be better than 26:33! Must try harder!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 07-Dec-13 19:35:09

I'd been to the loo just before starting!

Blatherskite Sat 07-Dec-13 20:20:46

No parkrun for me this morning. I got in from the running club night out at 4am so it was just not going to happen. Almost a pity as that running club is huge and so makes up a large proportion of the runners so there were only 280-odd runners rather than our usual 350-ish so it would have been nice and quiet. Good course PB potential for those not hung over.

My goals for this year were to get my 50 shirt - done, get a parkrun time of 25 minutes - done and run 10k in 55 minutes. I think the 10k is the only one that's going to beat me as I don't think my calf is going to be healed enough to push it that hard in time.

So I guess it goes back on next years list. I'd like to get a 25 minute finish at my home course too and complete at least 1 official half marathon. I'm already signed up for one so that should be easy. I definitely need more bling next year. I've entered next to nothing this year so I might try to add to my medal collection a bit.

Our PR was doing a Santa Dash yesterday, so I wasnt expecting a PB. I did manage to run faster than last week, though, and record a result in the 27s, whcih I'm very happy with. My dog Mini posed with a set of antlers, the Mayor was there, we had coffe and shortbread afterwards, so it was a real feel good session.

2014 goals - get my 50 shirt (half way there!), and run a sub-60 10k (1:03 earlier this year)

Photo on my home page - how do you attach them to a message?

Standingonlego Sun 08-Dec-13 13:14:44

Hello everyone, catching up after being offline. Sounds like a mixed experience yesterday, and a long wait for times as well.

iwish I have the occassional challenge too, I have found that it is worst the week before my period confused The big problem for me is not running but body attack at the gym....jumping jacks. I went for the simple insurance solution of Tena lights, just in case and means I do not worry which seems to help blush. TMI, but honest me grin

After the unpromising preperation of 3.5 hours sleep and a stonking hangover i managed a 27.41, 1 second faster than last week and now only 3 seconds away from my PB. Maybe the fartlek session on Monday DID help! Target for 2013 - get a new PB!!!!!

cinnamon great time, well done !

Targets for 2014, I think I am recycling blathers 2013 ones...50 T Shirt (now done 30), 25 something PB at home parkrun course and a good solid 10k.

Melaniecheeks if you are running 5k 27s then a sub 60m 10k should be easy smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 08-Dec-13 13:43:53

Hellloooo runners!

I had a lovely time at Blickling Park yesterday - was pretty slow, as I didn't know the course (but could see there were a couple of hills) and it was gravelly trail rather than a hard path. I still managed to finish below 30.00 so that was good.

And I did the HM this morning in about 2:20. Happy with that, as it was very hilly and I was very tired after a stressful week and lots of driving over the last couple of days. My knees are healing up well, but the bruising is quite impressive now. My back is feeling better, although still stiff. And no word from the police so I'm resigned to not seeing any of my stuff again.

I too have pelvic floor problems - DS2 was over 10lbs so I blame him. Dark running clothes and a pad help. There was a woman about my age yesterday who was wearing light grey joggers which didn't provide much camouflage.

Goals for next year - 50 parkruns (have done 26), a sub-1 hour 10K (PB clue is in my nickname) and another couple of halves.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 08-Dec-13 15:19:39

Oh and one more goal - a sprint triathlon smile

Blatherskite Sun 08-Dec-13 18:32:31

My 10k PB is 56:45 so I got close to my target but not quite there. Definitely need to work on my speed next year

That's a good time OhOneOhTwoOhThree considering your bruised knees and not doing much running since yor marathon! Sorry to hear you haven't heard anything about your stuff. I know what you mean about not going where you're going but it made me faster yesterday as I needed to keep someone in my sights! It's a 10k that my club run in may but I've never done it and it wasn't marked out at all. I got vague directions before starting smile

3 seconds off your pb with a hangover means next week is pb week standingonlego!

PepeLePew Mon 09-Dec-13 22:40:54

I've volunteered for Saturday - am hoping they pick me! I love a high vis jacket!

I've picked up what I think is an ITB injury - am foam rolling like mad but it hurts! Really cross
as I did my first ever 10k yesterday in 59m and 58 seconds - it was such fun. I drove to the South Bank and ran along the Thames to London Bridge then looped back through the City. Felt so pleased and was going to do it again on Friday
but then mentioned my knee pain to my sister who is am
experienced runner and she told me to google
ITB. So no parkrunning on Saturday but fingers crossed I can volunteer instead.

Blatherskite Wed 11-Dec-13 18:43:43

Finally going to do my 51st parkrun on Saturday! I did my 50th and have then either been injured or volunteering somewhere ever since. At least my nice, new. red shirt will finally get an outing.

I got to be a race director at a marathon today too! It was cold but very motivational. They were all amazing.

Wow Blatherskite, pressure!! Glad you enjoyed it.

I'm doing ok for volunteers at the moment, 4 and it's only Thursday smile

rosy71 Thu 12-Dec-13 20:39:43

Another one with pelvic floor issues blush I'm glad to read I'm not the only one! I'm a fan of black running clothes too.

My targets for 2014 are running a 5k in under 30 mins & finding a race to enter. I'm toying with the idea of trying a 10k too. I haven't actually run that far yet, so that might be one for 2015.

Blatherskite Thu 12-Dec-13 21:35:59

It wasn't too bad cinnamon. I was technically the co-RD and the ED was there too so I wasn't on my own. I've done a couple now and am signed up to do another in the new year. It's small scale and really friendly so it's lots of fun to do. A single marathon is nothing to most of the guys who come as they're used to doing 2, 3, 4 even 10 in a row or even a couple in a day!! In fact, the last time I helped out, one guy was doing his 37th marathon in 37 days! They're all amazing. Makes me being worried about attempting a single marathon feel a bit silly.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 12-Dec-13 21:58:00

I've done the NHS choices 5+ speed and stepping stone podcasts since Saturday with no pelvic floor problems.

Why is it only at Parkrun that I struggle?!

A week in the life of a ParkRunner:

Sunday - take big dog out for a distance run
Monday - training session in the evening
Tuesday - make sure I do my supposed-to-be daily press-ups and squats for strength
Wednesday - training session
Thursday - start looking at the weather forecast for the weekend
Friday - make sure all chosen running gear is clean and ready to go. Try to psych self into aiming for a PB. Try to mderate alcohol intake to avoid hangovers.
Saturday - ParkRun!
Saturday afternoon - fret waiting for the results to come in, compare and contrast perfromance with previous weeks, post on Mumsnet and other forums......

Standingonlego Fri 13-Dec-13 20:33:32

Melanie I did an extra task this week - bid for dodgy festive fancy dress outfit on ebay ready for next weeks Christmas run fblush. I have never needed fancy I have a Mrs Santa to add to my Halloween get up!

karatekimmi Sat 14-Dec-13 06:21:18

Well it's looking dry here which is good! Just need to get my lazy bum off the sofa an get ready - despite mini kimmi bein up at 5 I clock we seem to be rushin to the start line far too often!! We try to get a bit of playtime at the park to wear out entertain LO and then he has the important job of waving at all the Marshall's!

Gale force wind and rain forecast here! Might not take the dog with me today.

Standingonlego Sat 14-Dec-13 10:41:36

It was cold and bright here this morning, nice weather for it. Less people than usual as a big event "blood, sweat and beers" or something like that ,lots of our club runners are doing it later today. Sounds horrific!

Hope everyone had a lovely run, and look forward to race reports later!

Standingonlego Sat 14-Dec-13 10:43:12

Hope OhOne you are feeling better (how scary) and everyone nursing injuries, niggles and Christmas party hangover has a lovely day too x

karatekimmi Sat 14-Dec-13 12:21:47

Well we managed to get out before 8, so ratbag had a good run around the park, and then slept the whole way round!!

I bumped into my midwife at the start so I ran round with her, and it was really good as I knocked over 3 mins off my best time with the pushchair!! It did feel harder though! I need a nap now, but someone won't let that happen!!

Hope you all had good runs this week.

Standingonlego Sat 14-Dec-13 13:18:52

cinnamon you were right - a new PB grin

27.02, delighted and a great improvement on my previous 27.38 (and the recent 27.42 and 27.41). So next week, aiming to break the 27 minute barrier !

Blatherskite Sat 14-Dec-13 15:03:38

I could really tell I've had 3 weeks with almost no running this morning! Huffed and puffed round to a 28:12 finish. I ran yesterday and my calf feels like I have a big knot in it which didn't help. I think I may have to stick to 3 runs a week for a while while it finishes healing

Standingonlego Sat 14-Dec-13 18:30:22

blathers take it steady and get better. 28.12 is still a blinking awesome time smile

Well done karatekimmi and standingonlego!!!

Look after yourself Blatherskite! I know how frustrating it is but better not to push yourself.

I was RD today and we had 26, with 4 being first timers smile went very smoothly. Was clear and blimmin freezing! My mum had the kids so dh even joined us for post parkrun coffee while I processed results smile

We're having a Santa hat run next week and some is providing something for each junior running or volunteering smile

Knackerelli Sat 14-Dec-13 22:16:44

Yay, sounds like good runs all round! And I would literally kill for a 28:12 finish!! I had a slow one but hadn't run all week so really enjoyed just being outside and having the freedom to run. We also had a pre-Christmas celebration; running in a Santa hat is sweaty work!

thenightsky Sat 14-Dec-13 22:24:49

PB again. Knocked 5 seconds off last week's time. Happy with that.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 15-Dec-13 00:13:33

<screeches back on to thread>

Excellent running by all this week smile.

I had a bit of a slow start this morning, but gave myself a talking to after the first km and ended up with my fastest run since September, only 8 seconds away from my PB. I was seriously puffing and blowing by the end and overtaken by a couple of juniors on the last hill grin.

thenightsky Sun 15-Dec-13 00:20:41

I've remembered how important breathing is.

Back in the day I was a proper runner, winning trophies.

Today I got that old vibe back. Massively heavy breathing/panting whether it felt natural or not. Keep up the hyperventilating on the hills and the legs respond and go faster.

How did I forget this?

I did 6 miles today and my goodness it was hard! I hadn't eaten a lot and I gave blood Thursday so perhaps a few less rbc's? I still managed 9.38min miles but I felt awful afterwards, feeling great now though grin

I didnt even get under 30 this week, but I'm currently waiting for a GP call back as I've had a pain in my lower back since Thursday which has worsened, so that probaably wasnt helping my running.

I need to work on my breathing - any good books or articles to read?

I'm going for a PB this week, anyone else?

Blatherskite Wed 18-Dec-13 13:34:18

Not me. Calf is still not 100% and I might be running before parkrun too and I'm not sure I can PB 5k after running 5k!

There has been pressure for a while to change the start at MK as we're getting bigger and bigger (350+ runners most weeks) and there is an awful bottleneck near the start. I've been asked if I'd like to start at 8am and trial the new course which I think might be exciting. It's going to be a Freedom run so I may attempt the regular route at 9am just to get another official parkrun on my record but I doubt it'll be a quick one.

Weather's not great, my back muscles are still sore, and I'll be cheese-and-porting with my bestie the night a PB is unlikely I have to say!

thenightsky Wed 18-Dec-13 18:22:25

We just got told that our course has been 70 metres too long!!! There'll be a lot of PBs on Sunday now the course has been shortened.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Wed 18-Dec-13 19:01:48

That sounds fun Blathers. The time I came to your parkrun I arrived late so missed the bottleneck smile. I have recorded a couple of freedom runs but sadly they don't add to your total.

70 metres doesn't sound too far nightsky, but I bet it makes a difference smile

Hope you feel better soon Melanie - enjoy your Friday night with your bestie smile

I am off work for 3 weeks now grin so have no excuse for not running more than once a week. I would like a PB this week, as I was so close last week. Good luck with yours cinnamon!

SarahJessicaFarter Wed 18-Dec-13 19:11:29

I have just discovered PR. Love it. I have done three now. But missed the last 2 because I have been ill for ages! Just coughs and colds but I ran the last run with the tail end of a cold and felt naff for days. Anyway, excuses done, looking forward to training again and starting in the NY. Love it!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 18-Dec-13 19:33:15

I've not managed to run since last Thursday- everyone's just been too busy and now I'm full of a cold and the weather is horrific so I'm not going tonight either.

This is the longest that I've not run for since I started in September sad.
Hopefully I'll get out tomorrow but if not it'll be ages as I need to pack on Friday night then we're away for a week (somewhere where I'll be exercising but not running).

My next Parkrun isn't going to be until 2014!

karatekimmi Thu 19-Dec-13 16:56:17

I am volunteering on Saturday so no PB for me!! One more this year, although if the amount of food stored is anything to go by, it,ll be a slow one! one more work get up, and then I'm off for 2 weeks!

I was at out Christmas party last night and I am barely awake now! just waiting to put mini kimmi to bed and then I will follow him!!

Sounds interesting blatherskite, I'd probably be tempted to do both too!

How's your back now MelanieCheeks?

grin thenightsky.

Nice OhOneOhTwoOhThree, 3 WHOLE weeks!! Any news on your purse?

Hi SarahJessicaFarter!

Sorry your not feeling great IwishIwasmoreorganised, did you get out yesterday.

Yay for volunteering karatekimmi, hope it's not too chilly!

One of the original organisers of parkrun has an annual mince pie run, which is this Sunday and ranges from 2.5 to 6 miles followed by tea/coffee and mince pies and cake at his house. My normal doggy run on Monday and some people from the club want to run Christmas Eve so I'll be doing 4 days in a row including parkrun confused

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 20-Dec-13 14:48:16

No news cinnamon thanks for asking smile. I wasn't expecting any really. My knees have finally healed up, it's nice not to have scabby knees grin. Sounds like you have a busy weekend coming up!

Sending good running/volunteering vibes to all for tomorrow.

Standingonlego Fri 20-Dec-13 22:24:17

Evening all! Catching up after a week packed full of work hassles and Christmas festivities. PB quest? Hmmmm....I am still buzzing after my shiny new PB last week....but it would be nice to knock those naughty 3 seconds off to get sub 27 tomorrow...but I think it is a very tall order!!!

We have tea, coffee and mince pies after tomorrow so there is some incentive to move a little faster but not sure a week of late nights, G&Ts and dancing is the best prep wink

Enjoy tomorrow everyone, whether you are running, resting or volunteering. It is going to be a bit chilly i think

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 10:19:46

Morning grin

Two good things happened today smile.

I don't have the official time yet, but I think I SMASHED through the 28 minute barrier grin - I paced myself with a regular who is always faster than I am and though I wasn't wearing my watch hers said 27.45 grin grin

And a few weeks ago I dropped my bike lock key as I was leaving. I went back to look for it later but it was gone sad. Today it reappeared when I went to collect my bike afterwards smile. It deffo wasn't there when I parked my bike <spooky> I wish the Good Samaritan had come forward to give it to me in person so I could say thank you. I went to talk to the RD, but she couldn't shed any light on where it had come from.

Hope you all had good runs.

I was over 28 mins, legs like lead thanks to a cold sad so much for a PB!

Lovely though that everyone was wearing Santa hats and other costumes.

Standingonlego Sat 21-Dec-13 10:29:47

It must a morning for good things! As i was seriously flagging in our nasty course head wind a kind soul from the local running club appeared like magic and ran the last 1.5 km with me egging me on all the way and dragged a sprint finish out of me somehow - i could not even breath to say thank you until about 5 minutes later fgrin. I was so exhausted i forgot to ask him what our time was so have to wait for the text now!

rosy71 Sat 21-Dec-13 11:47:16

I was disappointed not to get a pb today sad There were absolutely loads of runners though; must be something to do with Christmas!

thenightsky Sat 21-Dec-13 14:03:13

Wooooow.... PB.... 24 seconds off my last one. Probably due to the new, 70 metre shorter course grin

Did everyone else find loads of runners turning up in fancy dress this morning? We had prizes for best costumes and every runner got a gold medal with a santa picture on. fsmile

Standingonlego Sat 21-Dec-13 14:20:37

well done nightsky fabulous result fsmile

We had little fancy dress, but they are doing a Christmas Day parkrun so think that is when the costumes will appear. a few Santa hats though fgrin

time in...27.04...a few seconds of pb of 27.02 and the elusive sub 27m...oh well there is always next week smile

Well done all!

Weather wasn't great here, and as I was faffing with MapMyRun it was trying to get me to upgrade, and I lost about 28 seconds at the start. But cam in at a respectable 29.04, a minute better than last week.

thenightsky Sat 21-Dec-13 15:38:15

Weather was great for us. Very little breeze, 11c and dry.

Well done everyone!

Was warmer than I thought which didn't help but was really windy!!!

Blatherskite Sat 21-Dec-13 17:24:13

I really struggled this morning. I may have had slightly too much to drink last night and had had less than 6 hours sleep too!

I managed the trial parkrun in under 30 minutes (bearing in mind my PB is just a little over 26 minutes!) and then opted to keep the tail runner company for the official parkrun. She's a friend so it would good to catch up and I got to not feel too bad about all but walking round.

I came home, had a shower and some food and then napped on the sofa. I feel like death warmed up but am still trying to talk myself out of entering a 20 mile run near OhOne. I've never run that far before (longest is 13.1 although I've not even done an official half marathon yet!) and am currently feeling unfit because of the lack of running I've done thanks to my calf injury. But - it's not until March and my calf is feeling a lot better so I could maybe build my way up to 20 miles by then....

karatekimmi Sat 21-Dec-13 17:41:11

mini kimmi and I had a great time marshalling. he had a good splash in all the pudles then sat quietly stuffing his face with croissant waving at the runners! I really enjoyed it, but cant wait to run next week. there are people running an unofficial one on Christmas day, but ill still be in my pj's at 9am!!

Well done everyone.

Blatherskite Sat 21-Dec-13 18:16:23

AFAIK the Christmas day and New Years day ones count towards your totals. It's the only time the rules are bent. It is even possible to do 2 runs on NYD as some start at 9am and some at 10:30!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 18:19:46

Well done runners!

I took 34 seconds off my PB. Gin, white wine and dry sherry (in that order) with DH's home-made curry are obviously the recipe for success grin

Hope your cold clears up cinnamon

Well done lego - so near and yet so far smile

Fabbie-doo nightsky

The crowds must have put you off rosy

Good improvement Melanie

Well done on your double parkrunning Blathers. I will come and cheer you on if you do the 20. It's certainly not on my list of races to run grin.

Glad you enjoyed your volunteering kimmi. Mini-kimmi sounds adorable!

Blatherskite Sat 21-Dec-13 18:31:08

Tell me how horrible it is OhOne. I need talking out of entering

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 19:30:23


Blathers, you need to kiss goodbye to your Sundays as you will be doing long training runs. They start at 6 miles - easy - but quickly ramp up to 10/12/14/16....

You need to run 4 or 5 times a week, in this dreadful weather...

If you are like me, you will need new trainers/socks/clothes/bras etc all of which cost a fortune...

You will have to cut down on going out and, if you drink wine at home you will end up having it on funny days of the week because you only have wine when you are not running the next day...

You are more likely to get injured because you are training so much...


You will be the fittest you have ever been, in a near constant cloud of endorphins smile. You can eat your own body weight in carbs and protein and not gain a pound. You will lose inches and tone up (not that you need to!) and feel a great sense of achievement when you have finished.

Does that help?

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 19:31:56

And it's only 2 miles after the wall, not 8.2 grin

thenightsky Sat 21-Dec-13 19:35:32

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Your post made me sad for my old running days, when I could do that sort of training sad

It's a FAB post though and sooooo true grin

These days I'm an old lady who gets arthritic pain at 30 mins.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 19:40:14

Awww, thank you nightsky.

We had lunch with a friend today who is training for a marathon and I was saying I couldn't imagine how I'd managed to do all my training - as they pointed out, it's all a matter of priorities. And it was a lot easier to get up at 6am and go running in June then it would be in January.

thenightsky Sat 21-Dec-13 19:43:10

'priorities' exactly! These days I 'can't' run coz I put anything in front of it... shopping, work, hangovers...

God woman, you are inspiring me!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 19:52:55

Good! Get inspired for the New Year smile

I need to match my words and inspire myself grin

Blatherskite Sat 21-Dec-13 20:10:42

OK -
Before I tore my calf, I was doing the long Sunday runs with the club anyway so I had already well and truly lost them. I've seen at least 3 members of one of my clubs signed up already and it's part of my other clubs training schedule for the Marathon in May so we'll all be doing it together which should make it easier.

I'm planning on doing Janathon so will be running every day for that month anyway. I did Juneathon too and struggled to stop once the month was over so if the same goes for Janathon, I'll be running a lot anyway

When I'm not in Christmas party season, I actually go out very little anyway so I have no social life to lose.

Losing inches and toning up is definitely something that I need to do and would love as a side effect. I've put on almost a stone this year and I'd love to lose it again.

I actually don't mind running in the cold.

It's not until March so I have over 2 months to train.


Buying more kit is always a pain

This calf tear has really dented my trust in my own body. I think because it came out of the blue and with no obvious reason, I feel a bit nervous about pushing it now.

I've never run more than 13.1 miles (I've not even done an official half yet!) and 7 miles is a lot of uncharted territory!

The run was cancelled last year because the weather was so awful and I'm not keen on running in the rain when it's cold. Especially for that long!

You don't even get a medal! It's a hoodie

thenightsky Sat 21-Dec-13 21:11:50

A hoodie is way better than a medal Blathers!

I got a long sleeve top for my half and although it's very useful and a nice momento, it's not a medal sad

Love how you put it OhOneOhTwoOhThree! I miss training for a half. Thinking of doing the Cambridge boundaries half but you finish half way round the full marathon and get a bus back so that puts me off slightly. That's not until march though which seems ages away!

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 21:47:09

cinnamon - if that's the same as the Cambridge half, it's sold out already, except for charity places (was looking earlier).

The MK half is the same day, which I'm thinking about grin. I think Blathers isn't running that because her DH got in first, but could be wrong smile

So, Blathers, sounds like there's not much to lose by entering? grin

It's 2nd march, doesn't look full, says 384 entrants so far.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 21:58:03

Oooh, it's a different one!

I'm not too far from there...

Shall we?

Blatherskite Sat 21-Dec-13 22:01:24

I'm considering asking my Mum if she can babysit so that I can run the half too! I did the 10k last year and really wanted to do the half this year so I was really upset when DH entered!

It's 9th March. There's a discount voucher code knocking about if you wanted to enter OhOne smile

The 20 mile run is the 23rd March. The half I'm entered into is the 18th April.

I almost did it now but you have to state whether you're getting bus back, a lift or running through the city so I should probably ask dh if he thinks he'll be able to give me a lift back. He works in Cambridge and on Sundays so that would be handy smile

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 21-Dec-13 22:12:36

Aaargh I'm torn! Both look fun grin.

cinammon what a handy DH you have!

You could manage 2 halfs in 2 weeks wink