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Parkrunners unite!

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

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

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

So park runners, where are you?

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

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

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

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

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

The book is by Caitlin Moran

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

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

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

Yay avon you never regret going for a run! smile

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

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

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

Oh and dfyb!

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

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

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

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

I've lost my running mojo!!

Need it back pronto

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haha now I've got it grin thanks eau

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

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

has everyone got their barcodes laminated?

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

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

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

MelanieCheeks Mon 29-Jul-13 15:00:23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MelanieCheeks Tue 30-Jul-13 07:07:21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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