Hilly Parkrun

There's a theme here! Yes, I'm trying to get used to hills!

I did my 4th different Parkrun in 4 weeks. This one I'd been avoiding so far as I knew it was hilly (having cycled there in the past) but, nothing ventured....

Anyway, it was fine. It's a lovely woodland course. A lot of people (apart from the elites out in front) were walking the uphill sections so I didn't feel too wimpy ๐Ÿ˜„

My time wasn't great, much slower than my PB, but I didn't care. I did it! This week I'll try to increase my longer run to more than 7.5k. I think I just might enter for that 'undulating' 10k in 2 weeks' time ๐Ÿ˜„

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  • Well done - love it when a plan comes together! Good luck!๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks for the support Sandra! ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Fantastic, well done you! Have you entered the race yet?

  • No, but I'm planning to do it today! Thanks for the encouragement ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Wow, good for you at tackling a hilly Parkrun! I share your dislike of hills. My favourite places to run are along a disused railway track (flat), along the sea front (flat) and by the side of a canal (also flat). However, I'm due to run in a race which includes a whole 2km stretch of uphill running. I've done a bit of interval training on slopes which is helping - run hard for a minute up hill, then walk down for a minute, and repeat 8 or 10 times. Might be worth a try during a mid-week run?

  • Thanks, might give that a try. Need to find an out-of-the-way hill where not too many people will see me looking daft! ๐Ÿ˜„

  • There's a steep residential road near us, that goes up 30m over 1km. I've resigned myself to looking absolutely ridiculous (bright red, sweaty, struggling for breath) to every passing pedestrian, homeowner or builder I pass. They must think I'm absolutely mad when I run up, walk down, and then do it all over again.

  • If we are ever on holiday near the sea, lochs, lakes or canals I have to fit a run in.

    Whitby the week after next, the promenade calls....

    Lanzarote in October, the promenade calls.....

  • It feels better to stop and walk when everyone else is doing the same too :) And it goes to show how different parkruns are to each other. You sound very well prepared now. I say press that signup button. You're definitely ready :)

  • Thanks Ruth, I'll do it today. I'll try to get to 8.5 or 9k this week ๐Ÿ˜„. I've run 17.5k in total this week so I'm not breaking the 10% rule.

  • It's all coming together nicely :) one tip though - I find it very difficult to run a 9k. It feels like such a shame when one more km could make it a nice round 10. If you manage to stop at 9 I'll be extra impressed :)

  • Yes, most of us walked up the muddy hilly bit yesterday. Safety before speed, I think.

  • Walking up the uphill sections is totally fine, as is running up them at the same speed as someone else is walking them - as I did a couple of weeks ago at a Parkrun in Nottingham ๐Ÿ˜€

    Good luck with your 10k

  • Some nice hilly Parkruns to choose from in Nottingham. I used to think Sherwood Pines was hilly until I went to Bestwood Country park. !! Some flat PB specials too Rother valley and Long eaton . Love them all.

  • Heee! Bestwood is where I ran ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Well next time you visit your friend in Marple you could try Lyme Park. We walked the course once and for future info (in case I ever run it) I recorded it as a Freedom Run. We took 1.07.08. I think we would normally walk it faster than that but we were both recovering from colds and coughs.

    Alternatively, join me at Marple parkrun. Only two small ups, although they seemed a lot higher and steeper a year ago :)

  • Message for skyesue16 and Ruth_canal_runner - I tried to enter the aforementioned 10k race this afternoon and it was full - oh no I'd left it too late while I tested myself out on some hills! However, I then found a link to another fairly local 10k on the same day and this one sounds really good! It's also described as 'undulating' but I think I can probably cope with that, allowing for some walking ๐Ÿ˜„ And entries were still open for that one, so I've booked myself in ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Brilliant, well done for entering - you will manage the 'undulating' route no problem! What about it 'sounds good'?

  • It's in the grounds of Highclere Castle ๐Ÿ˜„

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