And so it begins...W1R1 / Parkrun ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž - Bridge to 10K

Bridge to 10K
11,843 members โ€ข 15,585 posts

And so it begins...W1R1 / Parkrun ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10
โ€ข26 Replies

Iโ€™ve started! Jujuโ€™s Magic 10k plan - W1R1 - was my 3rd Parkrun at Birkenhead this morning. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ

Set off wondering what was going to happen, with a niggling right knee, tweaked right hip and twinging right lower back... Thankfully all these things werenโ€™t related to running, and didnโ€™t seem to mind me trying to run 5k. The very late, very large anniversary dinner we ate out last night was more of an issue though - so no food 2 hrs before today, and not much sleep but plenty of antacids last night! Perfect preparation then...๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Surprisingly, despite feeling I was struggling more today, I still ended up with another PB, and came in at 28min 27sec. We were talking about the power of running as a group, and I really think it does make me go faster. I love that loads of the volunteers along the course at Birkenhead bring bells / tambourines (and last week even drums!) to encourage us along if weโ€™re flagging!

Just after getting home, the postman delivered my C25k graduation present - my graduation Tshirt! Will be wearing this proudly as my club T-shirt next week! (You canโ€™t really read it in the photo, but it even says nhs.uk under the logo - so itโ€™s just for our NHS version of C25k too.)

PS I donโ€™t really have a double chin, but my husband refused to get up off the couch to take the picture. (I canโ€™t be too rude about him sitting on any couch, though, as he just ran todayโ€™s Parkrun in about 22mins...Iโ€™m realising heโ€™s always going to come in about 6 mins faster than me however many PBs we both get!)

Glad to see everyone else doing Parkruns today seems to have had fun too! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž

26 Replies
oldest โ€ข newest
pianoteacher
pianoteacherGraduate10

Well done mountaindreamer! Excellent PB :-)

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to pianoteacher

Thanks pianoteacher! I know itโ€™s not about the time, but Parkrun brings out my competitive streak even if Iโ€™m only competing with me! ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

pianoteacher
pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

There's nothing wrong with that! I'm exactly the same - in fact our PB's are about the same. Mine's 28:19 set a few weeks ago. I run it with my son most weeks and he's a bit slower at the mo but next time I do it on my own I'll be aiming to go sub27:30. Not sure if I'll manage it but there's no harm in trying! x

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to pianoteacher

Always good to have an aim! Have to admit Iโ€™m already wondering if 27mins something is a possibility once Iโ€™ve been running longer. My pace always slows down later into the race at the moment, as I just donโ€™t have the stamina to maintain it. I plan to keep running Parkruns as my weekly 5k Run during Jujuโ€™s 10k plan, so will get plenty of practise! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

pianoteacher
pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

I'm sure you will be able to do it. I've joined a running club and go on a 10k run with them each week. The first time the last 1500-2000m was awful but each time it's got a bit easier. Going to do some track training with them over the summer holidays to see if that will help too. Good luck xx

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10

Lovely pic and wow what a fantastic time, well done mountaindreamer!! Please tell me how to shave 10 mins off my 5k ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to Lorijay

Thanks, Lorijay...I watch my husband bounding off into the distance and wonder the same thing. Weโ€™re all different, and Iโ€™ve just been lucky enough to seem to have a natural pace which is sub 30mins so far for Parkruns. (I can sometimes be a lot slower running on my own.)

Iโ€™m not sure if it helps or not, but since starting C25k Iโ€™ve been deliberately trying to take short, quick, light steps. Mainly to avoid impact on my temperamental spine, but also bizarrely because more arm movement makes my pacemakers give me a higher pulserate! So short steps with faster moving arms gets me more oxygen!๐Ÿ˜Š

I do less well for a pulse if striding out to run faster intervals, so the way most people try to boost their speed is possibly not going to work well for me... Similarly, running up hills isnโ€™t going to workout as great for me, so once I try tackling hillier terrain Iโ€™ll probably be staggering. Thankfully our Parkrun is pretty flat.

Iโ€™m expecting to slow down a lot to up distance now. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Thanks md. Really interesting. Im going to focus on 5k speed once i successfully complete juju's 10k plan 4 weeks left to go! Good luck with 10k, you'll be great ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Well Done mountaindreamer. That is an amazing run after an anniversary dinner. I love the t-shirt. Iโ€™d really like to promote the c25k programme so can you tell me how to get one too. Thanks

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Eileen. โค๏ธ There are a number of different Tshirts colours, or a pin badge if you want something more subtle. ๐Ÿ˜Š Hereโ€™s the link...

completerunner-online.com/s...

lexi6
lexi6Graduate10

What a fantastic time, Iโ€™m in awe of you ๐Ÿš€ your park run volunteers sound fantastic too. Keep posting please about your bridge to 10k runs. ๐Ÿ‘

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to lexi6

Thanks Lexi6. Donโ€™t want to bore people silly with all my run attempts now Iโ€™ve got a proper plan again! Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll be on here nattering on about some of them though. Hope your recent runs arenโ€™t as chilly. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ

lexi6
lexi6Graduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Love hearing about everyoneโ€™s runs, keeps me going as still cold here but have just decided to get on with it and do the best I can, was going to do a park run yesterday, but we just had torrential downpours all day, but bonus today is sunny, but very windy, but breakfast done, so am off now. Happy running to you. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate10

Well done Mountaindreamer! Thats a super fast speed! Chasing your husband down must be good for your times ๐Ÿ˜‰ good luck with your 10k journey...am sure you'll do great!

Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate10

Great time mountaindreamer and I am sure you will cruise through the 10k plan, interesting info re short strides and arm movements, I have found that if I can keep ny arms going back and forwards instead of coming across my bidy a bit it does drive me forward, only trouble is my legs can't keep up at the moment! Great t shirt too

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to Berksrover

Thanks Steve! I try to move my arms forwards and back too (just how Laura taught us to!) instead of across my body, as it really does help propel you forwards. All I mean about more arm movement is that you pump your arms up and down at a faster rate in time with the shorter strides. I donโ€™t want people thinking everyone gets a higher pulse doing that, though, itโ€™s only relevant for my pacemaker! No idea whether the arms help my speed or not.

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Not sure if it's true but my mushy brain says that my arms act an an accelerator. They can move a lot faster than my legs. And my legs will always follow my arms. So pumping with my arms, especially going uphill, works wonders... ๐Ÿ˜

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10

Well done, and the t-shirt looks fab. I'm still searching for the double chin! As for your husband's superior speed, they have larger hearts and lungs than us, which why we get lower VO@ Max than them. but you were extremely fast anyway!

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Thanks FlickM3! Yeah...I think the fact he was naturally a good / fast runner at school helps too...๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

Well done on the PB mountaindreamer! Youโ€™ve inspired me and Iโ€™ve bought one of those T shirts which hopefully will arrive in time for me to be wearing it at the next Parkrun.

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

I liked the idea of a club T-shirt, Brian. All the posh running club members have snazzy vests with their club name on, so why shouldnโ€™t we all fly the flag for C25k! I was a bit disappointed to find I was the only one stating NHS C25k as their club on the results page for our Parkrun.

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Do you have to be working in the NHS to be in the NHS couch to 5k club? Iโ€™d like to join. There doesnโ€™t seem to be a generic C25K club.๐Ÿ™

Crittermad
Crittermad in reply to BrianUK

The โ€˜one you c25kโ€™ app is the nhs one - you donโ€™t have to work for the nhs

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

As Crittermad says, it just means we used the NHS C25k programme from their app or podcasts (off the nhs website), not that we work for the NHS. Iโ€™m sure the Tshirt is as good for any C25kers, but as many of us in this forum were following the nhs version, I liked that the Tshirt mentioned the nhs website.

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10

Well done, hon!! No wonder you look super cheery in that very stylish little blue number. Hugz!! โคโค

mountaindreamer
mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

Thanks - just need to get that 5.5k done tomorrow morning, then Iโ€™m properly on my way! ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ

You may also like...