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Park Run Comedy of Errors

Set off in the car this morning feeling good and positive about knocking some time off my 2nd parkrun. Arrived, parked the car, dropped my inhaler under the seat, whilst fiddling around trying to find it ended up with cuts to hand and wrist, tissue wrapped around to catch the blood( not deep cuts more little gauges), inhaler in other hand. Off to warm up, that went well.

Go to the start line with my strategy of start slow to get through my toxic 5mins and then try to lift the pace gently from there, well no, 3 mins into the run lungs said NO! had to stop, leaning against tree couple of puffs on inhaler, waited while everything settled and set off again, very slow.

Wind was bloody horrible, wasn't enjoying the run at all, gremlins were having a field day and all but a coup d'état, little bas****s!

1.8 into the run (term used very loosely) lungs again rebelled and out with puffer again, thinking shall we just call it a day, and have record of DNF. Well no couldn't live with that, just started again cap then blew off so I had to turn back and run after that, happened twice before I decided to just hold the dam thing, (slow learner).

Anyway trundled on feeling blah, meh and all that stuff, came upon a lovely Marshall who kindly said "last bit, nearly there".

So happy to run through the finish funnel/tunnel, inhaler out again, calves felt like they were in the jaws of a great white, what a sorry state!

Sat in the car before driving home, shaking my head and grinning from ear to ear, what a morning, nothing pleasant or enjoyable about that experience but I did my 5k, no pb, official time 39:02, lived to tell the tale and still smiling. Got to be good for you!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and more enjoyable runs than that one :) :)

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Wow what a morning! But very well done Lori. The wind was a bitch this morning. 😫 x

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Yep Rip, it really was a sh** morning and I HATE the wind with a passion.

Have you been running this morning? :)

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Yes was out at 6.30 and fought the wind the whole way. Awful run/battle!

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Well done for keeping going Lorijay. 🏃‍♀️👏. You still did it and that is what’s important. That wind certainly made a difference today - my post will follow.....

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Thanks Dexy. So glad to have that one behind me!! :) :) Looking forward to your post.

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Well done for even starting in the face of all that. And well done for fighting the gremlins and pushing through to the end.

Easy runs are easy. Hard runs teach you x

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Thanks Jay, the only thing I could salvage from that run was to finish it. :) :)

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Well done for carrying on! The wind was very windy this morning and I bet it didn’t once blow with you just against you! How does that happen? Even when you change direction!

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You are 100% correct Bridget, every time I changed direction the wind did. I was pleading for just a little help but not to be..lol.. :) :)

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Ooh well done you though for keeping going. It is really wild isn’t it? I woke up this morning to no electric. Storm had tripped the switch so luckily I just had to flip it back up.

Just about to battle into town against the wind for my daily strengthening walk. At least it’s stopped raining here now and the sun is out again but still really wild.

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Thanks Lou, yes not one of my most enjoyable running experiences though probably memorable. I have always hated the wind and today did nothing to alter that view😡 How are doing?

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He he well done for keeping going! And I thought my ParkRun was bad today! Keep running 🏃🏾‍♀️👌🏽

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Thanks Tash. How did your PR go?

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It was a toughie! Not sure why! One of those runs. I’m thinking of doing ParkRun tourism next week and going to Fountains Abbey. Random. Why not?

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Maybe just rubbish runs all round. I was thinking about that this afternoon, going to different one next week, worried today might shadow my initial enthusiasm for PRs 🤔

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Me too! But I’ve loved most of my others. Was overdue a bad run. Are you down south? I’ve really enjoyed it when I’ve branched out.

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Birmingham, West Mids. 😀

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I wish we all lived close together.

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Same Tash!! Would be so good 😀

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I think we should all arrange some kind of mid point ParkRun meet up

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Most definitely, I would be a definite starter for that!!

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We need an organiser. I vote Jay66UK 🤔😂

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I second that as he can do all the logistics on a spreadsheet 🤣🤣

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Exactly! 😂 I think it’d have to be Peterborough or somewhere 🤔

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Maybe Tash we should find a central park run and post on the forum with an open invitation??

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Hmmm are you taking the lead here Lorijay? 😂

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I am rubbish at organising people!

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Would be fun though, no?

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In the “I get social anxiety but love meeting people” sense of fun, yes 🤣

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We will all be a little anxious but still supportive and caring of each other.

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There was also a brief discussion of a non-running get together somewhere central. London seemed most likely.

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That’s not central is it? That’s bloody nearly France 😂

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I’m afraid I’m not the right person to organise something. But I would try to come along.

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Definitely wouldn't be the same without you :) ;)

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Set a date and I’ll try. I know I can’t do 22nd Sept due to a work commitment.

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Oh well done on finishing and a great post too. Really felt for you. I ran a circular course today so I got the benefit of the wind behind me to balance it all out 😀

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Thanks Brian. Glad you had a good run, I would have killed for the wind behind me even for a km or two. Feeling a bit worse for wear this evening so just a quiet day tomorrow 😀

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Good on you for finishing despite everything conspiring against you! And the grin from ear to ear; I find the hardest runs earn the biggest smiles (and biggest sense of accomplishment) once you actually finish them.

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Thanks Sask. Yes the finishing earned the smile but have to admit to feeling physically wrung out now. Rest day tomorrow 😴

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That’s a great idea!

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Well done for completing it Lorijay! The wind and asthma really are a horrible combination x

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Thanks PT, usually only get exercise induced asthma so was a bit taken back today considering I had just started. Think I might reconsider running in strong winds 😲

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You have no idea how comforting it was to read this! Thank you!

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You are so welcome Equi !! If anything good can come out of that experience it's a bonus 😀😀 Not a good day? No need to answer if you don't want 🤐

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Oh it was fine really and lots of positives, including meeting a lovely runner in person that I had met on C25K forum - just not great from a performance point of view, but I think I know why. Lack of sleep and not done any swimming this week for aerobic fitness. Not like me to feel puffed out. It’s normally my knees or quads that limit me 🤣 live and learn!

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Oh good, yes all something to learn. Must be so nice to meet someone from the forum. Just been talking to Tash about that 😀

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Well done for persevering! It made me smile, feeling pants due to finally being defeated by the heat. I hope your next park run is less ‘eventful’ 😉

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Thanks Maybe. So do I!! Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather :) :)

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Oh dear Lori! Well done for persevering when it seemed everything was against you! 🤗

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Thanks Saartjie, one run hopefully not to be repeated :) :)

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