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Another week, another Keswick Parkrun

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Really pleased with today's Parkrun. Instead of trying to do 5K every run, I am saving that just for Saturday. Tuesday was bad, only managed 3.6K and 26 minutes, felt terrible, Thursday was better, although my wife had to push me out the door, and I did 4K in 30 minutes. The route matters, but more than that my recovery from Sunday (my one day at work) seems to take longer now.

The weather was perfect, cool and sunny, we had a good crowd, perhaps 250 runners. The official numbers aren't in yet but my watch says 35.03 minutes for the 5K which is just shy of 7mins/Km!!!! Pretty sure it will be a new PB. Strava certainly thinks so.

I really pushed for the last K, and got my heart up to 177 at the line. Gentle walk back to the car, about 5 minutes, and heart back down to 74.

Seems to me if I ran at the rate where my heart was going at about 120, I could run a lot further. I may try that sometime next week.

I hope all your runs went well today, 😍

EDIT: with the official results now in it looks like I was 48th (Age Graded) out of the 224 runners. If you are at all competitive Age Grading is the way to look at it.

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Lorijay profile image

Well OF, you must be pleased with that time. I have just started intervals and hoping to get to that sort of time over the next couple of weeks with a long term goal and I mean long long term, of 30 min 5k. You are doing great! 😊😊

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theoldfellow in reply to Lorijay

Cutting 5 minutes off my time seems like climbing Everest to me. But then in March I was sitting on my bum wondering if I'd survive to Christmas, or if I wanted to. I remember giving up C25K run 1 having done exactly 1 60 second interval...

RunBrianRun profile image

Well I think that’s a very decent pace. I reckon it must be close to a PB then πŸ˜€ πŸ‘

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theoldfellow in reply to RunBrianRun

It was. I'm amazed, that's 4 parkruns and 4 PBs..... Habit forming I hope!

mountaindreamer profile image

Well done theoldfellow !! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ƒ

And that sounds like a great pulserate recovery rate after you stopped pushing yourself! 😊❀️

Dexy5 profile image

Well done OF. I think the cooler weather is helping a lot of us , but a PB every week shows some good improvement. I’m not doing 5k for every run yet either but that is my new target. Maybe 2 slow ones and then go for it more on parkrun.

southlundon profile image

Well done Old! πŸ˜€ Those midweek training runs must be helping too - even though you didn’t enjoy Tuesday’s run!

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theoldfellow in reply to southlundon

It's just unrealistic expectations, I think. Too many years of sitting down to wear away.

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southlundon in reply to theoldfellow

Well you have a lot to be thankful for when you’re at work tomorrow ☺️

over61andstilltrying profile image

Well done you! PB every time is seriously encouraging! Excellent! Not quite sure what 48th (Age Graded) means, but if you are happy that's good. I took part in my first Parkrun today and so pleased that I did. All the best for your next runs! πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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theoldfellow in reply to over61andstilltrying

Parkrun uses a system of Age Grading based on the ratio of your time for 5K to the world record time for 5K of your age band. This means I can compare my 69 year old performance against everyone else. We all know the 20 somethings will win, but some of us aren't 20 any more.

And thanks for your support and good wishes. I'm glad you enjoyed your Parkrun, well done!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to theoldfellow

The Markeaton Parkrun results were sent to me and the age grade thingy came as a percentage, not a position like the 48th you mentioned. Was it perhaps 48%? Still lots to learn for me.

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theoldfellow in reply to over61andstilltrying

If you look at the top of the Parkrun results page, you'll see you can click a column, and get the results in order of that column. Basically you can get the results in order of Age Graded Percentage. Then you can count...

My 49% was 48th at Keswick. Unless I got it all wrong...

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to theoldfellow

Thanks! I'll have a closer look and see what I can discover.

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