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The Parkrun hill conquered again and exciting birthday pressie! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

I did parkrun at Ashton Court again today. A damp dreary cold morning - hey, perfect for running! πŸ‘

There were loads of first timers and I wondered how many knew exactly what they were in for! Watching the first timers’ briefing from afar I could see the Run Director gesturing upward towards the cottage which is the 1k mark. A brutal 1k, and it doesn’t end there - the path has a β€˜false summit’, flattens out a tad then there’s another steep bit. Even that isn’t the end of it, next there’s the gravel path, 90% of it uphill! Poor newbies, they all looked a bit pale. πŸ˜…

Anyway, it took an eternity to get running - us dog people being at the back had about 20 seconds to wait before going through the start, as was confirmed by my Garmin/MMR time vs the official result. I’ve grown used to that! πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•

Anyway, I had nearly negative splits again! It was a faster 5k time than during my 6k run on Tuesday, so I was pleased with that. πŸ˜€ Unless I crawl on my hands and knees for the first km, I’ll never achieve fully negative splits with that hill, so I’ll be content with what I did today! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

I’ve also moved up an age category this week and for my birthday my hubby has booked me an all bells and whistles gait analysis at a running lab on Feb 5th. It lasts 60 minutes and they do all sorts. πŸ˜… I’ll be cream crackered! Maybe I’ll wear my Garmin and treat it as a β€˜run’ πŸ€”πŸ€”

Anyway, I now have that lovely fatigued leg feeling and I’m doing very little this afternoon which is just my kind of day! ❀️

Happy running you fab bunch of VRBs. πŸ˜€

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Congratulations and happy birthday when it comes, yes I feel sorry for those first timers with those hills that are at the start of the 5K.

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Thanks AlMorr, birthday was on Wednesday. There were certainly more walkers than usual this morning! πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

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Fantastic Cheeky!! 😁😁! I made it Parkrun today too!! Wet and slow but I loved it! I’m not chilling out a bit this afternoon satisfied, after a bit of a up and down week. Well done you!! πŸ€—β€οΈ

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Thanks Fab, it was fun. πŸ˜€

I’m glad you made it to parkrun too and found a parking space this week. I do love Saturday mornings nowadays!

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Yes finally!! I did forget my headphones, but it wouldn’t be Parkrun without imperfections!! πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ‘πŸ½β€οΈ

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Hahaha you’re right! Today I wore an annoying top and my finish token wouldn’t scan! πŸ˜…

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It’s always an adventure!! But we’re in the mix!! πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ€£πŸ€£β€οΈ

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Well done Cheeky and belated happy birthday πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‚ Great time and your final km time was amazing πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ No parkrun for me this week as I had an ophthalmology appointment this morning. That does mean though that I can have a nice Sunday run. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Thanks Sandie, it’s amazing what the lure of the finish funnel can do! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Hope you enjoy your run tomorrow. πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

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Happy birthday cheekychipmunks and what a good run you had. Yes negative splits are only possible on a flat run, unless the hill is in the 1st km.

It’s funny I didn’t see any pushchairs or dogs today but UTS says they were there. They obviously didn’t start at the back and overtake me like our parkrun. In fact I didn’t see any in the runners running in the opposite direction- I’m usually so observant but maybe I was in the zone 🀣🀣

We were saying today that it’s good to get out early to do Parkrun but by the time we’ve had breakfast, showered , slumped on the sofa and looked at the stats, the day can be gone! It’s a great feeling though

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ

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I’m always in awe of people who push buggies - there was a lady at Eastville a couple of weeks ago with a double buggy plus a tiny baby in a front sling. Of course she flew past me too! πŸ™„πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜…

And yes this forum doesn’t half take up my time! My phone alerts me whenever anyone I follow posts, so I’m always having a nose and/or posting myself! And as for stats ...... well my Garmin has a lot to answer for. More time wasting opportunities! πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Saturdays fly by! 🀣

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I had to force myself to reduce Apple time in December else Christmas wouldn’t have happened. 🀣🀣

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🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

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Brilliant run CC , great splits and belated Happy Birthday. Can’t wait to hear more about your gait analysis. It sounds very thorough to last an hour.

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Thank you Wimborne. I’m very excited about the gait analysis - and a little nervous. They’ll probably expect an elite athlete to come through their door. No, that would be me, sorry guys! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Well done Cheeky - hope the gait analysis is helpful and spurs you on to faster still!

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Thanks Jonathan, I’m hoping they’ll give me turbo trainers to transport me up the hills effortlessly! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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good park run

Happy belated birthday X

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Thanks Deals! I’m volunteering next week as we’re out for dinner on Friday and I know I’ll have a few glasses of 🍷 πŸ˜€

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Belated birthday greetings to you! πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰ Enjoy your lovely fatigued leg feeling, all content, so good. Well done on your run! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

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Oh yes I will thanks 61. πŸ˜€ I love it, I feel righteous! πŸ˜‡ πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

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Happy birthday Cheeky, πŸŽ‚ and what an exciting birthday present! I can't wait to hear all about it.

Your negative splits are becoming a habit! You'll have to find a flat parkrun to see if you can nail the 2k split as well. It's all good!

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Thanks TC. I met a friend at Ashton Court this morning and she’s planning on going to Burnham which is a flat seafront parkrun. Might need to give that a whirl!

I know I’ll be nervous before the gait analysis. Hope I don’t make a fool of myself, but it does sound interesting. πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Oh, Burnham would be lovely .... breezy, but lovely. I haven't been there in years. My dad lives in Weston, so that's our seaside of choice!

And I'm sure they'll put you at ease for the gait analysis - I just can't imagine what they'll be doing with you for a whole hour!πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί

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Oh lovely, I haven’t been to Burnham for years, but my mum is in a care home in Weston to I go there often. My dog loves the beach! πŸ•β€οΈπŸ–

I have no clue about the gait analysis either. I know they film every conceivable angle of your running gait and analyse it in depth. It should be really interesting. πŸ˜€

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Ooh that running lab sounds interesting, you must post a full report πŸ™‚ And very well done on the run.

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I will IP, I’m intrigued. πŸ˜€ Thank you, I enjoyed my run today. πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Well done on what sounds a great run

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Thanks Chris! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

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Lovely run and time again Cheeky and Happy Birthday for last week. Looking forward to reading about your gait analysis. What a fab present 😍

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Thanks Lexi, I enjoyed that run again. πŸ˜€

My husband asked what I’d like for my birthday and I casually mentioned I could do with some better running shoes - and that’s what he arranged! A fabulous present! ❀️

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Happy birthday for last Wednesday πŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸŽπŸŽŠπŸŽˆ and that is such a satisfying feeling when your legs are tired from a good run isn’t it 😊 enjoy your gait analysis πŸ˜ƒ

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Thanks Bridget! Yes, it’s a wonderful feeling. It’s a lovely reminder that we’ve worked hard. πŸ’ͺπŸ˜€

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🎡 Hippo birdie 2 ewes🎡 Hippo birdie 2 ewes

🎢 Hippo birdie deer chipmunks

🎡 πŸ¦› πŸ¦… πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Sorry I couldn’t get a πŸ• to fit in this tune as I know you like them.

Baddie

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Hahaha Baddie, thank you! I remember singing that when I was at school and there also used to be a fabulous birthday card with those words on! And yes, dog doesn’t fit does it!? πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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A song including a dog for you:

(I can only think of one)

πŸ‘ must have that 🐢 in the window (oh, no pic of a window available)

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Thanks Baddie! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Great work on the hills cheeky 😁

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Thanks CH, getting there by degrees .... πŸ’ͺ

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πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

Belated happy birthday Cheeky.

I won't ask😊

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Thanks Jell. Oh I don’t mind - I’ll give you a clue, I was in the SW50-54 age category last week and now I’m not! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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That's a pretty good clue🀣🀩

Prime of life, I've got 9 months (ish) on you, but never been this fit!

Perhaps not after next week l, which will be week 5 of the BridgeπŸ˜–

Happy birthday again. Mine last a week 😚

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Me neither. I’ve always been active, I rode horses for years and worked with them too which is very physical, but running has brought a whole new level of fitness which I never realised I had! It’s helped me in all walks of life and it’s fabulous. Walks I did with my dog are now effortless - some are pretty hilly - and I’m physically stronger too. πŸ’ͺ Isn’t it great? πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Fab cheeky, just fab. Belated birthday wishes too πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸŽ‚. Great pressie off the hubster too, you lucky lady!!. We’ve had delay our trip to Oz as we will be moving on the 8th Feb. Will have to find new running routes!! πŸ‘πŸ»

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Thanks OL! Yes he did good! β€οΈπŸ‘

I hope your move goes smoothly. 🀞 Always a stressful time. How exciting finding new routes though. Are you already familiar with the area? Good luck! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Know the area, but not it’s running routes. It’s semi rural, so should be fun πŸ˜‰

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Well done CCM! It sounds like a tough park run.

Happy birthday for sometime soon!

What a great present your husband has given you - you must report back on here what it is like. I am thinking about gait analysis and weighing it up against another pair of decathlon trainers. The ones I have are meant to be for beginning running and/or one run. week and I am doing a bit more than that.

A full hour of analysis sounds like you will learn a lot about your running style, hope you have fun as well!

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Thanks SSF, it is a tricky parkrun but very rewarding. It’s ranked 495 out of 512 in terms of elevation but if I can do it, it’s certainly doable!

My Asics Patriot 7s are fabulous trainers, but like yours I don’t think they’re designed to go miles and miles. Mine have taken me happily from W2 of C25K and have covered many miles now, and whereas they’re still comfy I do wonder how much supportive life they have left. Who knows, they may go on longer - I’m sure to find out! Can’t wait for the gait analysis - more running info for me to pore over as they give you your videos too I think! πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Oh that will be an experience, watching yourself run on video!!

My trainers started c25k back in July. I will be sad to see them go, but I got another pair in the sale to wear as casual shoes, and the difference between the two is amazing.

I will have to look up the table of steep park runs! although I have only done one so far.

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jegmar.com/stats-hq/fastest...

If I’ve done it correctly, here’s the link to the parkrun elevation guide! Both of the ones I do are in the 400’s (Eastville and Ashton Court). πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Sounds like you had a good one, well done!

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Thanks Jundal, I did! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ‘

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Happy birthday! I'm impressed with your persistance at Ashton Court - only been once (not parkrun) but remember the hill. Enjoy your super birthday present experience - looking forward to hearing about it!

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That’s weird Slinky, I replied to your message I know I did! So where is it? πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Anyway, in case it’s in the ether somewhere, thank you! I love the Ashton Court parkrun even though it’s a toughie for the first half at least - the reward at the top is immense! πŸ’ͺβ€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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And yes, I’ll definitely report back about the gait analysis. Nerve-wracking, almost as much as my first parkrun and 10k attempt! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Happy happy Birthday beautiful lady! πŸ’›πŸŒ»πŸ₯‚πŸ°πŸŽˆ Amazing run!... you always tackle those hills with such determination! πŸ€©πŸ™Œ

Enjoy your rest day today! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ

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Thank you Dreams! ❀️ I’m a bit of a glutton for punishment I guess, but I’m enjoying the challenge and I’m hoping my persistence will make the hills easier! 🀞

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If you are enjoying the challenge Cheeky... that says it all! πŸ’›πŸ‘Œ

Go you! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ™Œ

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Ooh extended gait analysis, that sounds intriguing Cheeky, I hope you tell us all about it. Happy birthday for the day.

We had a tourist from Ashton Court at our Parkrun yesterday, I was quite keen on the idea of touristing there until I read your post πŸ˜‚ No wonder she was enthusing about the flatness of York!!!

Great run Cheeky, have a good week πŸ€—

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Thanks TC! Birthday was mid week otherwise I’d have taken treats along to parkrun - lots of people seem to do that. πŸ˜€

Yes the gait analysis will be intriguing and I’ll be sure to report back! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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And by the way TC, if I can do Ashton Court anyone can! Yes the hill is long and pretty steep in places, but the reward at the top makes it worth the pain. If you fancy it one day, let me know! πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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Will do Cheeky! We’re always up for a challenge πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒ

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Hey cheeky, hope you had a fab birthday. Great pressie from your husband too, he's certainly found something suitable this year.... But if they recommend bespoke etc. has he included this too? πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ˜†

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Hi Wiggy, thanks! Yes he did well didn’t he? He likes me running as it’s a darned sight cheaper than keeping horses which is what I did until 2 years ago! πŸ˜…

And yes, he’s agreed to buy me whichever runners are recommended, so it’s a win-win for me! πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Ah-ha.... I need to get a really expensive hobby that I can drop.... Learning all the time πŸŽ“... Thanks cheeky, hope it goes well πŸ˜‰

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