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Grinning like an ape and punching the air driving home ...... πŸ˜…

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
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I did it. I ran a sub 35 minute parkrun! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Garmin says 34.36 over 5.04k, so chuffed to pieces doesn’t cut it. I’m absolutely over the moon. πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ I’ve slashed 2 whole minutes off my previous PB and I was literally driving home with a ridiculous grin plastered all over my face - and I really did punch the air at the traffic lights. πŸ˜… Bonkers lone middle aged woman alert! πŸ˜€

Not ideal prep either, having gone out for a pub supper (Cajun chicken burger and fries - luscious) and 4 G&Ts ..... hey, maybe that’s my secret!

Another thing which helped was running with the same lady and dog who I ran with when I did my previous PB. Her dog likes mine and she calms him down. Mutually beneficial as his owner speeds me up! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Anyway, I’m still overly excited and whoever I speak to today is going to get very bored! Hopefully you, my VRBs, understand! ❀️

I hope you’ve all had/will have fantastic runs this weekend too. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘ŠπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Very well done cheekychipmunks, that is brilliant!!! You know we don’t get bored by PBs and happy runs.

I must say your course looks very complicated compared to our out and back.

We went to Lakeside and met up with the lovely JonathanP this morning.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy! It looks more complicated than it is really. I love it - plenty of challenges with 2 shorter hills and 1 long one, but there’s some downhill and flat too. πŸ˜€

Glad you had a good parkrun too. Nice you get to see VRBs at yours. Looking forward to 2 weeks today! I’m wondering whether to bring my dog - I’ll check to see if they’re allowed and decide nearer the time. Isn’t it exciting? πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Dogs are allowed there cheeky but I don’t know how much room there is on the paths. Just bear in mind that there could be a thousand runners . We have half that amount in Southsea! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Good point Dexy. We have about 500 runners in Bristol and we thin out fairly quickly after the start, so it’s not an issue. Hmmm, don’t know then. I’ll look on YouTube as they often have time lapse videos of the whole course for certain parkruns.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

I looked at the website and on the front page it describes doing the lower part of the course first, then the upper common. But if you click on the course map it shows you do the upper part of the common first and then the lower. Hey ho!

Whichever way it’s done, there will be runners in both directions at various stages.

You could always go on their Facebook page and ask opinions of those in the know. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•

Congratulations! Fantastic! PBs are always worth celebrating.

😊🍾πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸ…πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘β˜€οΈ πŸ’₯⚑️ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ

Thanks over61. Mine are quite rare which probably explains why I’m still grinning even now! πŸ˜…

Pianism
PianismGraduate10

Congratulations!! Fantastic result.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Pianism

Thanks so much Pianism! πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Wow congratulations!! That is a great result:-)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Couchpotato2

I’m still in a state of excited shock CP. It felt amazing and all my splits were in the 6’s except the long hill where it was 7 something. Unheard of for me! πŸ˜€

That is great, must be the race spirit (and all your training) paying off! I did my last one at just under 37’ but then it was entirely flat. I’m interested to see what it will be like when I do the hilly ones... πŸ₯΄

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Couchpotato2

Ironically I didn’t get a PB the other week when I ventured to a totally flat parkrun. It was 12 seconds slower than my previous hilly PB and I was very surprised by that. Maybe the downhills cancel out the uphills, although I’m sure I read somewhere they don’t. πŸ€”πŸ€”

πŸ€” who knows. The statistics never seem to work the way we expect

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Wow Cheeky you were seriously on πŸ”₯ this morning weren’t you? Gorgeous sunshine, Spring in the air and in your feet πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Sandie1961

Everything seemed to click into place Sandie. I couldn’t feel my feet (in a good way!) I think I might still be grinning this evening. πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

SANDI_runs
SANDI_runsGraduate10

That's amazing! Go you! All your hard work is paying off. I still have to crack the sub 35min 5k. Mine is 35.09

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to SANDI_runs

Thanks Sandi! I’d have been happy with sub 36 if I’m honest, or even a second off my last PB which was 36.48 - so to smash it was unbelievable! You’ll do it, you know you will! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Jell6
Jell6Graduate10

Fantastic Cheeky.

Carry on like this and you are going to have to open a snail sanctuary 🐌🐌🐌

Who knew that gin had these extra benefits? πŸΈπŸΈπŸ€—

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Jell6

Oh never fear Jell, my snails will be with me for life. No matter how you slice it, I still need each and every one of them on hills! 🐌 ❀️🐌

And yes, gin. Who knew? Excellent news! πŸ˜… 🍸

Knittingrunner
KnittingrunnerGraduate10

Mega. Make the most of that achievement. Well done.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Knittingrunner

Thanks KR, it surprised me! πŸ˜€

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Congratulations cheeky on running your first sub 35 minute 5K in a time of 34.36 at this mornings Parkrun. 😊 πŸƒ.

I know that wonderful feeling, last year after I graduated I wanted to run a full 5K in less than 35 minutes, I did achieve that in the same time as you 34.34. Next goal is to "try" and get a sub 30 minute 5k but first of all I'll rerun some of the C25K program starting at week 3 on the anniversary on the day last year that I began C25K. 😊 πŸƒ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to AlMorr

Thanks AlMorr. Getting a sub 35 has been my goal for a while, but I was expecting a sub 36 first! πŸ˜€

What a great idea, rerunning some of C25K to mark your runniversary! Mine is in June - I think I’ll do the same. Thanks for the idea! πŸ‘πŸ‘

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10

Woo hoo! Fab PB there cheeky! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Š...

Thanks for spilling your secrets too!

*note to self.. G and T's

chicken burger and chips

find a lady with aπŸ•and make her run with me!😁

Muchos kudos!😎xx

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Hahaha, hey, why not come along to Southampton for the next VRB parkrun meetup on April 13th! I’ll be there, you can use me! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Enjoy all the good-vibes and well done!

Hopefully will make your smile last a while longer! :)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to me2019

Brilliant me2019! πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Yep, that’s me alright! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Brilliant result cheeky, and so glad to hear that gin is the secret to a pbπŸ˜‰ Cheers! 🍸🍸

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Cheers GOG, I felt remarkably chipper this morning, and I had no right to - but it clearly worked! πŸΈπŸ‘πŸ˜€

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate10

Oh that's brilliant. So pleased for you! Hope I get there one day.... Just over 36 mins at the moment!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Ang33333

Thanks Ang, I was on 36.48 for weeks and weeks, and the closest I got was 37.00 - until today. πŸ’₯πŸ˜€ You’ll get there. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€

Chris141
Chris141Graduate10

Well done! Be proud!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Chris141

Thanks Chris, oh yes I’m proud alright! πŸ˜€

Katnap
KatnapGraduate10

Ooh!!! Exciting! 😁 Moving from snail pace to tortoise pace....

So sub 34 minutes next month?

😸 Katnap 😸

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Katnap

Might need a skinful of gin to achieve that Katnap! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Pub rather than cafe beforehand then? My uncle has the right idea!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to TailChaser

πŸ˜…πŸ€ͺπŸ˜…πŸ€ͺπŸ˜…

That’s fantastic, well done CCM πŸ‘πŸ™Œ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Time_to_run

Thank you so much TTR, it’s a great feeling. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Biddy62
Biddy62Graduate10

We’re not bored - we’re delighted for you!! πŸŽ‰

Well done! !!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Biddy62

I knew I could rely on my fabulous VRBs, thanks Biddy! My husband is a gazelle and whereas he’s pleased for me, he doesn’t feel the need to analyse it like I do! πŸ˜…

Biddy62
Biddy62Graduate10

The harder it is the bigger the reward!!

The runners high is the best isn’t it!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Biddy62

Oh it certainly is. This is on a par with graduating C25K, my first 5k and my first 10k. πŸ˜€

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate10

YES! Cheeky - well done!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Equi-geek

Thanks Equi! It makes me believe that sub 30 might be possible one day far in the future when all the stars are aligned ....... πŸ€žπŸ˜€

Crawlhome
CrawlhomeGraduate10

Wowsers cheeky, that's absolutely fantastic and no wonder youre over the moon. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ sounds like that running combination works really well.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Crawlhome

Thanks CH, yes a good combo indeed! πŸ˜€

Flaraflarkin
FlaraflarkinGraduate10

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ You do make me laugh Cheeky!! It seems I'm not the only bonkers middle aged crazy lady out there!!🀣 Very well done you πŸ€—πŸ‘ŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ’«

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Flaraflarkin

Hahaha, but it’s good being bonkers isn’t it Flara?! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

πŸ™ƒπŸ€ͺπŸ™ƒπŸ€ͺπŸ¦†πŸ¦‹

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10

Woohoo! So brilliant. Well done Cheeky. That is incredible progress. No wonder you feel so good!!πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thanks Baddie. It was so unexpected which made it even sweeter. πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Shakywakey
ShakywakeyGraduate10

Sounds like ideal preparation 😁

Congratulations πŸ‘πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Shakywakey

Yes I thought so too Shaky! Thanks. πŸ˜…

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Fantastic Cheeky - 2 minutes off is amazing! I have to say mine is usually a Friday night bottle of wine but whatever works for you! πŸ˜€

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to JonathanP

Ahhh, but there’s definitely a theme emerging isn’t there Jonathan? πŸ˜…πŸ·πŸΈπŸ˜€

lexi6
lexi6Graduate10

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Brilliant Cheeky πŸ‘, awesome PB. My usual spirits is vodka and tonic, maybe I’ll switch to gin.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to lexi6

I recommend it Lexi!! πŸΈπŸΈπŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Bridget007
Bridget007Graduate10

Wow! That is brilliant! Go you! I bore everyone when I’ve got a PB and I’m nowhere near as fast as you! I bet you will be sleeping with a smile on your face tonight πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Bridget007

I did Bridget! I’ve thought of nothing else. No one else really understands except you guys! I showed my splits to my husband and he said well done, but he didn’t expand on that. I could have talked for hours about them! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

That’s why you have to get your family into running cheeky! We all just compete with each other now and stare all afternoon at our results when we get PBs (trouble is we don’t get much else done when this happens πŸ˜†).

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to TailChaser

Too true! I spend far too long on here as it is, and yesterday (and today so far!) have taken the biscuit!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

My husband runs as part of his rowing training and my younger daughter does too (she’s a gazelle doing 29.54 at her 2nd parkrun), but they don’t get as excited as me! πŸ™„πŸ˜…

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Are your family coming to Southampton cheeky?

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

I was hoping my daughter could come, but she’s been invited to an engagement party in London and she’s pretty sure it’s that same weekend. So more than likely just me, and possibly my dog! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Graduate10

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Yes, we all understand on here!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you so much Sandra! I knew I could rely on my trusty VRBs! ❀️❀️

Pancakes86
Pancakes86Graduate10

Congratulations! It’s such a good feeling isn’t it!

I cried when I ran my first 5k so you’re not alone on the looney front! πŸ˜‚

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Pancakes86

I think running turns us all a little bonkers Pancakes! πŸ€ͺ Isn’t it great? πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

AceitGirl
AceitGirlGraduate10

Fantastic. You have every reason to be proud of yourself. Keep on with the dogs owner, she seems to bring positive outcome your way. Next weekend a new target!! I do the same talking about my 1 min speed improvement to everyone I meet and I see them rolling their eyes. That don’t seem to bother me as long as I tell them of my supposedly super achievement. 2 minutes is an amazing gain. Very well done. I think I will try 4 gins a night before my runs. Let us know how next week goes.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to AceitGirl

The funny thing is, I used to be the eye roller whenever my husband tried to show me a video of his rowing stroke analysis or a race! He’s an avid rower and still uber keen even though he’s been doing it for nearly 40 years! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

I’m more enthusiastic when he shows me now, but only because I want him to return the favour when I bore him with my running! πŸ˜…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜…

AceitGirl
AceitGirlGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well I am sure he will not pick it up where your enthusiasm comes from. Either way it’s a win win now. I have to say I envy rowers as my partner is one too but he will not show off his skills to me. I only get to imagine how much he would have worked by his blistered hands🀣 but he gets mine even in preparation stagesπŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

Have a lovely weekend.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Oh fantastic cheeky! A brilliant well done! Two minutes is an amazing amount! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I was only just saying to Pianism that it was a very good day for PBs because the weather was so perfect. You’ll have to run with that lady more often! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to TailChaser

I know TC, she was fantastic! She was slightly ahead on the last hill and was encouraging me all the way! She asked if I minded and I said no it was just what I needed! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Did the job perfectly πŸ‘πŸ‘

Dogs are allowed at Southampton btw, there’s just a lot of people to negotiate around but also to help spur us on too πŸ˜€

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to TailChaser

Oh good, I think I’ll bring her then! She’s a good girl and she seems to be my good luck mascot! πŸ•

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

It will be lovely to meet her too 😁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to TailChaser

πŸ•β€οΈπŸ•

Wayyy hayyy cheeky, turbo boosted snails only from now on!! Fantastic PB!! πŸ’ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

(my fastest runs have all come the morning after a good night 🀫)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to uncle_wiggy

In that case Wiggy, cheers! πŸΈπŸΈπŸ·πŸ·πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10

Well Done cheeky. Rocket fuelled by G and T s. Must be the Vitamin C in the lemon slice... Enjoy the sense of achievement

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to paulanoo

Oh yes, definitely the lemon juice paulanoo! Practically a health drink! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Runsome
RunsomeGraduate10

Wow cheeky a whapping 2 mins of you Pb is fantastic, I love the previous night out prep. I’m not surprised your punching the air excellent run well done you πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ…πŸ˜πŸΎ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Runsome

Thanks Runsome, I honestly couldn’t believe it! There was me, ordering my 4th beverage, thinking β€˜oh well, there’s always another weekend to run well’, and boom! πŸ’₯

Runsome
RunsomeGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Great stuff. I know we do our runs constantly and would hope with practice and hard work to improve our times but it seems to me that great achievements come along when we least expect them. I was only saying this to Pianoteacher yesterday. And boom πŸ’₯ here you are with another example. I wonder if its us subconsciously putting pressure on ourselves but when we just enjoy it it sometimes we get wonderful results. Oh well I don’t really know but I’ll take them however they come. keep that cheesy champions grin going and you punch the air you deserve it, if know one else knows why all your VRB’s get it. Fantastic PB great stuff πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ˜€

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Runsome

Spot on Runsome! The milestone achievements happen when they’re ready, not when we necessarily plan them. Yep, still grinning! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Wimborne
WimborneGraduate10

Yay go You !!!! Fabulous PB πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ. Love a good air punch and also Rocky jumps work well for me. Keep Smiling that smile. You deserve to shine all weekend πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Wimborne

Thanks Wimborne! I think anything goes celebration-wise for us runners. All our inhibitions go right out the window! πŸ˜…πŸ˜… I’m still reliving it over 24 hours later! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

StormyMonday
StormyMondayGraduate10

Love this!!! I did exactly the same time at my parkrun yesterday to beat my PB! Well done! I’m still not finding it any easier though are you?

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to StormyMonday

Oh well done too SM, that’s fantastic! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Funnily enough even though I clearly worked harder according to all my Garmin stats, it didn’t feel a whole lot different to when I snail round the course. My theory is, the slower you take the hills, the longer they last (or something like that!) πŸ˜… I’m going to see how I get on at our local flat parkrun again next weekend ...... πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Good for you!!! Personal bests are the best!!! :)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Tjcp

Thanks Tjcp, they certainly are! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Congrats you star !!!

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