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Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10
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Park Run 4 today, boiling hot and only two days since running 18k. Quiet plod around I thought. First target was easily achieved. I think it was Dexy5 who jokingly suggested I target Tasha99 as someone to try to catch and overtake; no problem as it turns out; in fairness she was a Tail Walker today! I just settled into a manageable stride, found a nice gap in the field and stayed there. Result, to my surprise, new Garmin PB leaving "only" 30 seconds to get to the my target 30 minutes minus a second. I have got to give Tasha99 credit. She paced me for my second Park Run run, taking me out of my comfort zone, but it taught me that I can run more quickly than I thought and maybe trying to run every run at conversational speed is something I can move on from now (sometimes!) In short VRBs provide support and confidence which have certainly taken me to levels I thought impossible, so thanks to all. Hope everyone has a great weekend. 😊😊

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Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate10

You did fabulously today especially in the heat! You’ll get that sub 30 for sure! You’re an exceptionally nice man but I wish you’d give yourself more credit! Although I may have got you back into parkrun, I can take absolutely zero credit in your successful running! YOU ran it. YOU did it. Congratulations.

BTW on my slow tootle around today as tail walker I pondered your statement that β€˜people in their 60s don’t get PBs’. I wholeheartedly disagree. Of course they do! Apparently once you start running, you improve for 7 years just by keeping going! I looked this up last year 🀣

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

What I meant was athletes like Mo Farah won't be doing PBs in their 60s.....bit quick now though😊😊

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yeah but that’s because he started young! We’ve only just started running πŸ‘πŸ½

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Wonderful BC! Very well done. Gosh you’re sooooo close to sub 30 - and won’t that be a party?! πŸŽ‰πŸƒπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸƒ

It was hot today too, so extra credit. πŸ‘

I volunteered at ours this morning. I had some very tired and hot β€œcustomers” in my barcode scanning queue. πŸ₯΅πŸ₯΅πŸ₯΅

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Saving your energy CC; game face on 😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Hey, you snuck that one in didn’t you? I don’t remember reading about you doing 18k 😳 I thought 10 miles was going to be your limit. You’ll be doing a HM next πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

We seem to me the only ones left Sandie- I am definitely not doing more than 10 miles! I think I tagged you but you were probably enjoying a glass of vino.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Ah I see now that you did! I’m with you although OH says I should do 10 miles a couple more times before GSR to get used to the distance 😬

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

That’s good advice Sandie, once I can get my first one πŸ˜†

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

It was a "go with the flow" effort last Thursday; total accident!

I set my watch for 10k and thought "I will just see what happens if I jog along at 8 minutes plus". Next thing I knew I was at 18k. It took 2 hours 29.

I think cheeky must have woven one of her spells😊. I did confess at the time, but I may have concealed it in one of Cheeky's posts πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes you sure did! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Just see what happens when I look away πŸ˜‚ Well done you. You’re streaking ahead of the rest of us musketeers! Well done on the parkrun too πŸ‘πŸ‘

Gran4z
Gran4zGraduate10

Well done BC66, you're doing brilliantly, a 30+ minute ParkRun is amazing. I've been slacking off for a while, doing more volunteering than running ParkRuns! It was hot just standing on the beach bar code scanning. Happy running :)

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Thanks Gran4z. It was pretty hot up here too. I was soaking by the time I finished! Well done you for volunteering m. More sensible than running in this lot!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Well done Beachcomber66. The heat has reached you now then.

No PB time for me but as I was on a tourist parkrun I got a PB for Hanworth parkrun and 1st in my age group.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy5. All I will say is look out for the powers of the chipmunk 🐿 😊😊

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes I’m seeing her next weekend so I’ll be a bit vulnerable πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

HM here you come!😳

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I haven’t even done 20 Miles

Katnap
KatnapGraduate10

Here! Here!

🐱 Katnap 🐱

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Katnap

Thanks Katnap. CC’s big day tomorrow! Hope it is cooler than today.

Lavender1962
Lavender1962Graduate10

Well done! Getting so close to 30 and after such a long run. 😊

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Thanks Lavender. I think that the long slow run may have helped, but I am not planning to run that far every week! 😊

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate10

That's great and well done on running faster than... the tail walker :-) my friend paced one of my park runs and the same, it was a little over my chatty chatty speed but not too uncomfortable and made me finish with 3' off my pb. She did try and slow me down a few times but I told here (I was able to talk a bit) that actually I was feeling ok so I just went on at that pace. It's such a help to be paced by someone! Well done you!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Thanks CP2. I think that it is a lot about confidence. We get a little push out of our comfort zones, no limbs fall off and lungs don't implode, and after that, it is easier to push on to another level. Learning from every run is part of what maintains my interest. 😊

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