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A wet return to Park Run

Beachcomber66
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5 weeks since my last Park Run. I scanned the crowd carefully in case the sneakyTasha99 had made a surprise appearance. All seemed safe!! Time to bite the bullet! I haven't done any pace work at all so I was expecting the end of my Park Run/ 5k PB streak this morning. I was well wrapped up, it felt a bit like running in a duffle coat until I shed my waterproof jacket. I knew that each lap time started with a 5, so things were going ok, but I was pleasantly surprised when Mr Garmin gave me a new 5k PB of 28:17. Only a 20 second improvement, so the warning signs are there. I will need to do some intervals and move a bit quicker if I want to keep improving 5k times. Hills are more I important for now I feel (my way of setting myself up for the end of the PB streak ๐Ÿ˜Š).

One cross over from the hill stuff took me by surprise. My average cadence was higher than my last Park Run (160 v 154) but average stride length was down from 1.13 to 1.1. A whole 12 cms lost every stride! That must be a reflection of the short stride length needed to get up the hills and the shortish quick cadence needed for the down hill sections. I just forgot to change gear today. Still, VO2 Max decided to go up by another point too ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Two whole points in three days...for what that's worth. Hope everyone has a good weekend....I am going to find some chocolate and a cup of coffee ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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WillowandSola

A great run then and another PB. you earned the coffee and chocolate

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

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Beachcomber66
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Near disaster... all the chocolate tiffin in the kitchen cupboard had disappeared ( full inquiry to follow!!). Managed to find a stray toblerone in another stash !! ๐Ÿ˜…

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WillowandSola

Oh yum toblerone is a favourite of mine, I lived on my own for a while and donโ€™t recommend it but what i put in the cupboard stayed in the cupboard until i ate it ๐Ÿ˜€

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to WillowandSola

๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. Mrs BC and I are good at sharing.... failure to replenish exhausted supply is the issue ๐Ÿคฏ

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WillowandSola

Yup we are good at sharing, shopping isnโ€™t an issue, but i like home made fudge and butterscotch and Willow canโ€™t make it so i have to wait til i can find the time and be bothered ness

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to WillowandSola

Sounds delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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WillowandSola

It is and making it is fine itโ€™s the cutting it up after that is a bit of a faf

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Buddy34
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Congratulations on your new PB.

Hope you find the chocolate Tiffin thief ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Buddy34

One prime suspect....pleaded guilty and wishes to have numerous previous convictions taken into account! Toblerone bar represented a very articulate plea in mitigation! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Buddy34
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in reply to Beachcomber66

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Grannytobe
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Sounds like great news all round. Well done.

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Beachcomber66
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Thanks GTB; it canโ€™t go on like this, but fun while it lasts ๐Ÿ˜Š

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cheekychipmunks
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Well done BC! Your PBs are turning into a habit! Interesting about the stride length. Because I do lots of runs with hills, that probably accounts for my tiny trot and my high cadence. I thought that was just me. ๐Ÿ™„

Sorry you had rain again today. Are you growing flippers? ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Webbed feet maybe! I can definitely run quicker and more safely downhill using a short quick stride. I just need to remember to flip back to the longer stride for flat Park Runs. Have been looking at spikes for trail shoes this afternoon. My la sportivas have marked areas where you can screw in the makerโ€™s studs. May be an idea when it starts to freeze ๐Ÿฅถ.

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Beachcomber66

Wowsers, those sound like super high tech runners! Youโ€™ll soon be a winter mountain ๐Ÿ!

Iโ€™m going to bear my stride length and cadence in mind when Iโ€™m doing flatter runs. One stride clearly doesnโ€™t fit all - in fact I probably subconsciously lengthened mine at Stratford last week when I got my very unexpected PB out of nowhere. Thanks for the tip! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Sometimes I can only pick up the stride length when I look at Garmin post run. i.e. when it is too late! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to Beachcomber66

๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

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Tasha99
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Well done! Youโ€™re doing fab - no way I can run at that pace at the moment! Hardwick was fun - very muddy.

Someone died at Stewartโ€™s parkrun this morning ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

So sad

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Tasha99

I heard that emergency treatment was needed, but not that someone had died. That is a tragedy. Really sad.

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Tasha99
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in reply to Beachcomber66

Iโ€™ve just seen you on a CVFM radio video from parkrun this morning ๐Ÿคฃ

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Tasha99

Nooooooooooo.....CVFM?๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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Tasha99
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in reply to Beachcomber66

Itโ€™s just a local radio station apparently- just a glimpse at the end, donโ€™t worry. Are you on Facebook?

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Tasha99

Yes....

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Tasha99

Have seen it ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. I need to review my running wardrobe!!

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damienair
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Congratulations and very well done on your new PB. I still donโ€™t know anything about VO2 Max or Cadence. Interval training is amazing for your pace improvement.

Damien

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Beachcomber66
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Cadence as in number of steps you take per minute? Itโ€™s just part of the data I get from my running watch and related app. My spm is usually low relative to my pace because I take long strides, on the flat at least. I have to shorten stride to cope with hills (up and down) so my legs need to move faster (more steps per minute) to maintain my pace. I pass on VO2 max... it is a fitness measure but how the watch calculates it I donโ€™t know. With me it seems to go up or down at random. I tend to mention it if it goes up๐Ÿ˜Š

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Sandie1961
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in reply to Beachcomber66

It all sounds a bit too technical for me! PB I understand ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ and chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‚. Obviously the hill work is doing good things for your fitness. Great pace ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie. I am thinking Park Run PBs are becoming a bit obsessive and maybe I should run a relaxed one to break the sequence. 8 Park Runs completed, each one faster than the preceding one can't be sustained; not by me anyway! It would be daft to push too hard. Perhaps I will try another more challenging. venue for the next one. I will have an excuse to back off a bit then. It has been fun though! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Dexy5
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Well done Beachcomber66, you really are doing brilliantly. So sorry to hear about a death at parkrun - is it one in your county?

Chocolate and coffee are usually mandatory after runs but breakfast after parkrun . I had French toast, bacon and maple syrup. Yum yum ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Beachcomber66
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Thanks Dexy5. Stewart Park is about 15 minutes from here by car. It is a bit closer to me than the park where I run. I have been thinking about giving it a try and I may do so in the future. I think that the running community there will need a bit of space for a while. The identity of the person concerned hadn't been released up to bedtime last night.

You breakfast sounds very Canadian, although bacon isn't a strong suit in Ontario at least. These post run rituals are really important....and delicious! Will check the posts to see how you and UTS fared yesterday! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Dexy5
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in reply to Beachcomber66

No parkrun post from us this week BC. UTS was volunteering and shaking his tambourine. I ran with (behind) my niece and her boyfriend. At 17:52, he was 2 seconds faster than last time he visited but he was 1st then and 3rd yesterday. I came in at 32:13 parkrun time ,31:52 garmin. Seeing the stats It looks like I forgot to be competitive in km2 but I remember my eyes were streaming in the cold north easterly.

It was nice to be back again because I hadnโ€™t run there since 5 October.

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Dexy5

Another nice occasion for you ๐Ÿ˜Š, and a good time too. Good run and time spent with family is priceless. I ran into the old school mates yesterday. one encouraged me to ring the Pb bell at the end of the run (I gave it one self conscious clang!!). I donโ€™t know whether every Park Run has one. Worse, I was caught on a local radio station video looking like a tramp with my jacket tied less than tidily around my waist.. trust Tasha to find that! Back to the woods and hills tomorrow. Much safer!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Dexy5
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in reply to Beachcomber66

I thought Iโ€™d replied but itโ€™s gone. No bell for us as everything has to fit in a giant toolbox that gets handed between running directors.

You are famous BC, but you will be pleased to know I canโ€™t find the video

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Dexy5

Good!! You would just catch a glimpse of me in the background anyway. Not worth further effort..๐Ÿ˜ฐ

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Dexy5
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in reply to Beachcomber66

Iโ€™ve just been on the Stewart Facebook page - very sad .

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to Dexy5

It is awful. I am glad that the familyโ€™s privacy is being respected.

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JonathanP
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Well done on your PB BC! Those hills are definitely paying dividends!๐Ÿ‘

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP. As you will see from my posts this morning, I just have a gut feel that I am pushing the boundaries on too many fronts at the moment, and boring though it sounds, a bit of consolidation may be called for. Whether I can translate that into action when I am running is another thing of course! Both achillies felt a bit tight after my post run coffee yesterday. Probably a combined effect of the hills generally and the pace yesterday. It all feels well this morning, but maybe there is an amber light there. Pursuit of successive Park Run PBs in particular is becoming a bit mad. Hope the rehab is doing well. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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JonathanP
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in reply to Beachcomber66

I would certainly pay heed to any amber lights BC! Thanks for asking - I've noticed some signs of improvement but early days yet.๐Ÿ˜€

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to JonathanP

If I approached this logically, I would go to the physio now and ask for an exercise regime to cope with the increasing work load, rather than wait for something to go wrong. When something does go wrong, I will need treatment and then they will give me the exercise regime I should have been following in the first place! I might give them a call. Nothing you could have done about your out of the blue hamstring problem, short of carrying a vapouriser to remove people who get in the way!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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JonathanP
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in reply to Beachcomber66

That sounds very sensible - hope you get a helpful response. Hmm - do Amazon sell vapourisers?๐Ÿ˜œ

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Beachcomber66
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in reply to JonathanP

๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿคฃ

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