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damienair
damienairModerator

Good morning to all you lovely people. It’s that time of the week again. I’m popping over to my local park at 8:45 to run 5K with my friend Ida. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be running in my old Brooks GTS 19’s again as my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 running shoes have not worked out. After sales Customer care from the independent running shop has been diabolical too. My 3rd pair of shoes from them and sent several others to them. Anyway, lesson learnt. Move on.

It’s a beautiful morning here. I hope you all have a lovely run and I look forward to reading all about your Saturday morning (not) parkruns later on over a coffee or two.

Enjoy.

Damien

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Womangolfer
WomangolferGraduate10

Enjoy your run. Sorry to hear about your shoes. Very disappointing.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Womangolfer

Thanks. After 1K running in the new shoes my right foot became very uncomfortable. It settled down after the 3rd kilometre. But 2nd and 3rd run in them became even more uncomfortable. They are too small, 1 size below what I normally wear and obviously don’t suit my gait or running form. The shop said that as i’d ran in them I couldn’t return them. They convinced me to go a size smaller too. I’ll never be back there again. Size 8.5 UK Brooks GTS it is from now on and I’ll buy them online.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Sorry Damien, that is truly appalling customer service. Pity it’s not the done thing to name and shame. 😡

Womangolfer
WomangolferGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Shocking after service. They have lost at least one customer. I love my Brooks and now wouldn’t buy any other make.

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador

Happy running - hope its a good one!👍🙂

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you Sandra , you too.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Sorry to hear about your shoes, and more so your running shop. Our shop allows us to try them out on the roads and still take them back.

Enjoy your not parkrun

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Yes it has been a real let down and very disappointing. I’ve emailed the owner of the shop but no response yet. Spoke to the guy who did the gait analysis and fitting. He would not allow any return. I wouldn’t mind so much only he completely messed up my fitting and convinced me to go 1 full size smaller than my own shoes. I’ve only ran in them 3 times. They are not suitable for me. I can’t run in them or I’ll injure myself.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

It sounds like you definitely have a case for them to answer there Damien- good luck. If they refuse to deal with it you could try telling Mizuno uk what happened.

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate

I have a few pairs of running shoes like that in the bottom of my cupboard

Have a great run

Work today so run tomorrow for me

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to WillowandSola

Best of luck tomorrow. I’ll be buying Brooks GTS online from now on.

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to damienair

Sounds like a plan

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

5k completed, only a day late but hopefully better late than never

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to WillowandSola

Never too late. Well done.

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to damienair

Thanks

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Morning Damien and all other (not) parkrunners. I will not be running today!

I mentioned in last week's thread that after a rather speedy 5k midweek I'd had a twinge in my upper thigh/bottom of buttock. It seemed to have largely subsided but after a 5k on Monday and a (probably unwise) 8k on Wednesday it has flared up again. My tentative self-diagnosis is high hamstring tendinopathy (inflammation or injury to the tendons attaching the hamstring to the pelvis).😢 I'm hoping it's inflammation rather than injury and it has lessened again so fingers crossed! I'm doing some exercises designed for that condition and will decide early next week whether I need to see a physio.

In the meantime my (not) parkrun time this week will be 30.01 from last Monday!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Well done on that time Jonathan. Yes your wise to rest up for a few days. Hope you recover back to 100% very soon.

Damien

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. Glad you enjoyed your run.

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I have just recovered from that injury. It was a bit of a long haul, but I dud avoid running for a few weeks. Lots and lots of bridges help, including one leg bridges and if you look up James Dunne on YouTube he has a whole video about it, with exercises. I was also advised to work on hip flexor and do side clam exercises. It all paid off !

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Roxdog

Thanks Roxdog - will have a look at that. Reviewing your posts, it sounds as though your injury was chronic and related primarily to sitting? I'm pretty certain that mine arose from running and therefore the recovery might not be so lengthy - we shall see !😀

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It was a combination of things I think, but it hurt to run! Good luck with your recovery!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Sorry to hear that JP. You need a very close friend to help with KT on that one! 🤞It disappears on its own. I am in no position to comment on people running with injuries! 🙂

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC - I thought you were the expert in that area!😜

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Touché JP. The words “speed challenge” have been banned in this house. Being very sensible for now!!

So sorry to hear that Jonathan - hope you can get into a physio soon so get it sorted out!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OGR

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

As you will be running at the time I post this I hope you have a good run, sorry about your running shoes.

I have just come back from my 20th virtual parkrun, which was my 7th (not) parkrun, my time was a equal PB for not parkrun at 33.12, that's more than three and a half minutes quicker than last Saturday, there again I did not run ten miles this week, I hope you enjoyed your run and cake after your run. 🏃🏾 👍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Very well done as always Alan. No cake today. But I’ll have a homemade slice of brown bread with a coffee soon.

Sybilw
SybilwGraduate10

I had high hopes for my time this week as I’m in Scotland and have a route which up till recently was my Pb route. It’s always cooler (obviously!!) and wetter 🤣🤣 so of course I went yesterday morning!! 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵 Quite a reasonable time but will I go try again tomorrow 🤔? What do you think? Shame about your shoes. I desperately need new ones as mine are a week 5 purchase so more than 2 years old and beginning to literally fall apart. 😳 Happy running

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sybilw

Well done. It was hot yesterday in the UK, even Scotland. Ireland on the other hand was cool and wet for most of yesterday. Enjoy your run tomorrow.

Sybilw
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It was my first tech failure too in that my watch buzzed for 5k so I stopped only to find the download said 4.99!! I’m still claiming it! 😆

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

We always hold off stopping the watch until it says 5.01 or 5.02 to avoid that happening. Especially because Strava always seems to knock off .01 from the garmin distance. All those .01's mount up on the LeJog distance :)

Anyway, my home parkrun rarely measures at 5km on my watch. Usually 4.96.

Sybilw
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Sensible! I once ran with my Fitbit and Strava but they weren’t even close! My Pb would have been near 30 min if I’d believed Strava 🤣 - so tempting as I’ve only gone under 33 twice!

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

When I first started running I used a pedometer that clipped onto my waistband. It had always been pretty accurate for walking (I once checked it again kilometre posts in Lanzarote) and was fine for C25K. But once I moved beyond that, running farther and a bit faster I seemed to be increasing my apparent distances much sooner than I expected. By the time I was clocking up 7K, I realised that the pedometer couldn't cope with my running strides lengths being different to the walking ones.

So it was time to buy my first Garmin watch, and unfortunately to find that I wasn't really running 7km after all!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Sorry about the rain in Ireland yesterday after all the UK except N. Ireland had its hottest day of the year, however. it ended with a short spell of heavy rain with a few claps of thunder, yes ONE DAY of summer.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Waaaa, your new shoes Damien? 😫 That’s not good. I hope you sort out some others, and get better customer service next time.

I ran earlier, not feeling particularly lively in the legs. I gave myself 2 rest days after my 10 mile run on Wednesday, but even so I didn’t expect much from (Not) PR this morning. Off I bimbled, wishing it was a little cooler. The Common was fairly empty which was nice.

5k duly done (using my now regular technique with the intervals), and I was astounded to see that I’d knocked 1:33 off last week’s time and 1:11 off my previous (Not) PR PB and ran it in 35:07! My grin couldn’t have been wider! 😀 Added to my 10 mile PB (2:11:55) and a good hill run last Monday, I had a good running week. ❤️

Happy running everyone. 🏃‍♀️🏃

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh wow Cheeky. Huge congratulations to you on your PB. That’s fantastic. The interval training is paying off. I’m delighted for you and very well done too on your Wednesday 10 mile run. Great running week alright.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien, my regular intervals/hills/trails are paying off at last it seems. It’s extra nice when an unexpected PB pops up too! 🤸‍♀️ Now to aim for my actual 5k PB, but that’s over 1:30 faster still ..... hmmm 🤔

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Wowsers Cheeky! You are going to have to give up the pretence of being a snail if you carry on like this. Your new training regime is clearly paying off 👏👏👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie, don’t worry my snails aren’t homeless yet! But every now and then one drops off and joins a new runner ...... 🐌 😅

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

😂🤣😂

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Great news all round Cheeky

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Thanks RAS! 😀😀

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done on your 10 mile PB cheeky. You have been quietly putting in the K's and building up strength, and now it is showing through. Careful not to overdo it now 😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Sage advice BC, thank you! Never fear, I’m uber careful and I’ve perfected the trail running mince to get me through sticky situations! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Just laughing at my own expense CC....you are building up really sensibly; who knows where you might end up? 🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Ahh I’d never laugh at you BC - with you perhaps! 😅😅

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

No more talking about snails for you cheekychipmunks - you are getting very speedy.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Morning VRBs! Shake-and-run and I met up at our lake this morning for (not) Parkrun. Around 19c and slightly overcast after 2 consecutive almost 40c days here in SW France. Twice round the short end of the lake and back across the bridge that separates the two ends and a time of 33.19 for me. All off road which slowed me down a bit and probably suffering slightly from celebrating my birthday yesterday 🍷🎂 Oh well, off to the hypermarche to restock. Have a great weekend tout le monde 😃

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Happy Birthday from me for yesterday. And well done on your run this morning.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien 😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Sneaky, you should have said it was your birthday yesterday Sandie! We could have thrown you a virtual party! 🎉 🎂 🎈 🥂 Hope you had a wonderful day! ❤️

What a lovely post-celebration run nonetheless. Will that be your regular (Not) PR route now? 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you 😊 I had a lovely day - Buck’s Fizz and pastries from our wonderful local boulangerie for breakfast in the sun on the terrace then lunch with Mr Sandie, Shake-and-run and Mr SAR at the Michelin starred restaurant at the top of my killer hill (0.5k from home). SAR baked me a birthday cake too 😃

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Sounds idyllic! 🎉 ☀️ 🇫🇷 🥐 ❤️

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Happy birthday for yesterday Sandie. I think you win the Miss Legless competition for this week!🍷🍷🍷🥂🥂🥂🍸🍸🍸

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC😊 You are probably right - it is awfully tempting when you live in the middle of a vineyard though 🍷😂

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Whoop whoop . Happy birthday Sandie. Wow that’s 2 birthday celebrations in a few weeks - any more to come? 🍷🍷🍺🍹🍸🥂🥳🤪

damienair
damienairModerator

I ran this morning with my friend Ida. We had a lovely run although Ida struggled a little, so we walked up the dreaded hill twice. She wanted me to run on but I wanted the company and knew if I ran along with her it would help her along too. We did it in 33:19. It was a lovely morning and now I’m going to go and spend the day in the garden, mowing and weeding. Where have all those weeds come from. 4th time to do a big weeding this year.

Damien

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Just noticed, we did exactly the same time. What are the chances of that? 😳

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Brilliant Damien, and how nice of you to walk with Ida! That’s still a fantastic time. 🏃🏃‍♀️😀

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Morning Damien. What a shame but I suppose chalk it down to experience. Running shop isn’t doing itself any favours either in this climate.

No 5k for us this morning, we’re off on an 8 mile hike in the Welsh mountains so might do it tomorrow if we’ve any legs left. Not even done the quiz yet 😱

Normal service will resume next week. Sun is just coming out. Have a fab runny day everyone 🌞

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Enjoy your run. I’m just in after doing a 10K. I’m bunched.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Put your feet up now Damien 👍 Still haven’t done our run...maybe later...

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

Not great news about your new shoes Damien and the customer service sounds rubbish. I really hope with perseverance you get a good result and a proper pair of good fitting shoes.

Glad you had beautiful weather for your not parkrun.

I went out this morning 16 degrees and sunny but you know it feels like its so much hotter when running . My 5k time was 30.17.

Have a great Saturday 🌞🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🌞

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Buddy34

Well done Buddy. Nice running. I don’t think I’ll get very far with the running shop. But one things for sure, I’ll never spend another penny with them again. I’ve personally spent €840 with them over 3 years between buying my own shoes and gift vouchers for my wife, sister and brother so as to buy runners. And I also sent them business from other fellow parkrunners and friends.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

A slow one today, so my Wednesday time shows on the (not) parkrun page.

My legs were quite tired yesterday after a long run Wednesday followed by some gardening, then a long walk on Thursday and more gardening yesterday.

So I was glad that they felt better while running today, although I could feel it walking back up the hill to my post-(not)parkrun breakfast. We had to sit outside today because the cafe was busier, not surprising because it was the first village market since March.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

We expect a lot of our poor legs don’t we RAS? Well done on all your runs, walks and gardening this week. 😀

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I am surprised they cope as well as they do. I remember during C25K I had little aches all over my legs (not all at the same time), sometimes keeping me awake. But they soon recovered enough for the next run and of course the legs got stronger so didn't ache as much.

But I nearly always run on roads and I do need my recovery days, especially after anything longer than 7-8km so I am happy to respect my limitations and enjoy what I can do, rather than risk overdoing it and having to pause or stop running.

I love a pb as much as anyone but they are less frequent now, just more thrilling when I get them :)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Yes I remember the post C25K run aches too. I rarely get any discomfort nowadays, even after a long run - but I do get tired legs. For example last week’s (Not) PR was slower than the previous week’s because I’d done 14.5k on Thursday and I only gave myself one rest day. This week I did 10 miles on Wednesday and got a PB today! Legs were thankful of the extra day! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Well done. My 2 boys were at a play date yesterday so my wife and I went into our local town to a cafe for a late lunch. It was my first time out for a meal since lockdown. I savoured every bite and really enjoyed it. I’m just in after doing a 10K. I think my legs will be tired later.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

I am so lucky with our running shop; non covid-19 service includes a hug on arrival, tea and sometimes cake, and return shoes no questions asked. Maybe I have been spending too much there! If they start sending a car for me I will worry!

I decided to join the non Park Run 5k today, which is real progress after weeks of just focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. 33:31 was a sensible time given my knee troubles (PB over 5 minutes quicker), I kept my stride length under 1m and average heart rate was 138. So things are looking up and fitness is starting to come back. Too many people milling around the cafe today, so no flat white, but coffee and chocolate ginger biscuit at home with Mrs BC worked fine 👍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yay BC, the (Not) PR crew has a new member! Welcome aboard! 😀😀😀

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Sign that I can choose when to run now rather than having to wait until I can!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Well done. I’m trying to get back to form too. I just ran a 10K this morning. Your so lucky to have such a great running shop. I’m done with that one. I even held off on buying shoes online during Covid-19 lockdown so as I could support them with the business. Lesson learnt.

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Your supportive instincts were right Damien; the shop owners were wrong. You are just a better person 🙂. My local shop is owned and operated by an ultra runner and the staff are the same. They just “get it.”

I have been really lucky with the shop, and physio just around the corner, plus everyone on Health Unlocked....I would probably have given up through lack of progress without all three. 7k planned for tomorrow....must check with physio whether I can stop taping up....I am running out!!

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