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damienair
damienairModerator

Hello Everyone,

Happy weekend. For any of you new graduates whom have started running during COVID-19 world you may have heard of a thing called parkrun. parkrun is a free 5K which takes place every Saturday morning all around the world. It is for everyone, slow, fast, able, disabled, big, small and everyone in between. Even dogs take part, just one per owner on a tight lead mind!:-) Oh and don't forget about the super Mum's and Dad's who push their babies in buggies. You can walk, jog, run, run/walk, it's not a race, just a run in the park and loads of us here on Bridge to 10K did it religiously every Saturday morning.

Obviously we can not do it anymore. So until parkrun returns we take part on our own in a Virtual parkrun every Saturday morning. We post after our run and let everyone know how we got on during our run. The little run report can be done over a post virtual parkrun coffee and treat/cake. (parkrun is all about the after run coffee and cake, and meeting friends old and new). It can be run/walked on any route close to you which is 5K. Does not have to be done in a park, you can even do it on a treadmill.

If you are a new graduate and would like to start, all you have to do is a 5K run/jog/walk anytime tomorrow or Sunday and write a little run report under this post. It's like a little community and it is good fun, sets you up nicely for the weekend. If you want to you can register on the parkrun website and you can log your 5K (not)parkrun. In fact you can log any 5K done during the week as a (not)parkrun on the website. I only log Saturday runs, when I remember. :-)

Looking forward to my run tomorrow morning and also looking forward to hearing from all of you. Happy running and have a lovely weekend.

Damien

I've pinned the post. So please respond over the next day or two in the below thread. Happy running.

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Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Happy running everyone! I’m now 7 days down in my post French stay quarantine, 7 days to go. I will be back next Saturday.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

It sounds like you are safer in quarantine Sandie, after yesterday’s news.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I’m just now dreading that the end of quarantine will coincide with another lockdown. We’re supposed to be spending 2-5 October on a boat on the Thames with our son and his girlfriend for his 25th birthday, to make up for their holiday in France with us being cancelled due to quarantine 😢😡😣

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I hope not Sandie.

⛴😃😄😃😄

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

From what I’ve been reading there will be an announcement on Tuesday, which could announce a nationwide “circuit break” mirroring the North East and North West ie no mixing with any other household, which would put paid to our weekend

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Plus Mr Cheeky and I have booked a cottage for 3 nights from 5/10 in Cornwall with Flossie. I guess we’ll know if we’re going or not after the press conference on Tuesday.

This virus can “do one” as the kids say. 😩😩😩

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I'm finding it easier to turn the news off again now. Getting depressed about it all again. Fingers crossed for you Sandie 🤞🤞🤞

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I felt v depressed yesterday as I think parkrun may be delayed due to second spike . Going for a run this morning has certainly helped.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Good chance of it unfortunately 🙁 but then how many of us actually expected it to be back this year until the announcement last week? We’re lucky we have this wonderful forum to keep our community going whether it’s virtually or the occasional sneaky meet-up 😁

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Completely agree !

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

You’ll be chomping at the bit Sandie1961! 🐎 🏃‍♀️

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Hope you manage to get your boat holiday.

There is some consolation in knowing that even if there's another full lockdown, running was one of the few things still allowed. So at least I have one thing to help hang onto my sanity and distract me from all the other things I can't do. Not sure what I'll do if we have to self isolate and not leave the property at all, laps of the garden probably!

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Thank you 😊 At least quarantine is only 14 days so I can go for a run on Saturday. I would get very dizzy running round the garden 😂

EThomas
EThomasGraduate10

I did a 5k run around my local park run course on Tuesday with a time of 32.13. It was really humid and there was a wonderful sunrise.

This morning I wanted a longer slow run so I went out for a 10k run on a different route. It was only slightly slower than my first 10k by about 30s and somehow I managed to get negative splits throughout. I'm really happy with the time of 1.09.06 for my second 10k run.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to EThomas

Well done. That's known as a dounble (not)parkrun :-)

Good pace and great going making negative splits through 10K.

Damien

EThomas
EThomasGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Hello pals, hope you’re all having good (Not) PRs! Thanks damienair for keeping this up, it’s lovely knowing we’re able to run together of sorts - until the real thing returns. 🥰

Mine was good this morning. Windy up on the exposed plateau where I have my course, but it helped cool me. It was only 12 degrees, but still fairly humid. Nothing compared to my sapping 10 miler on Wednesday though. 🥵

My time today was 34:27, 4 seconds quicker than last week. Happy with that as my prep wasn’t ideal after whole family sized “sharing” pack of Minstrels (I don’t share!) yesterday, and not enough water. And of course the 10 miles in my pins. So yes, I’ll take that. 😀

Look forward to reading all your reports. 😍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Great running again Cheeky. Well done as well on tour 10 mile run during the week. Oh my, I adore Minstrels. I'd have to polish off a family bag too. So I never buy one. They are my favorite sweet thing.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. Yes they’re yummy aren’t they? Easy to munch when driving too, as no melting chocolate to deal with! 😋

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I sometimes used to buy a small sneaky pack. They would do me a whole 3 hour drive. I’d slowly suck the hard shell off each one individually and then move onto the next victim.

Temptation.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Yep, that’s the method I use too! 😅😅

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Good run cheeky; bound to be a bit of a reaction to the 10 miler. You needed the minstrels to replace lost energy. Good for you 😋

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Ahh yes of course BC. They were doing a job! Excellent. 😀😋

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

And jelly babies...😋

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Goes without saying TC! 😋😅

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

Hello Damien. I ran my not parkrun yesterday and considering it was about 20 degrees which is quite a suprise in September in Scotland as the weather had just started to get colder last week.

Anyway I managed a time of 30.28 so I'm quite pleased with that.

Enjoy all your not parkrun today everyone 😊🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Buddy34

Great time Buddy. I'd be well happy with that too. Have a great weekend.

SueKen
SueKenGraduate10

I was back out again this morning. Legs were tired after cycling yesterday, so there was a bit of jeffing, thus pleased with my time of 33:32. And I overtook another runner! Nice to enjoy the late summer sunshine too 🌞

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to SueKen

Well done. Bingo! Same time for me.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Good morning Damien, cool conditions where I am in Central Scotland for my 27th Virtual and 14th (not) parkrun, believe it or not I actually overtook a runner on way to a 33.18 time 5K run, that runner was running at around a 38 5K time, I greeted him with a a good morning as I passed him, us runners are all very friendly, last week I was passed by a runner who said good morning to me, he was running at around 28 minute 5K pace, so another good run for me today, have a great day.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Alan. I was practically running with you. I ran with two lovely ladies this morning across fields along a disused railway track, down country lanes and back along the main road. I ran 6K but at 5K I was 33:28. So a nice steady pace.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Good run for you Damien, well done.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

It’s always fun to try a new route Damienair. Well done.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Hi all, actually managed to post earlier this week! Usual run around local roads and through the park at about 8.30 this morning, taken at a nice easy pace and finishing with 29.44.

In the week I'd tried an intervals session, the first since my piriformis injury - no problems and a time of 29.28, so that will be my (not) parkrun time this week.

Happy running everyone!😀

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done JonathanP! That sounded like a fab run. I must return to intervals soon (I must 😩)

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

You know you love it cheekychipmunks

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Said no-one ever Dexy5! 🤣

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky - you know it will do you good!😜

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I know Jonathan, more’s the pity! 😩😩😩

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Great running Jonathan. Sub 30 minutes 5K. Well done.

Damien

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Cheers Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Good stuff JP, definitely getting there 👏👏👏

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC - sounds like you had a good one too.👍Re heart rate , I was surprised that mine was very low this morning - mostly in zone 2?! Not sure how much I trust the wrist sensor as I don't have a chest strap.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I have had to use inhalers before the last couple of runs; must be something in the air.... maybe they are helping 🤷🏻‍♂️

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

It's very hayfevery at the moment BC. Windy autumny stuff in the air methinks.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Running in the woods probably doesn’t help then!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Possibly not 😬

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Great times JP. I, like cheeky, need to do intervals again. And I, like cheeky, am not looking forward to it. They do you good though don't they!!! We need to do it to get our PBs when we finally get back to the real thing cheekychipmunks !

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Ok then TailChaser, if you do I will ....... 😩😩😩😅😅😅

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

You’re on 😭but not quite yet...

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Absolutely. No. Hurry. TailChaser! 😅😅

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Just think how virtuous you will feel afterwards TC!😜

PhoenixRise
PhoenixRiseGraduate10

Happy running 🏃‍♂️ all! Today is my rest day but I did a (not)parkrun yesterday with a sub 30 mins 5K for MontyMooDog’s Weekly Virtual 5K. I’m tackling ju-ju-‘s Magic 10K Plan and have my last run of Week 3 tomorrow - my first 7K attempt 😱

Looks like I should check out this parkrun website you speak of 😉

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to PhoenixRise

Well done on your sub 30 minute 5K run yesterday. I’ll be running 7K tomorrow too.

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

No intervals for me !!

A bit “same as” time wise this morning with 31.41, but cadence is still increasing and average heart rate is going down for the same pace and distance. So running more efficiently. I keep putting in a slow first lap; maybe I need a more dynamic warm up?

A cool morning, lots of dogs joining in, but definitely a “good to be out there” kind of day. Keep safe everyone.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes I know what you mean. Mine was definitely a good to be out there run this morning. Fresh and cool, perfect running weather.

damienair
damienairModerator

I turned up at my local park this morning at 9:10 all set to run in my parkrun Apricot top. I met my friend Ida and another lovely lady and they had decided to run a different route away from the park. It was about 6K. So I said sure, lets go. It was a really weird route, down a main road, through a hole in a barrier, down along a disused railway line which I never knew about, running through fields along tractor tracks, through a gate, down country lanes, and back into town and back to the park. At the 5K mark I was at 33.28 and finished the 6K in 40:09. It was such a lovely run. I loved the company and we ran the full 6K, no breaks at a nice steady pace. Myself and Ida then went off to a cafe and had a lovely fruit scone and coffee. It was a lovely morning. Now to mow the lawn, clean the garage and replace burnt out light bulbs. Mrs Damienair is making a job list as I speak. :-)

Happy weekend everyone.

Damien

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

That sounds like a really interesting run. It is good to find new routes

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

That does sound an excellent route Damien, always nice to discover new places to run. Tractor tracks are tough though. Sounds like you'll be needing a nice cool beer tonight after all that work 👍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

How did you guess. Neighbours called in for a few Heineken. 😂

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

🤣🤣

Hi damienair and other running friends! I ran my (not Parkrun) down in sunny Bognor Regis this morning🏃‍♂️🌞 I included some speed intervals which would have affected my pace but were hugely enjoyable😀 My overall time was 34:45 but that doesn’t matter at all😊👍 Happy running everyone!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to David_G

Great post and well done. A happy run is a fantastic run.

Damien

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello everyone. I was on a short 4k this morning so I can’t count it as a virtual parkrun. JonathanP managed to run 5k in the time I ran 4k! I realised it was almost 9.00 so ran in the opposite direction of the parkrun route which I haven’t done for a while. It was great to see a few dads running with pushchairs and a few dads with running children.

For those who missed it, the CEO parkrun was doing a Q&A yesterday which is on YouTube. It’s very long but they say they are going to do a written summary.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Ah but it's quality not quantity that counts Dexy!👍

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I watched some of it Dexy and saw your name come up! You either wrote a lot of messages or it was just out of luck!

Hope you are healing ok.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Achilles is fine now TC but I think I need to work on my left ankle to strengthen next.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

👍👍👍

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I think I only wrote 2 but someone with the same name in London also posted.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Very well done Dexy5, I did 6K yesterday, so will give you my extra kilometre so as to make up your 5K and parkrun.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

So kind Sir.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Hiya Damien, hiya all! Bit late today as busy morning (and I had a sneaky lie in!).

We took eldest kitten on his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award graduation run. He's been busy building up his strength and ability since lockdown started and today had to be the day as next weekend he goes off to university. He's not a natural runner and he worries about things hurting which isn't the best combination, but he is very determined and doesn't give up once he takes something on so that helps us keep him going.

The route we take isn't the easiest and I was surprised at how well he took the idea of running up the big hill, especially as he's used to his 5ks being our flat as a pancake parkrun.

We set off a bit late so it was quite busy. There was a cricket match about to start at the school playing fields as well, so that road was quite busy. However, we got into our stride. I'm hopeless at trying to stay slow but Katnap stayed with him and I tried to stay in view as a (bit of a hopelessly too far away) pacemaker.

Near the hill we have a bit of a wiggly, slow gradient warm up that's always got cars going down it and then we get to the main road which always has dog walkers on it, so lots of obstacles to get round. Hopefully me being ahead guided them into the best places to go.

We ran up the cycle lane as we went up the hill, this way we avoided having to run on the bumpy, leg sapping grass. When I got to the top I ran around in circles for a bit as they caught me up and I clapped eldest kitten to the top. Halfway and now for the nice, long downhill bit for recovery.

3k turns up as we go past the roundabout then a long straight. I can feel him tiring now as I'm pulling further ahead so I run back for a bit to lessen the distance. Next is another downhill section as we go back towards town again.

Passing the petrol station I decide just to pull away and be there as a welcoming party when they came in. My 5k gets there early as I've been doing little circles, so I'm done just after the petrol station at 33:26. I ran ahead to get to where we normally finish just off the main road.

Thankfully no traffic and no pedestrians as they come round the corner and I clap them in. Eldest kitten comes in at a new PB of 36:24!! If we hadn't made him run yesterday as well I'm sure he'd have done it in under 35 minutes.

Now the big test comes - continue running at university without us pushing him on...

Have a good week everyone and stay safe 🖖🤞🤞👍

(apologies for the mega-long reply, maybe this should have been a post on it's own!).

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Fantastic job Alex! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 He’s certainly got his speedy legs on at the moment! I love how you’re hopeless at staying slow. If I was allowed (by myself), I’d do all my runs slowly! 🤣

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I’ve got no self control Cheeky 🤣

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

😅💥🏃‍♀️

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Congrats to eldest kitten!👍

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP 🙏 😊

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done to eldest kitten. Please pass on our best wishes to him as he starts Uni. I hope youngest kitten doesn’t miss him too much.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, I’ve passed your wishes on and he says thank you 😊. I think there’s lots of online gaming planned so those miles will probably melt away.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Congratulations to your eldest Kitten on his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award graduation run. Great running. I'm sure if he continues to parkrun once it gets going again he will continue to run through University.

Damien

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

One way or another we’ll get him to run Damien, I have a cunning plan 😏 Thank you 🙏 😊

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

For a moment I was wondering whether there was a DofE for cats... not sure they'd get on terribly well with the community section! Belatedly twigged, so congrats to you and eldest kitten anyway :)

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

That’s not a bad idea BBP, ours could definitely do with a physical challenge 🤣 Thank you 😊 🙏

So today was my 44 minute run on Juju's timed plan. It was a really beautiful morning .Very tired at the start so I did the "slow" thing and it worked.By halfway through I was really enjoying it. No records on the 5k front at 36:03 but actually ended up running slightly longer than planned due to misjudging my distance from home and preferring not to have a long cool down walk now the mornings are colder! Resulted in me running just under 7k_my longest run for about 18 years so the slow start was well worth it!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Week7

Well done on your 7k Week7.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Week7

Very well done. I'm planning on doing 7K later myself.

Damien

I hope you make this a regular weekend thing. My plan is to be off the IC and back in my running shoes next week, but will be very slowly ramping up to 5k again.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Don't worry, this is a regular thing. AlMorr has been keeping score since we started doing this at the start of lock down. This was the 27th Virtual and 14th (not)parkrun, so you are more than welcome to join in next week when your off the injury couch. You don't have to run it all. You can walk some of it too until you are fully back up to running the full 5K.

Damien

Aspire24
Aspire24Graduate10

So having read your updates for weeks and regularly running 5k or a bit more 3 times throughout lockdown I thought I’d take myself off for the first time to my Park Run. Was looking forward to it but went out too fast, even though I didn’t think I had🙄 so ended up doing 4.4 k and needing to stop with stitch!! That will teach me, going to give it another go next week 👍. Quite a few runners out which was nice. Pace us everything so need to curb my enthusiasm as a Larry would say😂

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Aspire24

I love Larry. Couldn't imagine him running though.

The secret is to go out really slow, run a nice slow and steady 5K. Log your time as a (not)parkrun on the website and leave loads of spare time to come back each week and get a new (not)parkrun PB. Bit by bit then you'll get closer to your true best time and then you can try improving on that. But most of all, enjoy it. Looking forward to having you onboard next Saturday. Make sure to post a reply after your run.

Damien

Aspire24
Aspire24Graduate10

Yep, will do next week👍 I hadn’t realised I was going fast 6.18 first K😱. Got caught up in the whole emotion having missed it. Oh well next week it is.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Strange week for me... only one run went over 5k. 28:59 for the 5k according to Strava have to be happy with that.

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10

Very happy with my run today - after a few weeks feeling decidedly under the weather it's so nice to feel my body is fuelled, hydrated and back to normal fitness. And I seem to have worked out a solution to my calf tightness (as I've suspected for a while, I was overcorrecting for my overpronation) which was vastly improved today.

My husband offered to cook dinner so I could get out for a run while it was still light, so I took the opportunity to follow one of my favourite trails. So nice to have soft (but not too soft) ground underfoot and beautiful countryside to look at - golden evening light turning the leaves bright green and dappling the path with flecks of light. Lots of nice friendly people too :)

I took a nice steady pace for the first 2k, then I started focussing on some tips I'd got from the 30 day challenge - picking up my feet a little higher and focussing on moving my arms backwards to set up a natural recovery. This took over a minute off my pace (7min/k to 5:45) with surprisingly little extra effort.

In the last 500m I did start to feel a bit tired, but calves were still feeling absolutely fine, so kept going at the faster pace. Because of the slower start, my time was 31:27, so outside my sub-30 5k graduation run PB but I rather overdid it on that run and felt exhausted afterwards - today felt a lot more natural and sustainable. I think doing JuJu's magic plan is definitely helping build my speed as well as building distance.

Oh, and to top it off, when I logged my miles this evening I got my 50 mile postcard from LeJog5 :)

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