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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. We were all hoping that parkrun would start back up in England towards the end of October. However that has been cancelled now. 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 today 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. :-)

I checked my calendar downstairs. Back in February I had checked when I would have been running my 100th parkrun and had each week marked. This morning should have been my 97th parkrun. I think Dexy5 was close to that number too and Almorr should have been soon running his 50th parkrun. After today I would have been just 2 parkruns away from running my 100th milestone parkrun. Anyway, looking forward to my run this 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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cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Good morning Damien and VRBs ☀️

Here in Bristol you couldn’t ask for a better morning for a run. Crystal clear blue skies, bright sunshine, no humidity (best part) and a cool breeze.

So lovely I knocked 20 seconds off last week’s (Not) PR and came in at 34:07. Seeing as how I’ll be running this “course” for the foreseeable future it’s lucky it’s lovely, albeit with the risk of squelchy runs in the winter. Exactly what trail shoes are for. Bring it on! 😀

Happy running! ❤️

GTFC
GTFC in reply to cheekychipmunks

Boooom 💥 What a star. Congratulations on your run!! 🥇Great running and what a start to the day 👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to GTFC

Thanks GTFC, I’d like to bottle this weather and keep it for runs. Perfect! 🥰

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

You must be close to me. Can I ask, where's your local parkrun in the days of normal?

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Speedy60

Officially it’s Eastville, but Ashton Court is closer. How about yours Speedy? 😀

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I have to confess to being a lone runner, but I was working up to giving it a go when lockdown struck. Clevedon would be my nearest, although Long Ashton would work too (if it wasn't for that hill).

My home town of Portishead was about to start it's own when lockdown struck; I've promised myself to be on the start line of the first one.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Speedy60

Yes you must be there speedy. Portsmouth was about to open another one too. 🤞

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Speedy60

I’ve done Clevedon, it’s nice. Ashton Court PR is wonderful and I run it once a week at the moment as my hilly run.

Shame about Portishead - it’s one I would have attended. I also do Severn Bridge which is fantastic. 🥰

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Speedy60

Clevedon is a really nice parkrun, nearest to my brother when we visit him near Weston-super-Mare. I love running near the sea, lakes and lochs.

Ashton Court was also nice, but I didn't really enjoy that hill.

Will definitely have to try Portishead sometime

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

They're going to call it Quays Portishead apparently, for runners working their way through the alphabet

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Speedy60

That’ll be one for me to visit. 😀

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Very well done Cheeky. Yes it was the same here. Beautiful blue sky, very light winds, touch of frost in the shade. I ran in my local park, great morning for a run.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Fantastic Damien! 🏃🏃

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Good morning Damien, I will shortly be going out to run my 28th Virtual 5K parkrun which will be my 15th (not) parkrun, I will report back here when I have completed the run.

As far as the number 50, if I don't miss any Saturday morning runs, Saturday the 31st October will be No. 50, that 50 consists of 17 Official Parkruns and 33 virtual parkruns, by then I will have ran 20 (not) parkruns, however, that 20 is NOT an addition to the overall total.

33 Virtual +17 Official =50.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Almorr. You have been so consistent all through this. It's amazing, your keeping count and like a countdown timer for when things do get better. We'll all come out of this one day and will be back at a real parkrun then.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Update=11.15am. Just back from my 15th (not) parkrun which since 21st March this year was my 28th virtual 5K parkrun, a beautiful but rather cold morning, about 4C at 9.30, now at 11.15 it's 7C but with nice blue skies a overall pleasant day.

My time today was 34.20 so reasonably happy with that, I saw several runners with the red 'Run For Life' T shirt, they saw me with my Vitality Parkrun Apricot T shirt and we all wished each other a good morning.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Yes, whenever I wonder how many weeks it has been I only have to refer to AlMorr :)

Or I could check my spreadsheet :)

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

I keep a diary of all my virtual parkruns and (not) parkruns.

This morning I ran my 28th virtual run which I started the weekend after the official Parkruns ended on the 14th March, the following Saturday the 21st March, I ran my first virtual parkrun, the (not) parkruns began on 20th June, today I ran the 15th.

On the 31st October if I don't miss any Saturday morning runs I will have ran 50 parkruns, 17 official ones and 33 virtual parkruns.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I can't possibly comment. My running spreadsheet has all sorts of statistics :)

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

That is fine, as I say I just use a diary for all my runs, I also have have the history of most of my runs, longer walks and bike rides on Mapmyrun/walk/ride going back about two years.

Hi Damienair and VRBs! It’s a beautiful day on the south coast in sunny Bognor Regis🌞😎🏖

I ran my (not) Parkrun along the seafront, incorporating Speed Intervals on the Nike Running Club app🏃‍♂️That only got me up to about 4K so I ran another one, in 5:32. Overall time and pace fairly meaningless as it was intervals, but for the record I finished in 30:09😊

Happy running everyone, have a great weekend!🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️👍

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to David_G

You were going so fast, I could hear the whoosh in Southsea David.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to David_G

Amazing run David! 💥

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to David_G

Great running David,

I must take a leaf out of your book and get back to some intervals myself. I am really struggling at the moment. Still running, but struggling. Your doing great, well done.

Damien

David_G
David_G in reply to damienair

Thanks Damienair, I love intervals for a change🙂👍

davelinks
davelinksGraduate10

I've done 63 and was hoping to get on toward the 100, but not to be at the moment, hopefully PR will return in due course.. In the meanwhile keep on running.. 😊

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to davelinks

Yeah, we'll be back chasing after that black 100 T-Shirt some day. We just need to keep running. Thanks.

Damien

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Good morning all, so missing parkrun, but was very pleased to get 9/15 in the parkrun quiz this morning!

It’s my long run tomorrow but I was really chuffed to do my not parkrun on Thursday and got a (not) parkrun PB of 33:36. I need to knock off at least another 2 mins to get to parkrun PB, but after all the injuries that’s great.

The run was in sun, cloud, rain, hail and gale so looked a bit of a wreck afterwards.

Yes our plan was to get the 100 run and 25 volunteer shirt this year but 2021 will hopefully be better. 72 runs and 20 volunteers by the last day

Happy running all

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Yes Dexy, fingers crossed for 2021. Hopefully we will both be chasing after our Purple and Black T-Shirts then. Great running, your bouncing back really well. Well done on your recent (not)parkrun PB. I need to make a bigger effort to chase after mine again.

Damien

Week7
Week760minGraduate

Morning all. Such lovely weather for running_a bit of a chilly start this morning a few miles north of Bristol but beautiful and bright. The squirrels were out in force darting across the paths _a bit of a trip hazzard but great to see!

Did my 50 minute run for the JuJu magic plan and in the process the lovely lady on the NRC app tells me I did my 5k in 32:55!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Week7

Well done. Yes the squirrels must be at full stride collecting for winter. Well done on your run. I'm going to do my long run tomorrow.

Damien

PhoenixRise
PhoenixRiseGraduate10

Morning damienair and VRBs! I completed my (not)parkrun yesterday as part of @MontyMooDog’s Weekly Virtual 5K. I’m now on Week 4 of @Ju-Ju’s Magic 10K plan so I decided to do intervals yesterday to spice things up a bit:

- 1K at 90 - 100% effort

- Walk until breathing returned to normal

- repeat 5x

My total moving time for the 5K came back as 25:22 with Ave Pace 5:04/km. 👍

After reading your post last week I did sign up to the parkrun website but I couldn’t figure out how to log my virtual runs 🤷‍♂️ I’ll take another look later today.

Today is my rest day before attempting my longest run tomorrow - an 8K 😱 Plenty of fluids today whilst I build a wish list of running attire for the colder months ahead 🥶

Happy running all! 🏃‍♂️

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to PhoenixRise

blog.parkrun.com/uk/2020/06...

Hopefully this parkrun blog will help

PhoenixRise
PhoenixRiseGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 🙏🏻 I’ve worked it out and registered my first (not)parkrun 👌

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to PhoenixRise

👍 the first of many ....

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to PhoenixRise

Well done. Great running and great interval pace. Something I need to do more of is interval training. It really worked wonders for me last year.

Damien

damienair
damienairModerator

Run fast for your mother and fast for your father

Run for your children for your sisters and brothers

Leave all your love and your loving behind you

Can't carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over

The dog days are done

Can you hear the horses

'Cause here they come

I was running earlier in the park this morning and had my phone with me for a change. I decided to put on my spotify playlist and among the songs that played was Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over. I love this belter, but this morning I thought about the lyrics, COVID-19, and the times we are in are The dog days. I'm looking forward to listening to this song at a real parkrun someday in the future when The dog days are over

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I struggled again today. I am really struggling at the moment running on my own. At least I'm still running. I had to take 2 little walking breaks during my 5K (not)parkrun. Otherwise I was OK, and finished in a time of 31:43. As my teachers in School would say, must try harder. I'm going to beat that next week. That's a promise.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It's all to do with expectations, as you see from my profile I am 74 years old, I am quite happy to get a sub 35 minute 5K of around the 32.30 to 34.59 time and pace and a little disappointed if +35 minutes, if I was 30 years younger I would be disappointed if didn't get a time of around 5 minutes earlier.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

I was comfortably running 5K in 27 minutes at the start of the year. I’ve kept running but have just slowed down so much. I’ll get back there.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

👍

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

If my old failing memory doesn't deceive me that time is headed in the right direction damienair. We would be prescribing a mix of slow runs and intervals if a newbie wanted to speed up; doesn't apply to we veterans of course!! 😉

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Nah, especially not intervals BC! 🤪 I know, I know, I need to get back to them ...... 😩😩😩

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I have a physio's note which excuses me miss 😀😀😀😀

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes only WalkJogRun for you BC. Leave UpTheStanley to do do the sprinting

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yep... no lap quicker than 6 minutes allowed!!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Ok, valid excuse. I’ll need to think of one for myself ...... 🤔 😩

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Moral support for injured comrade!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

That’ll do. Off the hook then! 🤣

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Morning Damien and VRBs.

None of these balmy southern mornings up here. We are having proper autumn weather! It has been bucketing down for most of the week. It is supposed to be 10 degrees today but we have a lusty Northerly wind which is providing a substantial chill factor. Definitely a two top day and no thought of removing a layer mid run. All of the walkers/dog walkers were well wrapped up(some of the dogs were too!) and they were fewer in number than is normal on a Saturday morning. More room for runners.

Like Damien I am trying to up the pace steadily, and no I am not running intervals!! I am feeling quite pleased with my 31:19 this morning; best post injury 5k. My efforts to keep stride length down to a metre or a shade under and manage pace by upping cadence seem to be working. 🤞

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Well done. I am after loosing fitness. I can’t maintain what last year was an easy conversation run anymore. I need to mix interval runs with longer slower runs. Easier said than done at the minute. But I’ll aim for weekly small improvements.

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Best way I agree; bit by bit.👍

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

Hello Damien and what a beautiful day for a 5k. 2 degrees here in Scotland at 7am this morning but by the time I went out it was about 7 degrees so a bit warmer and it was sunny.

My not parkrun time was 30.28 . Exact same time as last week.

Have a nice weekend 🌞🏃‍♀️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Buddy34

Well done Buddy. 30:28 is my current (not)parkrun PB. Good running.

Damien

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

Another nice run, chilly to start with. Nothing remarkable to report except that with the warm up and cool down walks my LeJog total is 399.54 miles!

Really tempted to go for a quick walk around the block.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

You need that postcard don’t you RAS? 🤣

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Not that badly apparently

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Well done.

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Great work ;) I've just made it past the 800 miles to go point on Lejog 5 and it is a great feeling! Funny how a virtual milestone means something real :)

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

My spreadsheet is full of milestones to tick off!

Obviously the hundred postcards, 1/3, 2/3, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 of the way.

Weekly, monthly targets with accompanying smiley faces.

Comparing my position based on step counts, running only, walking only.

No, it is not true that I only started this challenge in order to have an excuse to play with my spreadsheet :)

And yes, I do have other things I should be doing.

EThomas
EThomasGraduate10

Afternoon Damien,

Yesterday I went out for a slow run in the wind. I ended up doing 10.1k in 1:09:36. So my (not) parkrun time will be 35:18, slower than last week but I had planned to run slow. Short interval/fartlek run planned for tomorrow. Hopefully will be able to get some runs in over the next 2 weeks as I am off on annual leave and I am hoping to run on alternate days. Will be mixing things up this week.

Happy running everybody

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to EThomas

Well done on your 10K and good luck with mixing up your runs over the next 2 weeks.

Damien

EThomas
EThomasGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thank Damien.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Hi Damien and all (not) parkrunners - here I am, bringing up the rear as usual.😀

A little chilly this morning to start with, but much better than those hot runs earlier in the summer! An uneventful run this morning - 4 of the 5 kms were around the 6 min/km mark, but a 5.41 brought it in at 29.51. But my 'official ' npr time this week will once again be my intervals session from Wednesday at 28.17 - happy with that!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done JP. Very nippy up here this morning too. Definitely better than the heat!!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC and congrats on your best post injury 5k. Hope your next long run goes well - whatever it is!😀

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

We will both find out when I have finished it!🤷‍♂️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Brilliant. Very well done Jonathan, great running and well done on your sun 30 minutes finish time.

Damien

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien - hope you can achieve your improved time next week.🤞

CBDB
CBDB60minGraduate

Just put in my first ever (not)Parkrun time for this morning’s 5k. So this is the start to my Parkrun experience. I was the slowest of all people who put data in, so I’m probably not ready yet anyway to go to the real, physical event. So virtual (not)Parkrun suits me fine at the moment.

But lovely morning, and it feels I can do the 5k quite easily. Only afterwards (after cool down walk, after 30 min stretching, after hot shower) do I feel it in calves and legs.

So another sign that my bones, muscles, and tendons have to catch up with my aerobic fitness, I presume.

So will keep the 5k as my one long run of the week for now, increasing that very slowly.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to CBDB

You are perfectly ready for the real parkrun. Don’t worry about that. At parkrun there are people who finish in just over 15 minutes to those who finish in just over an hour. And guess what, the people who finish in just over an hour get the biggest applause. There is also a volunteer role at parkrun called tail walker. It’s their job to come last. Well done on logging your first (not)parkrun time.

Damien

CBDB
CBDB60minGraduate in reply to damienair

Thanks! I am actually looking forward to the real thing, as I have only run alone for now. I have a feeling that Parkrun is the best thing to get acquainted with running with others. Thanks for this!

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Afternoon peeps and apologies for the late post. My 14 day post France quarantine finished on Friday and I had intended to celebrate with my (not) parkrun yesterday, but an urgent need to restock the fridge (couldn’t get a Tesco delivery in week 2!), then a drive to Newark to pick our son up from the station and I somehow didn’t get round to it. Anyway, son decided he’d come with me this morning. This is the first time we have ever run together and he will be 25 next week 😃It was rather chilly and a strong wind blowing and, after 2 weeks enforced idleness, I was really starting to feel it after 3.5k and he left me ☹️ Anyway, he came in at 31.40, as he had slowed down a bit and I did 32.56. More practice needed, but fantastic to be out again 😁 I did a rough count of my PRs - 36 actual and I think 24 virtual so I would have been well over my 50th 😢

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie,

You did great following the 2 week break. You did a great time. I’m sure it’s great to be able pop out and about again and go for a run.

Damien

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10

Managed to fit in a sneaky 5k while my son was at tennis, with the bonus of a new place to explore! Looked on Strava, found the nearest green patch and planned myself a nice 5k+ route along the heatmaps.

It proved to be a lovely patch of woodland with enough intersecting paths to keep me busy for ages! Beautiful running terrain with just a few dogwalkers to share it with. For the second time this week I found that my Garmin thinks my Strava routes are too short - must remember to factor that in next time as I had to do a lap of the carpark to get the end of the 5k. A slow, relaxed pace today, several minutes off my best, but felt like just the run I needed today.

In other news I have found that a gliding chair and footstool are perfect for foam rolling in comfort while writing up a run!

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