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damienair
damienairModerator

Good morning to you all. It is Saturday again which means it is time for us to run and pretend it's at a parkrun. Only of course we are not at a parkrun, just running our normal 5K on our own, Social Distancing, all that new normal stuff. I can't wait for the real new normal where we hug friends and high five each other at a real parkrun. But until then we carry on. I think this is week 31 of parkrun being stopped, who would have thought? Anyway, we are running, we are still running. When so many fellow parkrunners have stopped running we have all continued on, not only that but we have new people joining us every week which is fantastic. If your reading this for the first time, welcome. All you have to do is Jog, Walk or Run (and any combination of the 3) for 5K at your own pace and pop back here under this thread afterwards and let us all know how you got on. I slept in this morning. But I'm in my running gear now as I type out this post. So a quick little breakfast for me and I'll be on my way. Looking forward to reading the replies and catching up later. Happy running.

Damien

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cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Just finished mine Damien, popped on here and saw you’d posted. Great timing! 😀

34:14 for me today. My legs should have been weary after their HM on Wednesday but they felt quiet sprightly so I let them get on with it. Not a PB, but decent for me so I’m happy.

Chilly and grey - perfect running weather too!

Happy runs (Not) PR-ers, old and new! 🥰

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Can we swap legs cheeky 😁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

You’d soon get bored TC! Mine couldn’t give you whizzy runs like yours do - nor can mine do camels! 🤣

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Ah but you can do Crows! Much more impressive 😁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

🤣🤣

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done Cheeky and Super well done on your HM during the week. That was fantastic. Have a lovely weekend.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien! I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I bounced back. Enjoyed today’s run. 😀

WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate10

Enjoy your run this morning it’s relax day for us, 8k tomorrow though, happy running everyone and thanks for keeping this us damienair love reading everyone’s not parkrun

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to WillowandSola

I'm going to do a long run tomorrow too. Shall be attempting 10K for the first time in a long time. Have a lovely weekend.

Damien

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Good luck with your 10k

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

Good morning everyone. We are just back from our run from the campsite to a cycle way with views of the sea and Dunstanburgh castle. I haven't deducted the walking bit yet but it was about 40 minutes because I stopped a few times to take photos for Katnap

I will try to post them later.

We will be going out later for a walk at Bamburgh and hopefully fish and chips at Seahouses.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Oh that sounds great. And proper Fish and Chips later, sounds even better. I'll be cleaning up my Garage for the afternoon.

Damien

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

The fish was lovely. We sat inside for the full fish dinner, with bread and butter and a pot of tea. I always have plaice in that chippy because it is the best I have ever tasted, really fresh. The first time I tried it was a takeaway and I went back afterwards to tell them how much I enjoyed it. I didn't mean to scare the lad who cooked it, there was a notice up to let them know if anything was wrong! But when he heard it was a compliment he made sure his boss knew, because it was his first day.

So this morning we ran 5k with a 1km walk across fields before and after. After our lunch we walked another 7km on the beach - the run was easier :)

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

I cleaned my garage and cooked dinner. We will be soon having meatballs and pasta. Your day sounds so much better. :-)

Damien

Elfe5
Elfe560minGraduate in reply to RunaroundSue

You have just transported me straight to Northumberland! 😄 It’s such a beautiful county - the picnic stamping ground of my childhood!

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Elfe5

It certainly is. We go there every year

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Morning everyone! 8c and grey here today, but I still just went out in capris and short sleeved t-shirt (attracting a couple of strange looks from dog walkers in padded jackets, gloves and hats 😂) A slightly different route for a bit of variety and a time of 32:26 - 4th week in a row with times within 7 seconds. Not my fastest but consistent! Happy running and happy weekend

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie. Consistent running and nice pace. I wore shorts but had a light running jacket on too.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Good morning Damien, I have just come back from my 31st Virtual and 18th (not) parkrun, the weather cool, cloudy but dry, saw 16 other runners all being nice and friendly, my time today was 33.58, yes, today is exactly 7 months since the last official Parkrun., latest estimates for them returning is next April!!??

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Really? Can’t say I’m too surprised though 😢

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Estimate only I think. Fingers crossed. Well done AlMorr on your running, you have not missed one. Have a great day and Happy Running.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thank you Damien 👍🏃🏾

I don't run this distance but love reading how you all do!! 👏👏👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to GTFC

Morning GTFC! 👋👋👋

GTFC
GTFC in reply to cheekychipmunks

Wotcha!!!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to GTFC

Good morning anyway and Happy Running. Join us someday.

Damien

Week7
Week760minGraduate

Good morning. Hope you've all had a good week.

So ,again this week my 5k was done as part of my ( 2nd )55 minute run on Juju's magic plan.

I was finding it really tough today but still made it. Fastest 5k section was 34:36 so a few seconds faster than last week when it felt easier!

Work that one out!

Happy running everyone.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Week7

34.36 is a very good time as part of a longer run, I have only had 1 sub 35 minute 5K when I have been running more than 5K, it was 34.09 when running my 3rd 10K which was my fastest of the single 10/10K's I have ran in a time of 69.23, happy running to you Week 7, nice to know that you are enjoying your running, it won't be long before you run for 60 minutes and then 10K 👍🏃🏾

Week7
Week760minGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Thanks

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Week7

Nice. Well done on your long run and fitting in your (not)parkrun as part of it. I'm going to attempt a nice easy 10K tomorrow.

Damien

Week7
Week760minGraduate in reply to damienair

Thanks. Have a good run tomorrow.

I am looking forward to being able to put the words easy and 10k into one sentence one day too!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Sorry, decided to opt for the lie in this week as legs still recovering from HM. Did 5k yesterday which seems to have helped. Long run tomorrow then back to it for a Friday morning (not)parkrun pre Vitality 10k all being well 🤞

Have a fab runny weekend everyone 👏👏👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Don’t blame you TC. The speed you run, you need a break every now and then! 💥 Enjoy your week and “see” you at the VV10000! 😀

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I’m trying to listen to them more and it was really nice having a decent lie in.

You too cheeky and ‘see’ you at the start line 😀👍👏👏

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Well done on your HM and 5K yesterday. Great running. I had a bit of a lie in today too.

Damien

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Hurrah for lie-ins!! 😍💪

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

At least you made it to the parkrun quiz TailChaser ! I’m tapering now too, which means very little running this week.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

7/15 better than last week but still pretty awful! Always nice to see you on there Dexy 😊 I'll taper after tomorrow - already had a rest and my routine is all over the place at the moment.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔

Days roll into nights that roll into days. A sign of the times I think.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Don’t they just

damienair
damienairModerator

I did interval training as part of my 5K today so again will not be logging it as a (not)parkrun. I ran 2.5K first at a 5:45 min/km pace. I then took a little break and ran 500 meters at a 5:30 min/km pace, followed by a 1K interval at a 5:25 min/km pace, 2 minute rest and the 5th kilometre was ran at a 5:16 min/km pace. Total running time was 27:55 , but because they were intervals it does not count. But I am getting faster and I am on track to be sub 30 minutes for 5K again soon. I'm going to attempt a nice easy 10K tomorrow for the first time in ages. Getting back there again. Happy running everyone.

Damien

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to damienair

Sounds like fun!! 😍

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It does count, have you heard of the Ross Barkley Challenge?

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

No, never heard of it. Tell me more.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Ross Barkley, the footballer, ran a 16 minute 5k by doing it in bits, pausing his watch then doing another bit - it started a bit of a thing back in April:

runnersworld.com/uk/news/a3...

GTFC
GTFC in reply to damienair

Great signs here!!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Check you out Damien the Speedy! Wow, you’re going to smash your 5k PB before long at this rate. Brilliant! 🔥🏃‍♂️💥 🎉👊

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I'm an awful long way away from 25:36. But I'll be happy to be at 28 mins some day soon.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Well done Damienair, and thanks for being here every Saturday.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

It's a pleasure. Wouldn't be happening without all you amazing peeps taking part every weekend too. Thanks for the company and joining me on a Virtual (starting to really hate that word) 5K parkrun.

Damien

Today was my redoing Week 5 Run 3. I did a new course which was about 5.5km in total. I ran for 20 mins of it which amounted to 2.9km of running. Write-up to come soon on the C25K forum. I'll probably be doing a full 5km run by this time next month.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to nowster

Awesome xxx

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Well done. Have a great weekend.

Damien

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

I decided to log my first (not)parkrun today 😄

But it was also an intervals run. Do you mean yours didn't count because you were actually stopping between your intervals, Damien?

I was going back and forth about what to do on my run today. Wanted to incorporate a bit of speed, but weekends are a bit tricky because of lots of people strolling along the prom prom prom. But then I thought: fartleks! Great idea!! I can just slow down to a jog when I need to avoid someone 😎💪Then I went digging in my cupboard for a clean top and found my parkrun Apricot, so I thought I would log my run. Been wanting to do (not)parkrun for a while, but it hasn't fitted in with my schedule/fitness.

Not a fast time for me, 27:45, but fun 😊😊😊

Happy running, everone xxx

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to roseabi

Nice. That was a great time. Well done. I did not count mine as I was stopping for 2-3 mins in between intervals. I don't want to log interval training with breaks. But I have logged runs where i have taken walking breaks. But I never stopped on those attempts. I am retraining for sub 30 and trying to get back to 28 mins. I'm an awful long way away from last years 25:36 parkrun PB. But i'll be chasing after (not)parkrun PB's now. Happy Running Abi and well done again.

Damien

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien! I have a terrible track record of getting myself to parkrun, so I hope this will help get me there more. The (not) part of it does make it a bit easier, Saturdays at 9am, sheesh 😂

And ah, that makes sense re. the intervals breaks! All the best for your retraining xxx

MoliJ
MoliJGraduate10

Morning, managed to do a run/ walk 5k this morning in 40.2 which I was very pleased with. The weather in North Wales is fantastic today. It’s so nice here that after my run I went on a 30k bike ride. Happy running everyone. 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to MoliJ

Wow, well done. You had a very healthy and active day today. Great running, walking and cycling.

Damien

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello everyone, it was my long run today but I will dedicate the first 5k to (not) parkrun. 37:19. No PB there then.

I hope COVID restrictions aren’t my too bad for you And your Family damienair .

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy. No the restrictions are not too bad on us. My wife Nicola and I always joke, that because we have 2 boys of 11 and 8, we don't have much of a life anyway. :-) We are not missing out on much. Once we are all healthy and happy we are good. Hope all is well with you all.

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Morning Damien. 5k postponed until tomorrow; again. Try as I might, I can’t get my running schedule sorted out. Yesterday was a 10k warm up for next week’s Vitality. It should have happened on Thursday, but the world had other plans. Great to see everyone out and about though 👍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Enjoy your 5K tomorrow and report back here after. It still counts. Well done too on your 10K yesterday. I'm going to have a go at 10K tomorrow.

Damien

Hi Damien and VRBs, I did my (not) Parkrun as the middle 5K of a 7K run this morning in sunny Bognor🌞😎🏃‍♂️

The 5K followed the Nike Run Club (NRC) app ‘Power Pyramid’ interval session💥💪 It’s a bit different to usual intervals as the session starts and finishes with fast mile pace, with slower intervals between them😳 I did a 1K recovery run before and after the session. I hope that all makes sense!😊

My 5K time, for what it’s worth, was 30:56 so I’m pleased with that🙂👍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to David_G

Well done David. Nice time and well done on incorporating the extra 2K and interval sessions.

Damien

EThomas
EThomasGraduate10

Hi Damien,

Unfortunately no (not) parkrun running for me this weekend. I managed a 10k on Monday and I had a 5k planned for this morning but it wasn't to be. I woke up with sciatica, a leftover from an old nursing back injury. I've not had this for a long time so didn't want to risk running. I am hoping to be back next week as I am aiming to do the vitality 10k next weekend.

Happy running everyone.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to EThomas

Hope you feel better soon. Take care 💐

EThomas
EThomasGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thank you

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to EThomas

Hope you get better soon. Rest up and best wishes for your 10K preparations.

Damien

EThomas
EThomasGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thank you

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate10

Hi Damien. This is my first time on the virtual 5k post as I have been working through the Magic Plan until now. Feeling a bit rudderless post 10k, I have made a pledge to run 5ks on Saturdays, come rain or shine, whilst I try to work out what my running looks like post-10k graduation. I ran my 5k today in 37:43 along the woodland trails near my home. Gorgeous colours and lovely to be out there.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Delly-dot

Very well done. Sounds like you had a lovely run. Great to have you on board. Sorry that I am only replying to you now. Hopefully I'll see you posting next Saturday again.

Damien

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Here I am, late to the party again! This morning I'd planned to have a nice easy (not) parkrun after my 10 mile run on Thursday and a 5 mile walk along Southsea seafront yesterday. However due to a Garmin malfunction which saw me travelling at a rather faster speed than usual, I apparently did the first 1k in 4.49 (not true!). Somewhat surprised and confused, I had to guess when my 5k was finished - so my time was 30.10'ish.

Enjoy your 10k tomorrow, Damien.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Well done Jonathan. Nice time. Sorry I am only replying to you now. My 10K attempt yesterday was a failure. At 5K my right calf muscle was getting sore. I think it was due to the intervals from the day before. So in case of an injury I stopped at 5K, walked for 1K and then ran for 1K. It loosened out a little then. Feels good today. Loads of time to attempt that 10K again.

Damien

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien - sorry to hear your 10k didn't go as planned but as you say , plenty of time to get there .

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10

Had a nice trip out into the countryside to meet our daughter (who we haven’t seen for about 10 weeks) for a pub lunch and walk. As usual will be doing (not) parkrun during the week with the Southsea gang. Have a great weekend.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Coddfish

Sounds lovely. No more eating out here for a while. We are in shut down now with more restrictions being announced tonight. Glad you met your daughter and had a lovely pub lunch.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

I finally sneaked in my 5k this afternoon. Bit of a slalom with lots of walkers with dogs out, but everyone emerged unscathed. A steady 31:59 to loosen up after Friday's mad 10k. No sign of any resulting damage so on track for next Sunday's Vitality 10000. I am not sure how to play this week.....do you do tapers for a 10k? Tuesday should be a 5k hill run, but that leaves four days before the race. I will end up putting a run of some sort.....maybe another short one. Hope your 10k went well.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Sorry I am only replying to you now. My 10K attempt yesterday was a failure. At 5K my right calf muscle was getting sore. I think it was due to the intervals from the day before. So in case of an injury I stopped at 5K, walked for 1K and then ran for 1K. It loosened out a little then. Feels good today. Loads of time to attempt that 10K again.

I would run tomorrow if I was you. A nice gentle 5-6k run just to loosen up. Then rest on Wednesday and Thursday. You'll then be well rested and ready for Friday. Best of luck.

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Good call on rescheduling the 10k. Better than an injury; thought we didn’t use the f word here 🙂

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

What, Feck? :-)

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10

My local running club had a virtual race today - basically run 50 minutes and post your distance to contribute to a team total. So I wasn't expecting to do a parkrun post/time today except that somehow being in a virtual race sped up my feet. It was a bit of an eventful route - I'd thought a flat course would be a good idea so opted for a seaside run along the route I'd used for my first 8k a few weeks ago. However today was a bit of a different run - no wind, but the tide was in, various paths were flooded and it narrowed down the passing room so I had to do quite a few diversions and doubling back to give people space.

But despite all this there was a moment when my watch beeped and I looked down and saw I was still not yet at 30 minutes, and was slightly stunned to realise that I had already passed 5k and still had some time to spare (Strava gave me an estimated PR of 28:56!). I did think that this pace was probably overdoing it for a longer run, and the second half was a bit of an endurance slog, but I managed just over 8.5k in my 50 minutes which was still under the magic 6 minutes per km, bringing me a lot closer to realising my next goal of a sub 60minute 10k! But definitely not on the route I ran today...

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Blackberrypie

Excellent running and very well done. Yes indeed at that pace you are well on your way to a sub 1 hour 10K. Supper effort over 8K. Well done.

Damien

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10

I'm dedicating the first 5k of my slow 9k run on Saturday to (not) parkrun - 45.03.

Down past the rugby club, through the local nature reserve and on to the Leisure Centre and then uphill across the fields to the woods behind the house. It wasn't easy, and I knew I was working hard - especially on the long uphill stretch towards the end, but a nice run overall - and the furthest I have ever run.

This run was the final run of week 6 of the Magic Plan which is hopefully setting me up for the Vitality 10,000 at the end of the month. That will be my graduation run.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Birdlady64

Well done incorporating your (not)parkrun into your long run. Best of luck for your 10K at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to giving you your Graduate10 badge.

Damien

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Thank you.

I'm looking forward to it too 😁

Imc50
Imc50Graduate10

Better late than never or so they say 😳 1st time attending damienair 30.34

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Imc50

Fantastic. Great to have you joining us. That is a great time, very well done. Looking forward to having you join us again next weekend.

Damien

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