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damienair
damienairModerator

Hello all. Happy Saturday and Happy Weekend. I am only just up and out of my bed. it is almost 11am. This is disgraceful. I have had a very busy couple of weeks with work lately. I was working on a couple of projects which had me working from early to late. I was exhausted. I also have not ran since last weekend. I just basically worked. But now those projects are behind me and I am back.

It is (not)parkrun day everyday of course, but to keep some flavor of parkrun alive some of us like to run a 5K at the weekend and call it our own Virtual parkrun. No matter how tired I was today, if the real parkrun was on I would have been up early and gone. I would not have missed it.

It is a beautiful morning here. Blue Skies. So I am going to go and have a late Breakfast and get ready for my (not)parkrun. Good luck everyone and Happy Running. Looking forward to reading the run reports.

Damien

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TotalNewbie1
TotalNewbie1Graduate10

Sometimes a lay in is just what is needed. Glad the work load is behind you.

Enjoy the run when you get out there.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TotalNewbie1

Thank you. My extra rest did me good. Can't remember when I last slept in like that. I had a lovely gentle 5K and really enjoyed it.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Morning Damien and everyone! No (Not) PR for me this week. I ran 7.40k yesterday and really didn’t enjoy it on the common. Cold, wet and windy - which I don’t mind on good footing, but running on the sodden grass and on a few of the runnable trails wasn’t fun. It felt like running on Velcro and every step was a chore. 😩 No speed attempts up there for me for a while. I’ll need to find somewhere else for that ...... maybe be a glutton for punishment and use Ashton Court, but not on the weekend as it’s too busy.

Still, I hope you all have fabulous runs today. I’ll be going out tomorrow. 🏃‍♀️🥰

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

One of those medicinal purposes only runs CC; you know it is doing you good but the buzz is missing. Bit the same for me this morning; but we keep going!!🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes we do BC it’s lucky the wonderful runs far outweigh the meh ones! 😀

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Enjoy your run tomorrow Cheeky and put that crappy one behind you. The ground is way too wet now. On firmer footing you will fly I'm sure. Happy running.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. At least the soggy runs are good for the legs!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well so they say. But personally it's a big no thank you very much from me. :-)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

🤣

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Good morning Damien, I was just about to start the weekly (not) parkrunSite this week as I did about two months ago but better late than never, you deserve that long lie

This morning I ran my 36th virtual and 23rd (not) parkrun, the weather sunny and showery with a 8C temperature. I did not have my metromone app with me but the time I ran of 32.58 is the fastest time since I got the app, the first sub 33 minute 5K for more than two months, enjoy your run 🏃🏾😊

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al; nice time. Weather doesn't stop you.👍

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

There was a light shower during my run but within 5 minutes of getting back home there was a short very heavy rain shower, lucky me.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

You obviously lead a virtuous life Al. A heavy shower nailed me as soon as I stopped running....no (takeaway) flat white and brownie from the cafe today!!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I notice where I live, we are now on Level 4 of lockdown the cafe's are open only for takeaway's.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

PS. I notice looking at my 2019 diary that on this day exactly a year ago on Saturday 23 November 2019 my time at a official Parkrun was almost the same as today at 32.43, today it was 32.58.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Fantastic Alan. Great running. We could have ran together today, I did 32:57.6 , Like you I was delighted with a sub 33 minute time as I had not run all week.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Lol, you beat me by I think four hundreds of a second, yes indeed, we ran virtually together. 🏃🏾👍

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Morning everyone! I got up late too - a good night’s sleep after a week of terrible insomnia (might have something to do with last night’s G&Ts 🤪) 12c and sunny in Lincolnshire when I finally set off at 10.45 so back to short sleeved t-shirt. Not a great run and I stopped to chat to a friend and forgot to pause Strava so a time of 33.52, my slowest (not) parkrun, but at least I did it. Happy running and have a good weekend!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Bit warmer down there Sandie. Seems to be something in the air; not a PB day today; just a get out there and run day.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Glad to hear your sleep is getting better Sandie, nothing wrong with it being G&T enhanced once in a while 😁

Nicely run! 👏👍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie. Me too today. Slow but at least I did it. Just getting out and running is the key I think now. I've given up on speed until parkrun returns.

Damien

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

You can always join us in the 1k speed challenge in December Damien- easier than 5k.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

Morning all. It is lovely here today , the rain which was forecast has not arrived.

We went off on our usual Saturday route today, pressing our Garmin buttons to start on the dot of 9.00. As usual I ran 6km, logging just 5 for the (not)parkrun page.

Lovely takeaway butty again, although we had to wait a bit longer than usual because they were really busy

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Sounds like a perfect (not)parkrun. Started on time, and followed by a lovely takeaway butty.

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

9 degrees this morning; better than the 6c of mid week which had me digging out my thickest bottoms! It was quite claggy under foot and from the start I felt as though I was dragging a ball and chain behind me. No aches or pains, just in plod mode. I did give the xtra heavy training band a whirl last night; Ifelt ok this morning before I set off, but maybe it took bit of strength out of my ageing legs!! All of which is a long winded excuse for running a 47:01 7K. The best continuous 5k I can carve out of that is 32:27. The wind was in my face for about two thirds of the run, so that didn't help. Still, I got out there and did it and my calves and achilles were fine. Wednesday is 15k/16k day.....maybe switch back to a lighter exercise band in the meantime! As soon as I stopped running it absolutely threw it down, so no flat white or brownie; However, lovely Mrs BC came to the rescue with coffee and a walnut whip😋.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Ooh, looks a very well deserved coffee and walnut whip from here BC 👍👏👏

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Certainly much needed!!🙂

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Nothing wrong with plod mode BC! It happens to us all. The weather really is all over the place isn’t it? I did my 10k on Thursday in 7c (felt like 3c) with the 2 runs either side both in double figures 🤷‍♀️ Ooh, walnut whip - didn’t know they still made them. Used to love licking the cream out 😋

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Walnut whips seem to have diminished in size since I last had one!! 🤷🏻‍♂️Fewer calories.I need to focus on just upping distance and avoid getting diverted by pace. I did a pacey 14k last week (for me that is) which got me a bit excited....plodding is ok for now.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

M&S do a version of walnut whips too. 😋

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

We have one of their food stores only 10 minutes drive away! Bit of research involving intensive sampling required!!😋

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

😂😂😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Walnut whip! Oh yes pleeeeease! Well done BC for running and Mrs BC for the goodies. 👊👏😄

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I have been head mince pie sampler this afternoon; the things I do ......😋😋

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh bad luck BC. I do feel for you! 🤣

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh no! Not before December 🎅🏻

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

This was production line batch quality control sampling ; not the same as eating.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Haha! OK, I believe you 😂😂

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Mmmmm Walnut Whip, I have not had one of those in years. Good running, you beat my 5K time today plus you did an extra 2K. Have a good weekend,

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

It just felt bad Damien; a bit of a struggle for whatever reason. We move on to the next one in hope!🙂

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Afternoon Damien, hello all! Bit late today as we were also up late. So late in fact that we did the parkrun quiz whilst I made the rolls for our lunchtime bacon. 11/15, best in ages, even knew some of the answers for once. So late in fact that eldest kitten beat us to it by doing his on campus which is most unusual.

I’m definitely not 100%, after getting worried about my bpm last week I’ve been trying to sleep more. Had plenty more but today’s run was still a very high bpm even though I had the heart rate alert on my watch and kept slowing down to compensate. I’m starting to wonder if I’m asymptomatic or whether I had it when it seemed I had a cold back in September. It’s all a bit odd. Trouble is we relate everything to COVID these days. Other than that my resting heart rate is fine so 🤷🏻‍♀️

It was 29:36 today and despite my bpm I wasn’t very out of breath at the end and I didn’t feel sick and it all felt very steady so, I really don’t know!! Carry on resting more I suppose (not very good at that!).

Anyway, enough of my worried rambling! Have a lovely runny week everyone and stay safe! 👍👏👏

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

If everything else feels normal, hopefully it isn’t anything to worry about 🤞🏻 Sounds like a good run anyway and well done on the quiz. Great score 👏🏻👏🏻

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie, I’ll get to the bottom of it eventually 🤔

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Very well done TailChaser. 29:36 is great considering your not feeling 100%. I don't think you would have anything like the energy to do a time like that if you had COVID. So hopefully it is just a blip with a cold. I was exhausted this week myself. Purely work related and did not run all week. I'm just in from my run now. Just an easy relaxed 5K. I feel all the better for it.

Damien

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

I think you’re probably right Damien, I’m just getting paranoid. Katnap is going to run with my watch on tomorrow to see if there’s something wrong with it.

I hope you have a better week this coming week, you seem to be having to work awfully hard at the moment. Glad the run made a difference, what would we do without it?! Take care x

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

All seems a bit strange TC. Up here we have had more wind recently, it has been muddy underfoot and the temperature has dropped off a bit, so everything is taking a bit more effort. My bpm went haywire for a couple of days after my flu jab, but otherwise all is normal. Some friends say they think that they have had COVID-19 either asymptomatic or disguised as a cold; but then they can’t identify any contacts who have caught it from them. Hope it just disappears as mysteriously as it arrived. 🙂

Hi Damienair and running friends! I ran 10K this morning (I’ve posted about it separately) so I ran my (not) Parkrun yesterday.🏃‍♂️

I managed to get round in 29:06 which I was pleased with considering how chilly it was!🥶😱

Happy running all!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to David_G

Very well done David on your 10K and your (not)parkrun. Great running.

Damien

nowster
nowster60minGraduate

Good morning/afternoon, Damien. On this side of the Irish Sea we had a clear morning, but I too slept through it.

In Terra Mancunia we currently have a band of pelting rain slowly slanting through the area. Hopefully it'll clear by 3pm and I can go out for my planned Jeffing session before it gets dark.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Well I am just in from my Jeffing session. Like you I left it until after 3. I was having a lazy day. Hope you enjoy your run.Damien

nowster
nowster60minGraduate in reply to damienair

I got out! A 5.75km Jeffing (300m run/250m walk) in the dark. It was good fun.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello virtual buddies, no (not) parkrun for me this morning as Saturdays are far too busy here now that people can’t go shopping. City Fibre are attacking all the local pavements so we can’t run around residential streets or the prom.

However, I did a high tide and very windy (not ) parkrun with UTS on Monday, which included having our feet cooled off from the incoming lapping waves. Time including the 2 catch-my-breath breaks .33:30.

So on Thursday we went to a new running location and I was determined to keep going. It was still very windy and chilly enough to wear my thick long sleeve top, buff on my neck and gloves. A lovely running surface and not too busy so I achieved a (not) parkrun PB of 32:45, just 2 seconds off my my previous PB. Whoopie!

A slow long run to follow tomorrow or Monday methinks .

Happy running everyone 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🐕

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Whoop whoop! Well done Dexy, finally got there. I know you’ve been aiming to beat your (not) parkrun PB for a little while. Only problem with PBs is that there is always another one waiting for you 😂

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Very true Sandie, and I would still like to get get back to my real parkrun PB and I think this is the location to do it in the right conditions . We’ll do our speed challenge runs there in December.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy! You’ll be back at your PB before you know it! Brilliant. 👏👏👏👏👏

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Excellent Dexy. Very well done on your (not)parkrun PB. Huge Congratulations.

Damien

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien, I’m glad you managed to get out in the end. 🏃‍♂️👏👏

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Glad you enjoyed Alexandra Park foreshore Dexy and congrats on your PB !👍

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Yes we brought it forward a day because of the weather forecast, but we were probably a bit late to see you JP. Those 2 seconds really count!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Like ships that pass in the night!

MoliJ
MoliJGraduate10

Glad you had a lovely lie in this morning, sometimes it’s just what you need. Quite a dull day here in North Wales but tomorrow looks a lot better. Woke up this morning feeling like I could run but my husband managed to persuade me to give the IC couch a few more day. If my ankle still feels good on Wednesday I might try a gentle jog and then if all is well a 5k next Saturday. Hoping all of you have brilliant runs today or when ever you are doing them. Have a lovely weekend everyone x

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to MoliJ

Your right. A few extra days will do you good. I was at a Physio last Monday. I did not run all week until today. I feel the better of a weeks break. Best of luck for your run on Wednesday.

Damien

MoliJ
MoliJGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien, I am keeping my fingers crossed 🤞

Can anyone join this? Does it have to be a Saturday? Have you got a link to the rules?

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to shuffleido

Hey welcome. No rules. None at all. You can join in anytime. We just do this on a Saturday, but your 5K can be any one from the week. Some people do a 7K or a 10K and log a 5K portion of that run. Some people do their (not)parkrun 5K on a Friday or a Sunday. It doesn't matter when you do it.A group of us here used to run a 5K parkrun every Saturday morning at different locations all over. We were all big fans of parkrun. When pesky COVID-19 put a halt to parkrun I started posting every Saturday and we would just do our own 5K and report back here afterwards. Just for fun.

So welcome.

Damien

shuffleido
shuffleido in reply to damienair

I only graduated last week but plan to work my way up to 5K. I'm doing 5K 3 times a week but that's a mixture of walking and very slow jogging. Slow and steady wins the race - apparently.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to shuffleido

It does indeed and they count too. You can walk the full 5K, jog or run and a combination of all 3. Just pop along and let us know how you got on. I have had runs where I have really struggled and had to take walking breaks (regularly). So just get out and take part. Great to have you on board.

Damien

😀👍

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

Pleased to learn that my brother did his second (not)parkrun today. He has only done one parkrun, when they visited us at short notice and we were already committed to volunteering (I was tailwalker), so he and my nephew ran and my sister in law and younger nephew marshalled.

Even more pleased that my Monday time was faster than his today :)

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

I’m looking forward to running with my Sister and Brother at a parkrun when it comes back. There is going to be a new parkrun in the town where my parents live. So I’ll be planning on running that.

Damien

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Something else to look forward to

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

You must have needed the rest Damien, nothing wrong with that. I ran my not parkrun on Monday and my 5k time was 30.45.

Happy running all😊😊

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Buddy34

Well done speedy Buddy

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

🤣🤣need to try the actual parkrun route again Dexy to see if I'm any faster

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Buddy34

Nice time Buddy. Great running.👍

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Evenin' all ( copyright Dixon of Dock Green for those of you of a certain age!). A nice 5k this morning round one of my 'local roads' routes. Seems odd not to see all the kids' football practice when running through the park - just the dog walkers. Abandoned the 'slow running' approach today and achieved 29.51 - just under the wire! Goodnight all😀

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

🏃‍♂️👏👏👏👏👏

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Nice JonathanP. Well done on your sub 30 minute 5K time.Damien

Week7
Week7Graduate10

Hi Damienair, hi all,I've enjoyed reading everyone's running tales today. Now for my update_nothing exciting.

I am currently on week 6 of JJMP (distance) and still loving it (well , most of the time)

Damp, grey morning with a little wind so lovely weather for a run . Saturday is my longest run day so 5k was the last 5k of my 9k run. Clocked up 9k 1:02:20 last 5k 33:30 so not my fastest,but after having stitch for the first 3k I was just delighted that I managed to complete it feeling comfortable!

I've had stitch on my last couple of runs. I'm not getting any faster and haven't changed eating habits so I really can't workout why! Hope it's not my "new normal"

Have a good week all

Run safe.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Week7

The stitch seems to happen to me when I’m running fast and trying to talk! Long deep breaths usually works. Some on here have said that it is sometimes due to insufficient hydration. Well done on your 9k

Week7
Week7Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks for the information I'll try the slower breathing .I will also have a look at hydration, now you mention it both of the last 2 runs were the days following particularly intense work days . Working from home without the continuous office coffee cycle I sometimes forget to drink (or eat) when beavering away!

Run safe!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Week7

It’s easy to forget to drink so I fill a big jug with water and a few sprigs of mint or slices of cucumber and make sure I drink at least 1 jug in addition to teas and coffees. It’s a useful reminder

Week7
Week7Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks.I might pinch that idea!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Week7

Well done on your 9K. Good running.

Hello everyone. I've just completed 3.1 miles by walking and jogging. My time was 49.15, I know it's slow but I'm happy.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to shuffleido

Very well done. Your faster than all the people sitting on their couches.

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10

Hi damienair

I was determined to get out at some point this weekend, despite the gremlins and household events doing their best to thwart me. In the end it didn't happen until 2:30 this afternoon.

I did my 5k as part of a longer 7k /60 minute easy slow run Time for the first 5k was 42.48.

It was a nice relaxed run, in near perfect running weather - 10 degrees, beautiful sunshine and no wind. I ran down past the rugby club, around the local nature reserve and into the woods - which culminated in my feet getting totally submersed in a large muddy puddle 2 minutes before the end of my run. Ah well - I expect my running shoes will scrub clean .

I hope you enjoyed your lie in - sometimes we deserve it -and it sounds like you did!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Birdlady64

Well done on your 7K nice easy run and pity about the puddle. Hope your running shoes scrub up well, I'm sure they will. When ever I have gone into a muddy puddle I have kept my eye open for a nice non muddy puddle to use as a rinsing puddle to clean the running shoes. :-)Damien

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks!Love the idea of a rinsing puddle. I'll keep a look out for one next time.

Shoes washed and drying, although they are a slightly browner shade if blue now 😁

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

I trotted round my old Chichester parkrun course on Saturday. I have a lot of really good memories from this PR. I was actually really glad it wasn’t the real thing though as my legs were totally dead 😅 and I don’t think I could have gone any faster just scraping the 5k under 30 minutes. Contrast that with that today’s 5k of 21.50! What a difference a day makes! Really weird how these good and bad days happen. 🤷‍♂️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to BrianUK

Well done Brian. I'd be very happy with a sub 30 minute 5K now. I know what you mean. Last year my parkrun PB was 25:36, now I am struggling to do a sub 32 minute 5K. But still happy to be running. Wow, a 21:50 5K is super fast.Damien

damienair
damienairModerator

I forgot to do my own little run report. On Saturday I did my (not)parkrun at 3:30pm and just did a nice easy 5K on my usual 5K route. I took it nice and easy and made it across the line in a time of 32:57. It was great to get out and complete a run.

Damien

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