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damienair
damienairModerator

Good morning everyone,

I hope you are all well and in good form during these ever extended strange times. It is Saturday, which means it is (not)parkrun day. Weather was shocking here yesterday, but it is much nicer today. So I am looking forward to running my 5K today and also looking forward to having a nice scone and a coffee afterwards. I am also looking forward to reading all your post run reports later.

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. Everyone is welcome, so don't be shy.

So Happy Weekend and Happy running, walking, jogging, chuffing, crawling etc.

Damien

73 Replies
AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Good morning Damien, this morning in light rain and drizzle with the temperature at +6C, compared to - 6C last Saturday I ran my 44th Virtual Parkrun, 31st (not) parkrun, on that particular course only 2 minutes away from home I have never ran a sub 35 minute 5K, that still stands as my time this morning was 36.51, perhaps next week I'll be back to my route around the loch where 99%of my runs have been sub 35 minutes, JUST passed the age grading at 50.57%, it was nice running with no ice or snow to avoid.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

We just need to make the best of things at present Al; no sense in risking a fall. You just keep going and going 👏👏👍👍

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

The cold weather may be back by next weekend.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al. Just getting out there and running at all is a win at the moment. I've given up worry about pace and time. I'll wait for parkrun to return before I start worrying about pace etc. I'm just back in from run now. I'm going to be cooking dinners now for a while. Batch cook a couple of dinners for the week ahead. Chicken Curry and then a Tomato sauce with meatballs.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Morning Damien, our weather here has been the reverse of yours. I took one look at today's forecast (wind and rain all day) and wimped out! So I did my (not) parkrun yesterday, when it was sunny, if a little on the chilly side - I had to watch out for a few icy patches. Scores on the doors - 28.51.

Enjoy your (not) parkruns today!😀

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Congratulations to you JonathanP on that sub 30 minute (not) parkrun 5k, well done 😀 🏃🏾

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al - not too shabby for you either!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Good run JP, I am getting a bit more choosy about the conditions I will run in; if waiting a day offers a better run I will go for it!! Nice pace as ever. 👍

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC - yes why not do it when you can make the most of it!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Beautiful out there now though Jonathan. But we’ve planned on running tomorrow for the same reason.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

That's weather forecasts for you! Enjoy tomorrow.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Nice time and well done. Yes I was supposed to go for a 5K walk yesterday evening and wimped out too. It was blowing a gale and very heavy rain. No way I was going out in that. So I drank some nice craft beer instead.

Damien

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Sounds good - cheers!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Hi Damien and friends. 🥰

Today is my birthday and I’d love to be able to say I had a wonderful celebratory PB run in the sunshine with no rain, wind or mud. I had none of the above! It was raining, windy and very muddy, although I’m beyond caring now and it was great fun. 👏👏 Typically the sun’s out now. 🙄

My times nosedive in conditions like that but who cares? Today I squelched along in 39:54! Each step felt like the brakes were going on - but hey it’s character building! 🤣

Oh, I got a wonderful medal display hanger from my kids. And gin. And we’re having takeaway for supper from our favourite Thai restaurant later. 😋

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Happy Birthday Cheeky. I am glad that you enjoyed your run, despite the weather.

Enjoy your birthday meal

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Thanks RAS. 🙏🏻🥰

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Happy birthday cheeky! Enjoy the birthday celebrations!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I shall, thanks OGR! 👏😀

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Happy Birthday to the cheekiest chipmunk ever👏👏🥂🍾🍸. Have a socially distant blast!!Running in the mud is an heroic effort. For the first time ever I have taken to the roads since New Year; can’t wait to get back to trails! Epic effort as ever cheeky 🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I’d like to say I chose the muddy option BC. In all honesty I don’t have a choice if I want to be conscientious and stay as local as possible. Unlike the first lockdown when there were no cars around and our road was safe to run on, this time it’s still really busy. Hmph!

But thank you! It does make you feel epic after a run like that. Now the food and drink fest begins! 😋🤣

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

A very happy birthday to you Cheeky, indeed a PB sub 30 minute 5k (not) parkrun in a light breeze with a 15C sunny temperatures would have been wonderful, however, that not withstanding you still enjoyed your birthday run, enjoy the rest of your birthday 🎂 with some birthday cake if you wish to. 😊

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al! Believe me, I’d be celebrating for a week if I ran sub 30 even in the calmest conditions! ☀️

Birthday cake is definitely on the cards. 🎂

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Happy birthday cheeky. We had to go for a drive to charge up my car battery yesterday so drove to QECP and walked the parkrun route. Gee it was muddy. Glad we were in walking boots and not running it.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy. 🥰

I ran down by the river just before lockdown and immediately regretted my decision. This year has been so wet. Wetter than last year I’m sure. 💦💦💦

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Many Happy Returns ( and re-runs) Cheeky!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks Jonathan! Plenty of reruns to be had! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Happy birthday Cheeky and congratulations on your persistence (bloody mindedness 😅) Hope you got Mr Cheeky to clean your shoes - they looked extremely claggy! Enjoy your gin and cake 🥂🎂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie. 😀 No, sadly Mr Cheeky wouldn’t go near my shoes (funny that!). They’re upside down on the radiator waiting to be bashed off in the morning, ready for another muddy run! 🏃‍♀️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh a very Happy Birthday to you Cheeky. I wish you a lovely evening, enjoy your Thai Takeaway and Gin. And very well done on going out for a run in those conditions. Happy Birthday.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. Thai demolished, gin being quaffed and cake imminent! I’ll need a run tomorrow to work all this off. 🙄😋

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Happy birthday Cheeky

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks Coddfish! 🥰

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Morning Damien - love the photo! No report from me this week as I’m on the IC with a grumbly hip at the moment; fortunately I have a physio appointment next week so hopefully things will be ok after that!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

But you did do a (not) parkrun on Thursday in the drizzle.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

That’s very true!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Wishing you a speedy recovery and a return to running soon. Enjoy the IC and I'm sure the Physio will sort you out.

Damien

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien, fingers crossed 🤞!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Hope the physio does the business OGR......

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I have every confidence JP!

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

It was a surprisingly nice morning, the ice has melted - cleared away by the heavy overnight rain which has passed over and it wasn’t too cold. I even had to remove my hat and gloves.

I had a strangely fast section from the bottom of the hill. I wondered how long I could keep it up but then worried that it was too early in the run and I might run out of steam. So I slowed down a bit, but obviously not too much because my 5k was 36.06.

I actually ran 6k but my official VRun Club time picked up from my Garmin was for 5k so that is the time I will use for my (not)parkrun.

My fastest Saturday run since October and a VRun Club pb.

I think I earned my 2nd breakfast this morning.

If anyone wants to join me on the Saturday VRun here is the link

members.vrunclub.com/vrun5

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Well done on your PB and on your run.

RunWillie
RunWillieGraduate10

Hello everyone,

2nd ParkRun for me. 34.48 according to Strava although I think my official ParkRun time is less. Managed to pace myself better today with 7.43, 7.11, 7.11,6.23,6.23. No low heart rate training for me today 🤣 ❤️🏃‍♀️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunWillie

Very well done on your second (not) parkrun, great running.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

First 5k since New Year's Day!!!! I was in "5k or bust" mode again; I can't let a dicky calf keep me on the couch. My fitness has suffered. Today was another road run; the forest trails are treacle! Only fit for a chipmunk! One problem I have with new routes is that I tend to run on auto pilot, forgetting that the topography is different to my usual routes; so I find myself gasping for breath....and then I notice that I am running up hill! Anyway 5k done at a steady 34:38. Most important point is that ( Shhhhhhhhhhh).......my calf feels ok!! So this could be the start of yet another comeback 🤞

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Excellent news about the calf BC - I hear they call you the Comeback Kid!😜

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Amongst other things!!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Very well done and great to hear that your calf felt ok. Great running after a two week break.

Damien

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Cheers Damien, excellent 5k from you. I have shied away from RED; still got that only run every other day rule buzzing around in my head! Time I ditched those L plates!! 🙄

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

I'm still only running every second day. I am trying to also walk 5K on the other days.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Me too. I ran a few short extra runs for the GNR to get the 40 runs in 78 days, but I do like my rest days.

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10

Hi Damien

Loving that photo!

It was the exact opposite here. Todays (totally accurate) forecast was for overnight rain, possibly turning to snow , and then wet for most of the day today so I decided to run yesterday in my lunchbreak. My aim was a nice relaxed 5k with no particular time in mind.

It was 4 degrees and overcast so I did a double layer on top with buff and gloves. I ended up being way too hot though, despite ditching the gloves, unzipping zips and pushing up sleeves as far as possible. I probably should have stopped to take off a layer but wanted to keep going.

Despite seriously overheating, an elevated heart rate, and splits all over the shop, I managed another sub-40 minute 5k (my 5th now) so things seem to be heading in a positive direction. 🤞

Happy running all! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Birdlady64

Very well done and great time coming in sub 40 mins. Yeah I thought the pic was funny 😄

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Hello! It took me a while to get myself psyched up to go out today and then noticed there was skiing on Eurosport so I’ve only just got back. Warmer with the sun trying to peep through the clouds, but incredibly wet after last night’s rain. Anyway, an uneventful 33.10 and that takes me over the halfway point for RED January. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Very well done Sandie. I’m watching Ski Sunday at the moment. Well done too on Red January.

Damien

Imc50
Imc50Graduate10

Doubling up that not a Parkrun damienair just squeezed it before work phew, nearly detailed by a washing machine calamity 😳 nice steady 30min time ✅

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Imc50

Well done on your 30 minute 5K.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Cheers damienair how's your January Running going?

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Imc50

OK, I am running 5K every second day or so and walking 5K on the other days. I missed a couple due to snow and ice and my wife working. So I have to make up 19K. I walked 7.5K in 1 hour and 8 minutes today so that is another 2.5K back. So 16.5K to pull back now. I want to get to 155K by the 31st of January.

Imc50
Imc50Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Top man 💪💪

nowster
nowsterGraduate10

Probably a 5km walk for me today. Don't want to aggravate the knee which is healing nicely so far.

nowster
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to nowster

The walk was just over an hour, and 6km exactly. Only a couple of very brief jogging intervals to check the knee. It was very wet out there, having rained for most of the night. Lots of huge puddles and mud. My socks were soaked, but because they're wool mix they didn't feel cold after the initial wetting.

Hoping to be able to run again early next week.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

I did a 7.5K walk today. I hope your knee is better soon and you can be back running next week.

Damien

nowster
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Another walk today. Herself wasn't up to it (tummy troubles), so what would probably have been under a mile with her became 6.5km solo instead.

I did about three lamppost-to-lamppost jogs just to check things. I might be able to do a longer (2km-ish) jog tomorrow.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Great to hear.

damienair
damienairModerator

Just back in from my 5K run. It is a lovely day, little windy, but dry. Much nicer than the snow and ice from last week. I ran in a time of 30:04 and in the last 600 meters had an awful stitch. I have my stretches done, had a drink and now I'll have a nice warm shower followed by a coffee and a scone.My 5K per day for January has had a few hiccups. I've missed 4 days so will have to make up those extra kilometres during the rest of January so as to finish with 155K. 61k done so far, I'm 19K behind. I'll go for a long walk tomorrow.

Damien

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It's really tricky isn't it? I'm guessing you have the same in Ireland where you're only allowed out for exercise once? It's making it very difficult to get the usual mileage in. We got eldest kitten to meet up with us today with coats so we could have a longer post run walk.Hope your stitch has gone x

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Thanks the stitch went as soon as I stopped running. I did a 7.5 k walk today.

Damien

Hey - firstly love the photo of Cath and Kel!

I did a fabulous 5k this afternoon - felt amazing. No snow or ice where I am but plenty of puddles - slipped twice! I upped my pace a bit and still felt good - can’t wait for my next run

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to VG11

Very well done on your run. Glad you didn’t have a fall after your slip. Yeah I loved the pic. Very funny.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Hiya Damien,oooh scones....you've just got me thinking of the wild garlic and cheese scones I made last year and that it's getting nearer to wild garlic time again...yum 😋 In fact today's (not)parkrun felt like it was in almost spring-like conditions. We managed to find a couple of hours in the day when it wasn't dark and miserable (like now) and it felt almost warm, I even took my bobble hat and gloves off towards the end. The weather hasn't been quite as bad as it was predicted to be honest, so that's making life a little more perky.

So this was day 16 of RED and thankfully my legs have recovered from the 3x Joe Wicks sessions in the middle of the week, so I felt pretty good apart from the usual feelings of trepidation. We left it a bit late (yet again) and because it was sunny the roads & pavements were busy with people making the most of it.

Breathing was a bit heavy but we started off way too quick. Possibly just as well though as we had to navigate round groups of people and cars a fair bit until we got to The Hill. Once over the brow I stayed behind Katnap for a bit, using his slipstream!! The end of the run just got silly with loads of people as I approached the final corner. I suppose we really need to just get up earlier 😩 Anyway, 27:41 this week, which is my 3rd fastest, so very happy with that 👍

I did actually do an extra one this week, on Wednesday, as I was getting bored. So I took it at a much more sedate speed and recorded just over 34 minutes, it made a nice change!

Have a great, safe, week everyone xx

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Great running again TC. Great time. The post run coffee and scone was lovely.

LottieMW
LottieMW60minGraduate

Aargh...I forgot all about this until I had my weekly results email from Park Run...which meant that I missed entering *any* times last week. 🤦🏻‍♀️

...but not too late for here 😅

My actual 5km Run was Tuesday...I felt tired and it wasn’t that brilliant ☹️ ... 5.04km in 50:45.

Now yesterday, I did a “short” run of 3.5km...over the same route...(having extended it with walking to 5km). Runkeeper gave me 49:27 and my 3rd fastest 5km on there!

So there you go...I must try and enter my times for this week 🙄😬

WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate10

Am i too late? I ran 5k this morning at a nice slow pace interspersed with running away from zombies, 49 minutes, one day i will see if i can walk it any faster

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