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damienairModerator

Good morning everyone,

I’m down at the local rugby club right now. One of my boys is doing training. I was up a little earlier butterflying a leg of lamb and making up a marinade for the BBQ later this evening.

As soon as I get home I will be changing into my running gear and going for my 5K. I ran on Monday and Wednesday this week. I’ve slowed down a lot over the last year but I’m working to build it back up again. I’ll be building in some longer runs and some speedier intervals as well. Today I will be just doing a nice gentle 5K. I’m looking forward to it.

Best of luck everyone on your (not)parkrun, enjoy yourselves and Happy Running. Have a lovely weekend.

Damien

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RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

Well done for getting out there damienair this week. Enjoy your gentle 5k and the BBQ later 😎

28.54 for me for Park run. Not a PB but happy with that after my almost HM on Thursday. Happy running (not) Park runners ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Well done to you RunWillie on running your almost HM and that 28.54 5K time for parkrun, is that a official Parkrun or (not) parkrun 🏃🏾?

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks AlMorr 👍🏻

Official Park run as we’re currently allowed to meet in Western Australia. When we’re in lockdown, I’ve always run a (not)Park run. It’s now a tradition to run a 5k as fast as I can go every Saturday morning 🤣

Hope you don’t mind me joining you (not) Park runners. Can’t wait until you’re back 👍🏻🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Of course you can join us (not) parkrunners RunWillie, I have just watched an item on television of how in certain parts of the Far East they are giving a person who has had a Covid 19 jab a reward, in one of the countries a man is given a 🐑 sheep, another a chicken, 🐓 not sure what they would get as an award in Australia or the UK. for getting a jab, in Scotland where I live it could be a free can of Irn Bru or even a can of Tennents Lager, certainly not a animal like in the far east.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

A free Pint of Guinness in Ireland. 😁

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

In England it would be a pint of cold beer after the jab.

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to damienair

A proper pint of draught (two stage pour) Guinness! 😋🇮🇪

It's got a completely different taste when you get it in Ireland. Even the cans bought over there are different to the ones for the UK market (different capacity, different taste), even though they're all brewed in Dublin nowadays.

(Although on the south coast, Murphy's might be the better kept brew. If the locals are drinking Murphy's instead of Guinness, follow the crowd.)

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damienairModerator in reply to nowster

We have a saying in Ireland that Guinness doesn’t travel well. Here there is a team of Guinness Quality Engineers who travel around Ireland making sure that the perfect pint is poured every time in the pubs. I have only ever had 1 pint of Guinness in England. The member of bar staff was a little miffed when I handed it back after 1 sip. It was awful.

I’ve taken to brewing my own beer since December. Enjoying a Pink Grapefruit IPA out beside the BBQ.

Pink Grapefruit IPA
Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

I’ll be round shortly Damienair - beer and BBQ lamb sounds just the job! And I didn’t run today!

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Homebrew... deadly stuff! The second time (of two, the first was the eve of my university graduation) I was properly drunk was on a friend's homebrew. IIRC the bitter came out at 6% and the mild at 8% ABV.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Ha Ha. Yeah I tried my hand at it after University. Awful. Gave up. But the quality of the kits has moved on a long way since then. Let’s just say I’ll be very disappointed when I next visit a pub unless I’m drinking the auld black stuff.😁

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Re: Guinness. I think there may be something to do with the mineral content of the water from the now closed London brewery that is replicated in the stuff that's exported across the water. Of course, it also depends on how well the pipework and nitrogen gassing machine is kept clean by the landlord of the pub.

A couple of years ago I learned that Guinness is big in Nigeria. A colleague (originally from there) was boasting that it was even better than the stuff we were served in the bar in the hotel next to Shannon Airport.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Yes seemingly the Nigerian Guinness by all accounts is excellent and very popular in that next of the woods.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thank you! AlMorr I love our 5k reports.

I’m not sure what we would get in Australia. A nice glass of 🍷

I would take the Irish Guinness over the Tennents Lager 🤣

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Just a cup of tea and a biscuit when you’re back home in England 😁

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Fab run RW and of course, the more the merrier! From our chats earlier on in the week it looks like this will become a hybrid parkrun/(not)parkrun chat when it finally comes back to the UK and Ireland anyway.Welcome to the mad Saturday 5k dash! It’s hard to break the habit once it’s set in 👏👏👏

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to RunWillie

Nice time and very well done on your HM during the week. Great running.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks damienair

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10

Nice photo of your rugby club Damien, I hope you enjoy your 5K run and later the BBQ.

It's now a year of (not) parkruns, I ran my 53rd not parkrun this morning running in my brand new London Vitality Virtual 10,000 T Shirt in the best time I have ran this year of 33.01 which I am quite happy with.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done AlMorr 👍🏻

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Great running Al and very well done on your 5K and fastest time this year. I’m sure you looked great in the new running top.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Just after I finished my run there was man who stared at me looking at my T Shirt, as at that moment I was reporting the run to my home parkrun website I didn't ask him what he was looking at, but I am quite sure he was reading what was om the T Shirt 👚

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al, perhaps the new shirt spurred you on 👍

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

It did TailChaser, I have now got two running T Shirts 👚Parkrun and that Vitality Virtual London 10,000 shirt, which is nothing compared to some runners who have at least 20 or 30 medals and T Shirts such as our friend IrishPrincess, perhaps you as well.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I think we would all struggle to have as many as IrishPrincess and she has been running much longer. I think I have about 15 medals but most of them are virtual as more than half of my running career has been through COVID now. Hopefully we’ll both get many more once things open up again.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

👍 🏃🏾 🥉

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done AlMorr - I was out running in my Vitality 10000 t-shirt too this morning!👍🙂

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Well done, you will know how comfortable it is running in that new T Shirt, 👚🏃🏾

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

It’s my new favourite! 😀

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

👚🏃🏾

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10

Good morning Damien! Your lamb sounds delicious 😋 My first run since last Sunday’s scorcher as we have been away in Wales this week and I didn’t manage to find the time to go for a run. Back to my usual home 5k route for my 53rd (not) parkrun and a time of 31.36. Enjoy your BBQ and have a great weekend

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Very well done Sandie. Great running and nice time. I am not a massive fan of Lamb. But my wife is. There is a leg of lamb in our freezer for months. So I took it out yesterday to defrost and deboned it this morning. It is marinated now with the juice of two lemons, 4 cloves of garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Everything tastes great off a BBQ so I’m going to cook it low and slow later.

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Yum 😋

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Mind if I pop over? 😂 😋😋😋😋

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damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Always welcome

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

😋😋😋😋😋

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie. If you’re legs felt anything like mine then they needed that rest 👍👍

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Hi Damien. Now I want lamb …… 😋

35:24 steady Eddie run for me. Took Coach Bennett along for some words of wisdom (NRC 5k Head Starts) and I felt strong throughout. No PB, but then again I wasn’t planning on trying for one. Enjoyed my run today. 🥰

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damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Very well done Cheeky. Great running. I ran last Monday, first full 5K in ages without a walking break. I was just under 34 minutes and I was thrilled. So a nice relaxing 5K can bring just as much pleasure as a PB. Happy running Cheeky.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Great that you’re on the way back Damien! You know you’ll get back to your speedy self! I love steady runs, they’re my favourite! 🥰

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10

Great news on your return to form Damien. I remember taking my son to rugby training on Saturday and enjoying a pint and some lunch in the club afterwards. I’m hoping to get out today for a slower and steady run as I have a sore hip and tight calf muscles at the moment and need to back off the intensity. I’m working on transitioning to a mid foot strike which will account for the sore calf muscles right now, but should improve my form and pace over time and hopefully help my back and hips. Enjoy your bbq later! 👍

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Have you thought about a sports massage Brian? I get tight calves and they really help all the way up. The downside is that they’re agony whilst they’re being done…🤔

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I think that’s a really good idea 👍 I did have one last year but it was disappointing. Maybe I should try again with a different therapist.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Yes, do it! Mine works at the physio clinic and she’s a marathon runner. There’s nothing to her but she can really get those thumbs and elbows into where it’s needed. A good sign if they’re good: you’re scared to go back but you do anyway. Good luck 👍

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to BrianUK

I hope you get sorted out soon. Slow and steady over time should help a lot. Hope you enjoyed your run.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. I did finally get out for a run and really enjoyed it as my hip was fine. Just a bit tight in one calf which is being iced as I write this. The run itself was an uneventful, but thoroughly enjoyable, 5k in 23.20

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to BrianUK

Great running. Wow that was super speedy. My PB is 25:36 and I gave it my all. A time of 23:20 would be unobtainable for me. Fantastic effort. Very well done.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Never say never Damien. If you’d told me just a few years ago that I’d be running sub 24 I’d have laughed at you. I am blessed with an abundance of short twitch fibres and I don’t fare well at long distances so I’ve stuck to 5 and 10k. It’s whatever works for you I suppose. Many more folk on here prefer distance over speed. Others just the joy of getting out there. Distance is just not my bag.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10

Hiya Damien, can you come to my house please? You do all this wonderful cooking 😋 Hope your son enjoyed his rugby and your 5k goes well 👍

We were a little late this morning with lots of faffing. The house needs a good clean so we were picking up cat fluff and children crumbs from everything rather than going out. The thought of this still not being the last (not)parkrun got to me I think. Only 4 weeks to…again.

Anyway, we made it out in the end. After a week of quads feeling like they were being squashed down by a large weight after Sunday’s 10k they finally feel ok today. That combined with it being so much cooler after the past couple of days rain, I went much quicker than I’ve gone in weeks: 26:32 which is my second fastest 5k 👍👍👍

Happy running everyone 👏👏👏

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Wow, fantastic pace TC that is absolutely fantastic. Congratulations. Great running. I tidied up the garage today. I’ll be washing the floors tomorrow. I’ve just a very basic Weber charcoal kettle BBQ but it cooks great food. I have been cooking on it every weekend since the beginning of April. I try to do something different every time. Never done a butterfly leg of lamb on it before.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thank you 🤗 good to know the pace is still there as I’ve felt a bit down since Sunday’s race.

We have a Weber too, they last forever! Unfortunately I don’t think we get the weather as good as you do so just doing a bog standard bbq is adventurous enough for us. I bet it’s going to be delicious 😋

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nowsterGraduate10

My fast 5km was on Tuesday this week (27'36").

Today was a 12km plod after a two day rest. A good, even run with no niggles. No running tomorrow.

Brunch today was bacon rolls. This evening we'll probably have "cheap cut" steak and chips. Tomorrow will be the easy slow cooker meal (based on beef skirt).

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Fantastic running, great time on your 5K and well done on your 12K. Enjoy your Steak and Chips.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello damienair and runny people, having run an 8k on 8 June, the following week involved eating , drinking and celebrating UTS’s big birthday in various locations. I didn’t get to run again until yesterday- in the rain. I can confirm that the food and drink did nothing to help my running but I did manage a slow 5k without any stops. I’m not sure I would have kept going without UpTheStanley but the rain certainly cleared most of the human obstacles on the prom. Only the mad runners, dog walkers and swimmers were out there.

Definitely one of those runs that felt better after the event. 37:01

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Sometimes it’s good to take your foot off the gas, Dexy! Glad you and UTS enjoyed his birthday celebrations!🙂

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

We had a great time Sandra, but it might take a while to reach match fitness again. 🤣

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

All in good time!🤣

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Given yesterday's weather in Portsmouth, you were probably doing a good impression of swimming along the prom Dexy!😜

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

💦💦🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️💦💦. Thankfully, it was just drizzle while we were out Jonathan. But I hear we had a month’s rain in one day.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Very well done Dexy and please pass on my best birthday wishes to UTS. Can’t wait to see you guys again some day on the South Coast.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

That will be great damienair. We are volunteering at junior parkrun tomorrow for a parkrun fix.

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damienairModerator

I got delayed earlier. A friend made a surprise visit and their Son spent the day here. Then I cleaned the Garage and mowed the lawn. So I was delayed going for my run. Just back now. I ran my 5K (not)parkrun in a time of 31:04. I feel I am getting stronger again. The kids had Pizza with their friend so BBQ plans have changed. I’ll do the lamb tomorrow instead and I’ll just do a simple little BBQ for myself and my good lady this evening.

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to damienair

It’s great when we feel our running is progressing isn’t it? 👍Your lamb sounds delicious - hope you all enjoy it tomorrow instead !🙂

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Great time. You are on your way back 👏👏

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10

A few missed runs for me due to vertigo earlier in the week, as well as heat and life getting in the way😞. So, weekend long run replaced with an ‘easy’ paced 5K on my local roads - and how lovely it was to get back out there! 🙂🏃‍♀️ Time 30:58 and feeling good! 👍😀

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Sandraj39

Very well done Sandra and great running. When you can run an easy paced 5K in a time of 30:58 you are doing well. Hope your vertigo gets lost.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Much cooler for my (not) parkrun this morning - just for a change I did an 'out and back' along a normally busy road, but at 8.30 it was relatively quiet and my time came in at 29.34.

That lamb should be well marinaded by tomorrow Damien - hope it is as delicious as it sounds! Well done on your 5k time - definitely moving in the right direction just in time for your return to parkrun next Saturday I believe? blog.parkrun.com/uk/2021/06...

We will be envious but our time will soon come!

😀

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

I think it is a while away yet here. But each week gets a bit closer. Very well done on your sub 30 minute 5K run.

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10

Very slow 5k today. But it was part if my first 12K. It took nearly 2 hours to do my 12K but I just wanted to finish and wasn't looking to break any records. At least I had the energy for food shopping later. It was 15 degrees when I started but only a tad warmer by the time I finished. Much more pleasant than the last week with 25 degrees heat.

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damienairModerator in reply to Rennur

Very well done. 12K is 12K, and not any easy distance. Great running.

Intended to do a 5K yesterday and thought about this Forum’s (not) Park Run. Ended up with 13K under my belt 🏃‍♀️. Very happy with that but suffering with recurring IT band problems at the moment 😩. Your lamb sounds wonderful , our favourite 😍

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Reggiegirl

Very well done on your run and also getting to fit in 13K. Hoping you don't have any other niggles or issues with your IT band. Thank you, the lamb was amazing, only ever doing it this way in the future.

Mormor1 profile image
Mormor1Graduate10

I lived opposite the Guiness brewery in Dublin for a while...the smell of it put me off it forever!

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damienairModerator in reply to Mormor1

Yes on certain days the smell from the brewery hangs in the air. Not so bad when your passing by, but I could imagine that if you lived close by how it would turn you off it.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

I was told by my son in law who visited Dublin several years ago that the lease for the Guinness brewery is to last for 1,000 years on the site it's on at present, I am not sure if that is correct.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator

If anyone is interested I will only ever cook lamb on a BBQ in the future. Good grief to say it was amazing does not do it any justice at all. As the younger folk would say, it was amazeballs.

Beer
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damienairModerator

Lamb on Weber BBQ

Leg of lamb butterflied

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