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AlMorrGraduate10

Hi, I 'am Alan-Almorr, our friend Damienair who usually hosts (not) parkruns on a Saturday has asked me to host them while he has a well deserved break with his family.

Once you have completed your (not) parkrun or official Parkrun if you live in a country such as N Ireland report here on the forum on how your run went, such as time and how the weather was, good luck.

The photo is the place I run my regular (not ) parkruns.

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RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

That looks beautiful AlMorr 👍🏻Park run was cancelled for us again 😢

I’ve been light on running this week due to torrential rain so opted not to run (not) Park run and went for a 5 mile slow run. Happy (not) park running to everyone ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Sorry about your parkrun being cancelled, however, well done on running that slow 5 miles run👍🏃🏾

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Oh no, RW, that’s a shame. At least you got some running in anyway 👍

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Jools2020Graduate10

I went for a slow 5K as well this morning! I was aiming to keep in Zone 3 and (mostly) succeeded. Weather was overcast and not too warm. It took me about 44 minutes and was a most enjoyable run.

Great photo, Al! 👍😊

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Glad you like the photo of where I run most of my (not) parkruns, well done to you Jools on your run today 🏃🏾 👍

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Jericho2332Graduate10

I did a 5k in around 28 mins while doing interval running ( I jog between intervals, never stop).

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Jericho2332

Congratulations to you Jericho2332 on completing your 5K sub 30 minutes, well done, that is very good you don't walk or stop while doing intervals.

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Sandie1961Graduate10

Couldn’t think of a better person to look after things while Damien is on his hols! Well done! A very humid 16c after heavy rain yesterday and there were a lot of puddles, but a reasonable 31.46 for my 55th (not) parkrun. Next week (UK and French travel announcements permitting🤞) I will be back running in the vineyards of the Dordogne. Gutted to be missing the restart of real life parkrun but it’s been 10 months since we’ve been able to go so that will be a consolation

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks for the compliments Sandie1961, you had a good run despite the humid conditions, congratulations on your 55th (not) parkrun, by the way I ran my 56th (not) parkrun on Wednesday, but as that was part of my 17th 10K, I submitted my split 5K time of 35.18 onto my home parkrun website, well done on your 31.46 time today 👍😊🏃🏾

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I think that balances out Sandie and you can still record (not)Parkruns anyway and you can do them with Shakes too!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

🤞for you Sandie. 🇫🇷

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

How lovely to see you hosting Al. You’re the king of (not) PR so it seems the perfect role for you in damienair’s absence. 😀👊

I must admit to not putting much effort into my (not) PRs recently. I’m counting down the weeks to the real thing (oh so close now ……. surely?!) But I’ve still been running the course and counting one of my HM plan speed runs by jogging the warmup and cooldown to make up 5k.

This weeks was a progressive tempo run of 23 minutes. 12 minutes out, 11 minutes back over the same distance. I managed it and it was lots of fun. So with the 5 minute warmup that made 28 minutes, leaving me with just over 1k for my cooldown. Done and dusted in 36:39. Two birds, one stone! 😀🏃‍♀️🐕

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done CC, just for a fraction of a second I thought you had ran it in a time of 23 minutes, ha no, that's just a dream, it was your tempo, still very good, 36.39 is a reasonable time as you are doing that HM plan speed runs, it won't be long before the official Parkruns return.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Oh believe me Al, if I’d run 5k in 23 minutes, I’d be treating all my VRBs to slap up meals! 😂

I was pleased with my run. 23 minutes of faster pace, with slow warmup and cooldown either side. It makes the run more interesting. 😀

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

👍 🏃🏾

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

cheekychipmunks meant you are the King of Not Parkrun I think Al. Auto correct works overtime on here. 🤴🏼😂

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

That’s sooo odd Dexy5 and AlMorr. I noticed that autocorrect and went back to edit it twice. The last time it DEFINITELY said king when I saved it! I’ll try again. 🙄🙄

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Shows I know you so well

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It does Dexy. I’m my own grammar/spelling police, and always go back to edit my posts. I need to get a life! 🤣

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Done! 🙄🙄🙄🙄

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Lol, you and Dexy saying that I am the King of (not) parkrun, OK, that is a new title for me.

(not) parkruns have been on now for 56 weeks, I have now ran 56 not parkruns but some runners run 3 a week, I noticed someone had run 156 (not) parkruns, but he is not on this forum.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

You’re definitely King Al. 👑

Wow, 156 (not) PRs? That person is very keen! 💥

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RunaroundSueGraduate10

Hi AlMorrWe had a slow (not)parkrun this morning because our legs are still feeling the effort from our Thursday walk on the Cleveland Way. Being coastal there were a lot of steps. We were glad to rest at a pub before our walk back to the campsite along a flattish Cinder Track, which was a disused railway.

On Wednesday we ran a 5k along the track.

Near disaster was averted this morning when we were walking to the start of our run. I noticed that my Garmin was not counting steps. For some reason this happens occasionally after we have been charging our watches.

So we went home, plugged it in for a minute then made sure it was counting before setting off again.

So glad that I noticed because it was day 555 of my 10000 steps a day streak, otherwise I would have had to go for a long walk after my run and 2nd breakfast.

We have both signed up to be Barcode Scanners on 24th July and are planning some parkrun tourism in August when we are at two music festivals

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Wow Sue, the 555th day of 10,000 steps, congratulations, this week I have ran or walked +10,000 steps on Wednesday, during that run my watch buzzed 10,000, when I was running my 17/th 10K. On both Thursday and Friday my watch buzzed 10,000 when I was out my walk with Holly the dog but on other days I have not got to 10,000 steps, usually around 8,000 steps.

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

We walk or run every day to maintain the streak

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

That is a excellent achievement, well done 😀 🏃🏾 🚶

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Day 555?!! That’s amazing Sue! 👏👏👏

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

We're keeping going...........

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Well done you

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Doris8 in reply to RunaroundSue

Wow that’s amazing 555 days 10000 steps . How long are you doing this for? Is it an ongoing challenge? You must have good feet . My challenge is Garmin 300000 steps in July and I did the last one in June. Mines is walking . Absolutely brill👏👏👏

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Doris8

We last missed the 10000 on 2nd January 2020 after a horrible long, wet drive home from Weston super Mare.But we were not on a particularly high number before that, maybe 70 or so.

It's not a challenge, other than not to break the streak.

Before that I didn't always manage on Tuesdays because I volunteer in a charity shop and often on a travelling day we didn't feel like a long walk after the journey.

But lockdown certainly helped because we went for a decent walk or run every day and now it has become a habit. On Tuesdays I walk the long way round to the shop and make up the steps after I finish. Our daily average is about 13000 at the moment. It was much higher when we were doing about 5 miles a day for LeJog

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Doris8 in reply to RunaroundSue

That’s great it keeps you fit. I think just now I’m about 10000 a day and mines are made up with on my feet all day at work etc. 😊

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BrianUKGraduate10

Hi Al and thank you for stepping into Damien’s shoes while he is away 👍 I did my (not)Parkrun yesterday along Brighton sea front but it was very warm with a stiff southwesterly. So I turned at 2.5 to get the benefit of the wind at my back. I am testing a new pair of shoes so made this a slightly quicker tempo run. The run felt good and I finished in 22.57.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

I think you were my inspiration this week Brian 😁

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Blimey thank you 😊 You certainly smashed that PB! 💪

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Amazing what a change of shoe can do 😀

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Pow, that’s how it’s done Brian! Brilliant. 💥

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you Cheeky 😊 Not all my faster runs are that good. I have to choose my moments carefully 😅

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

22.57 Brian, that is a excellent time, congratulations, running by the sea along a prom is really good, my graduation run was along a promenade, about 30 miles away from where I live, certainly the new shoes helped you a lot, once again congratulations on that sub 25 minute 5K. 😊 🏃🏾

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al. I do enjoy the sea front running even though the wind can be very unforgiving and energy sapping. I’m beginning to enjoy the new shoes and believe they now have a place in my rotation. 👍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Well done speedy BrianUK. Will Brighton be your home parkrun now?

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy. I’m going to be alternating between Brighton and Chichester. They’ll both be my home parkruns I suppose.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Look forward to meeting you at Chichester Parkrun one day.

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes, that would be lovely. 👍😊

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TailChaserGraduate10

Hiya Al,

I forgot about Damien’s holiday. Thank you for hosting in his absence.

Our (not)parkrun today is possibly the last fast one we will do on a Saturday as next Saturday we will be tapering for Sunday’s HM. So today I decided to make the most of it…

My new shoes arrived yesterday. I won’t go into too much detail as I’m going to write the obligatory ‘shoe porn’ post but suffice to say they have ‘speed’ written on one of the insoles.

It was chilly and a bit drizzly but there was an undercurrent of humidity and I had a hay fevery chest.

We were a bit late out so it was quite busy with cars and people but I knew it was going to be fast when the first k ticked along at 5:13. It was positive splits after that but the last one was sub 5mins. Couldn’t quite believe it as I heaved myself round the final bend to see 26:08 on my watch. Pb by 15 seconds 💪

Thank goodness my GPS behaved this week 😅 Happy running everyone 👏👏👏

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

You’re on 🔥 TC! Supersonic new shoes! 🏃‍♀️👊🔥💥

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

They’ve got booster rocket soles cheeky, nitrogen infused apparently 🤷🏻‍♀️

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I wish you luck for your HM a week tomorrow, well done for today's not parkrun in a time of 26.08 and a PB to boot by 15 seconds, so glad that your GPS behaved its self.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al, much appreciated. Praying for a cooler day next week 🤞🤞

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Brilliant, congratulations, you just get quicker and quicker ⚡️☄️💥

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Don’t think I’d have done it without the shoes Sandie, slightly cheating really 😉

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Amazing TC; are the new shoes vapour flies??🚀

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC 🙏 No, no carbon fibre in these and much cheaper. They’re Brooks Hyperion Tempo so they have bubbles of nitrogen in the soles (Katnap understands these things better than me, I just copied him!) and they are light as a feather.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

🙂 Good first outing for them👍

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh yes 😊

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done to those new speedy shoes.And to those legs driving them, of course

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Thanks Sue, I gave them all a good pat afterwards and we’re all looking forward to a bit of tapering now 👍

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Kerpow 💥 💥 Super run TC 👍💪🤩

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks Brian 😀

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Great to see you in the chair Al; your qualifications and experience are impeccable!! The same does not apply to me in that my latest run doesn’t match the non park run spec. It was 10k and I did it yesterday! My second slowest 10k ever, but I cheered up when I discovered that the elevation gain was 95m. I was totally cream crackered well before the finish, but gritted my teeth and carried on.

My excuse is that I am trying to slowly build up distance again and everything else has to take second place. Now that we are back from holiday I will try to rejig my runs to leave Saturdays free for Park Runs; really looking forward to it. 🙂

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

You are allowed to use your 5K split time as a (not) parkrun on any longer runs than a 5K, I ran a 10K on Wednesday, you may have seen my report and the photograph of the Wallace Monument, my split 5K time was 35.18 which I posted to my home parkrun website, several runners have done that, I have never had anyone saying that is wrong.

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al. Best 5k was 37:42. Good base from which to improve!!

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OldflossAdministrator

Beautiful photo Al x

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

I am happy that you like the photo I took of the place (Broadwood Loch) that I run most of my runs, I also walk around it with my Thursday morning walking group and have cycled round it many times, it looks lovely but does have dangerous currents under the water, no one ever swims there, sadly a man who did swim in the loch died way back in 1995 not long after the man made loch opened, before 1995 it was just a swamp, the local council made a dam at one end allowing a stream to make it the loch it is now.

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sTrongFuseGraduate10

I ended up going for 10 miles today. It wasn't planned; just kind of ended up that way, in part due to me misremembering how far the wood I was heading to actually was.All good though, and I met these guys along the way...

Alpacas
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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to sTrongFuse

Good 10 miles run for you yesterday sTrongFuse.

On Saturday morning I went a walk around the Dunfermline Parkrun course, I met a man who recognised me and was just about to finish his Saturday morning 5K run who invited me to join in, however, as I had already run 10K on Wednesday and ran, run 3 of week 8 of C25K (28 minutes) on Friday with my friend from my Thursday morning walking group who is doing C25K I just continued to walk.

The way things are going, one wonders when normal things like parkruns or rugby matches will return.

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Kat332zzGraduate10

Hi Al thanks for stepping in. My 5k this week is slow as it is the first 5k of a 135 min run in hr zone 2, so 37:58, marathon training is sure putting a dent in my 5k times, roll on October when I can do it 🤞🏻and go back to the shorter distances.

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Kat332zz

I wish you good luck for your marathon training, once that marathon is over you will be able to run a 5K sub 30 or 35 minutes.

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Dexy5Graduate10

Hello Al, what a lovely pic of your run. We had a great running buddy meet up on Friday in the morning sunshine. JonathanP joined me, UpTheStanley and mr Coddfish for a run along the prom. I have to say it was incredibly warm so we were quite grateful for the cooling breeze on the last leg. We were cheered in by Coddfish, who is on the injury couch at the moment, but still able to enjoy a good breakfast.

Who needs a running coach when you’ve got an UpTheStanley! He ran alongside me telling me my pace, what my finish time would be, and telling me how well I was doing....... but the heat got too much for a record run and I came in at 34.19. My parkrun target is now sub 33 as opposed to sub 31 before the pandemic.

It was lovely catching up with Jonathan again, next time I hope it will be at real parkrun. Not long folks.

South Parade Pier
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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Late again! I blame my phone, which needed a factory reset yesterday. 😔 Yes a most enjoyable run on Friday - great to meet up with the Southsea crew again in the lead up to you know what! As Dexy said, it was rather warm, particularly as I was running later than I normally do, so I was pleased to finish in 29.37.

I posted in this thread last week about needing to make a decision about some new shoes. Should I stick with the latest version of my trusty Sauconys, or go for something a bit different - in this case, Mizuno Wave Inspire 17? Well, I decided to go for the Mizunos, which I have since discovered are not everybody's favourite shoe! However 3 runs in, they seem to be suiting me - a little more bouncy than the Sauconys, which I am happy with. Fingers crossed that continues.😀

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

The best shoes are the ones that suit you JP, and very smart they look too. Have you forgotten the new shoe photo? 😂 👟👟

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Just because you asked nicely Dexy!😜

New shoes!
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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It’s the wave that makes you go faster

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

That also is a lovely photo of where you run, perhaps not on that beach, but along the prom beside it.That was a good run for you with a time of 34.19 with the help of UpTheStanley, great meeting JonathanP and mr Coddfish, sorry about Coddfish being on the IC.

This morning I went on a 24K bike ride and saw 12 runners🏃🏾 and 23 other cyclists🚴

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks AlMorr, it’s going to be a long IC unfortunately - I need a replacement hip.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10

Good morning Al, We went out this morning and my intention was to run 5k (not) parkrun keeping my heart rate low, and it was a fantastic slow run, the sun came out the air was warm and running about as slow as i could. So it took 55 minutes but hey, I saw the grass, I saw the trees, I saw the sea 😀have a great Sunday all

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Nice easy 5K run for you today W&S, I am so glad that you enjoyed it, this morning I went a 24K bike ride and saw 12 🏃🏾runners and 23 other cyclists 🚴

Hi well done on your temporary promotion , you deserve it . As you know I have only been walking but have been entering my times in not parkruns . I did walk actually 10.25 km but my time for first 5km was 46.18 . I am on Active 10 and putting my 10 km there with some photos on a very humid morning. 😀👏

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Doris8

Great walk for you Doris8, you may have gathered by now that I go long walks on a Sunday morning during the winter months and bike rides on a Sunday morning, like I did this morning during the summer months, your 46.18 time is very good for a brisk walk and perhaps a little running as well, I average 55 minutes for a 5K walk but have "power-walked" it in 47 minutes" I think Active10 is mainly for walking, by the way I am a member of the Health Walks Community, I go a 4K walk with them every Thursday morning around that loch which you see at the top of this post.

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Doris8 in reply to AlMorr

I just ran this walk tried the other day and hip still not right. Did the 10.25 walk in 1 hour 36.55. Yes it was brisk . Yes I saw that in your post when I said was walking but go out on my own early early bird me. Try to fit in my walks early as working at 9 am . Your walk look lovely very scenic😊

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Raisemeup60minGraduate

Hi Almorr, can we do a not Parkrun on any day of the week, I've been resting this week due to a minor procedure but plan on resuming 5k run in the week?Many thanks for taking it on I agree you are definitely suited to it. Best wishes ☺️

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Raisemeup

The answer to your question is YES, you can do a (not) parkrun any day of the week, just like official (not) parkruns, their week is from Monday to Sunday, you can run as many as you want to, at least one a day but I have not read of anyone running any more than 3 in any 1 week.

Damienair only posts this Healthunlocked (not) parkrun on a Saturday morning but you can run your (not) parkrun any day from Sunday to Saturday and post your report when the (not) parkrun post appears that day.

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Hedgehogs123Graduate10

what a beautiful place to run!I had a lovely run yesterday, it was lovely weather despite them saying we would have showers(!) and even though its taken me a year to get to a sub 30 for 5km, and it is only approx 40 - 5- secs, its still a sub 30 ! 😁

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Hedgehogs123

Congratulations on that sub 30 minute 5k, well done, I am glad that you like that photograph, it is a beautiful place to run 🏃🏾, walk🚶or 🚴 cycle

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LottieMWAmbassador

Hi Al…a natural deputy for Damien!

Did my usual #SundayRunday…today was 5km over my local Park Run course. I had a go at jeffing, 60/30…but Strava GPS played up before I’d even gone 1km 🙄

Restarted Strava and carried on. Then my timer played up and I realised the intervals were 60/60 🙄🙄

Anyway…completed my 47th (not) Park Run in 46:21 (44.41% age grade). Actually covered 7km with warm up/cool down walks and the Strava restart 😬🙄

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Good run for you yesterday LottieMW, apart from the tech problems, perhaps you could run without all those technical GPS etc and just use a watch for timing👍🏃🏾

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LottieMWAmbassador in reply to AlMorr

Thank you Al 😊I like to have a record! 🙄😁

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

👍 🏃🏾

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OmiahGraduate10

Hi - hope I’m doing this right. Your post was pinned, so I write here to say I ran 10k . Do you load the Graduate10 badge?

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Omiah

If you have run a 10K, congratulations, it's the administrations who give out the badge which is the work Graduate10, you will see that next to your username once you have told the administrators that you have run your first 10K.

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roseabiAdministrator in reply to Omiah

Hi there! I have spotted this and awarded you your badge - congratulations!!!

In case anyone asks you how to claim a.badge, go to the pinned area (as you did) - scroll a bit to find the Badge Request post, and post a comment there xxx

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OmiahGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Thanks Rose! I knew about the pinned messages but not the bade request posts. Thank you for the award!

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roseabiAdministrator in reply to Omiah

No worries, and the badge looks great on you!! 😊😊😊

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