Parkrun 5

I'm a bit late posting this time.

I have had a really bad week and needed a good run. Life hasn't been good and I was quite ill in the morning but I thought I'd go anyway and see how I felt. I did it expecting the worse from the weather as we had a forecast of rain. It was cloudy at first but before the first K was done it was hot and sunny. I listened to the stamina workout again as I find this starts at the right speed and then paces me up. I had my eyes on someone the same speed as me today. First time ever! I fell back a bit, caught back up and repeated several times! When the speed upped 160 I over took two girls who were running fast then walking at intervals. I have never overtaken before! How exciting! I then caught up to my target again and just before the last stretch along the promenade the speed upped to 165.... I got passed her and kept going as hard as I could!

I have a new PB 37:19! That's 8 seconds off my last run! and 42 seconds off my PB from 4 years ago when I was 2.5 stone lighter! The other news is I've lost 3lb! Made my day!

That's two PB's in a row! Even better I spoke to the girl I was chasing down (Paula) at the end and it turns out she is a member of the running club I'm trying out tomorrow! So I have a friend already and as we are very similar in speed I will be in her training group! I'm still a bit nervous but It's nice to know someone.

I need to decide when to start increasing my distance. I want to get my time to 30 mins but also want to do longer distance. Advice would be gratefully received!

Happy running all



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  • Well done & it seems you are improving. Folk at the running club should be able to advise & encourage you too.

  • I'm looking forward to training with people. I'm always running with my dog when I'm not on the parkrun

    S X

  • Well done you! It's a great feeling when it goes well. There are some links to the Sarah Marshall 10k program if you search the site. She's no Laura, but I found them good. Set yourself a target - sign up for a local 10k, if you can do 5, you will find you can do 10 ( be kind to yourself and see if you can find a flat one to start with!)

  • I had trouble finding this but I found a link on here to B210K. Just downloaded it! Might have a go next week

  • You're not running!! -- You're flying!!! :)

    That's a good idea to use the Stamina podcast during a Parkrun.

  • Like to think I'm flying! Just keep thinking how much faster I'll be when I loose the weight!

    S X

  • Now that you have graduated C25K and have run 5K in a Parkrun - you can start increasing your distance any time you like. Apparently, running longer distances (at any pace) is just one of the ways you can improve your fitness which then eventually leads on to faster 5K times. :)

  • Just downloaded off a link on here! Will start next week when I can run in the mornings!

    S X

  • Hi , please would you mind sharing the link or if you can let me know where it is on the site ? Thankyou :-) xxx

  • Try this...

  • Sounds like you had a great Parkrun, well done! I hope you enjoy your running club. I just started increasing distance gradually since graduating, and have found my 5k times reducing. Whether it is as a result of the longer runs or not I don't know, but it is worth a try. I just made sure I ran slowly so that I could carry on for longer. I likened it to W5R3 of the programme. Good luck with your running. x

  • Thanks! Will start increasing next week. I'm a bit achy from the running club!

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