PARKRUN PB IN YOUR FACE!!!: Well gor blimey guv... - Couch to 5K

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Well gor blimey guv'nor! I gave my new Ascics GT2000's their first run out today at Richmond Parkrun and ended up with a PB of 26'00. These shoes clearly have turbo boosters built into their design because I thought I was going to drop with exhaustion between K3 and K4. MAN that course is hard! The first 2K are always a breeze because 80% of it is downhill - but we all know that where there's a down, there HAS to be an UP!

Felt very comfortable for 3K and then felt totally WHACKED by the 4th K. This was my first parkrun since May and I'd forgotten about the "tow" effect of fellow runners. It really does spur you on and there were many occasions where my competitive streak kicked in and forced me forwards, refusing to allow heavy breathers to pass me. The 5th was also tough, but I didn't ever stop. I slowed down here and there to recover, but managed to keep moving the entire course. Must bring water next time terribly thirsty don't you know.

I did enjoy it though, despite how bloomin' hard it was. The shoes kept me level and upright and I don't seem to have any leg or knee pain as a result. So THANK YOU to all those who told me to buy new shoes.

So people who don't know - if you start getting leg and knee niggles then it's most likely your shoes are worn out and you need new ones.

I'm going with the parkrun result of 26' even though my watch told me I clocked in at 25'52 - what's 8 seconds between friends eh? Oh! And I found a 20p coin on my way back to the scooter! That's £10.20 I've found whilst out running over the past 18 months. Bizarre?

Hope all your parkruns and races went well today, and if you didn't run today - good luck on your next outing!

Time for homemade veg soup now. Toodle pip!


19 Replies


danzargoGraduate in reply to useitorloseit

Cheers UIOLI!

Wow Dan! Fab time! Can't all be down to your shoes though. I think maybe you had something to do with it!

It's interesting that you just went for it in your new shoes. I've seen some advice that new shoes should be "eased in" gradually but clearly your run has proved that's not necessary!

danzargoGraduate in reply to Irishprincess

Naahhhh - bol**ks to that! These shoes feel great and I threw caution to the wind and went for it! And it worked! Wooohooo!!


Well done Dan. New shoes ey. Told ya!

Veg soup here today too. I made courgette gorzonzola. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

I am running in a bit and hoping my soup will sustain me for 8 kms, and a session with that evil Jillian M.

Homemade veg soup is just the best thing. Spicy parsnip up next. It's fuel innit!

danzargoGraduate in reply to misswobble

Phhwwwooaaarrr! Spicy parsnip? Suit you sir! And thank you for the new shoe advice. Your advice goes a long way in my book. Have yourself a funky 8K!

aliboo70 in reply to danzargo

i've made curried parsnip soup on thurs and OH just had the leftovers!!!!!!!!!!!! well done on your pb Superdan, with your lovely new shoes! i got one too at parkrun, 30.18 but garmin clocked it at 5.1k, so my 5k was 29.50 according to it! my first sub 30 5k! must be a good day for c25k-ers!!!!!!!!! :)

danzargoGraduate in reply to aliboo70

Kaboom! Well done Aliboo. Let's hope this is thestart of a long list of sub 30's for you!

aliboo70 in reply to danzargo

not sure about that! got set the challenge on the way there in the car! but definite improvements! :)

Hidden in reply to misswobble

Courgette Danzargola? Yum!

Blinking awesome time.... You must be so pleased! Great news on the "no pain" front!

danzargoGraduate in reply to LadyP33

Yes, the no pain front is the most satisfying I must say. Last Tuesdays run in my old knackered worn out Brooks made my legs feel sooooooo painful for three days! So a PB in my rocket shoes is a nice bonus.


Do you new shoes have little wings on them? I need some of those! Well done Dan!

danzargoGraduate in reply to Hidden

Thanks Curlygirly (great name by the way!).

Hidden in reply to danzargo

Thank you! I'm married to someone called BaldyBoy! (not on this forum yet)


Keep running and you'll be rich!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOO jealous, I bust a gut at Parkrun today and got 29.50, I put it down to women are at a disadvantage! Well done though, you must be made up, and the shoes sound fab...

danzargoGraduate in reply to ju-ju-

Soz Juju but the sex thing doesn't wash I'm afraid! TurboTortoise still whoops my ass with a parkrun PB at Richmond which stands at SUB 26!! And I mean something like 25'30'ish. Am slightly annoyed at Parkruns time cos my watch said I was actually faster, but what the heck eh?!

Isn't your parkrun a tough course as well with lots of uphill stuff? Quel damage!

ju-ju-Administrator in reply to danzargo

YES...its actually Mount Everest, and well done TT too, thats super fast...


Great new time DanZ, glad the GTs did their job

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