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ParkRun - definitely not a walk in the park

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate

I went for my first ever ParkRun today. The one nearest to me is in Falkirk's Callander Park.

It has a gradual and long hill for a bit part and then a steeper small hill towards the end.

I found it definitely challenging. But this is exactly the kind of run I think I need to be doing.

I am absolutely in awe at how well organised these events are! And they are FREE!

Hats off to all the volunteers!

And my respect to everyone who has been doing ParkRuns regularly!

I managed mine in 49 minutes....thanks to the hills. Things can only get better :-)

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JoolieB1
JoolieB1Graduate

Good for you, my local run is also challenging but always good for me, great people, interesting course and free (amazing)!

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to JoolieB1

Challenging is definitely good...so is free :-)

Girlyswot
GirlyswotGraduate

Well done on your first parkrun !! They are addictive !!

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to Girlyswot

I only wish I had found out about C25K and ParkRun a few years ago. Anyway...better late than ever.

Well done. Parkrun is fab so it's great to hear you've caught the bug :)

Regularly running hills will really help your overall fitness and running progress. I live in an area where I have to run lots of long steady inclines and you do grow to love 'm!!!

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to goonkeepgoing

Thanks GOKG for the encouragement :-)

Old_trout
Old_troutGraduate in reply to goonkeepgoing

Oof really??? Can't imagine that!!

Old_trout
Old_troutGraduate in reply to Old_trout

Liking hills that is, not ash thanking GOKG for encouragement !

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to Old_trout

I know. Sadly, I have to learn to like the hills as I am doing Tough Mudder again next year. And the course is fairly hilly :-)

poppypug
poppypugGraduate

Well done Ash ! You are tackling those hills head on !

Brilliant , keep at it ! :-) xxx

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to poppypug

Thanks Poppy :-) xxx

Rainbowsmurf
RainbowsmurfGraduate

Parkruns are good aren't they?

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to Rainbowsmurf

They certainly are :-)

Ullyrunner
UllyrunnerGraduate

Glad you enjoyed it Ash - most people seem to find them pretty addictive!

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to Ullyrunner

It is free, timed and well organised. So I can see why it can get addictive :-)

Hidden
Hidden

Congratulations on your first parkrun, Ash - and Callander Park is a lovely park to run in (or used to be - I've not been there for 10 years !) :-)

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to Hidden

It is quite a challenging but good course :-)

vixiej
vixiejGraduate

well done! They are brilliantly organised and very friendly :-)

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to vixiej

They are definitely friendly Vixiej :-)

nhs2015
nhs2015Graduate

My hat to the volunteers. They do a fabulous job.

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to nhs2015

They certainly do a fantastic job!

no-excuse
no-excuseGraduate

Well done on your first parkrun! A challenge is good. Oooh I love a parkrun! X 😊

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to no-excuse

Thanks No-Excuse.

Yes, a challenge is definitely good :-)

Jeleybelly
JeleybellyGraduate

bet it won't be your last..

I quite enjoy it - either running or helping - just wish it started a bit later! - and was warmer !!

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to Jeleybelly

I know what you mean. It is getting so cold now that it takes your breath away :-)

well done, that is great... useful to know as i hope to do the same in jan :-)

are you going to treat yourself now??

D

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to jedi_d

I need to get much much better but yes, will be going back. Are you planning to do the Falkirk ParkRun Jedi_d?

No treat I am afraid :-)

no i dont live near falkirk, i;m still on week 8 anyways.... still got a long way to go.... :-)

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to jedi_d

There isn't much of a difference between week 8 and week 9. You will be there sooner than you think :-)

Old_trout
Old_troutGraduate

Oh well done! Hopefully I shall be doing a park run in the new year. It's pretty regular and flat for us, but my first ambition will be to actually do one!!

Good luck with the improvements! Past experience (C25k) tells you it can be done!

ashishkulkarni
ashishkulkarniGraduate in reply to Old_trout

Parkruns are good and addictive place to meet other runners. Good luck!

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