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Plan for tomorrow

I've been thinking for a.a while that I would like to have a go at the Park Run but don't want.to go unless I feel I can do it so, tomorrow, my next door neighbour who is a daily runner, is very kindly going to meet me at the park after work so we can run the route together. As long as I can run 28 minutes without stopping (week8), tjen anything else is a bonus.

Forecast is cold, wet and windy with a high possibility of an overweight, tomato faced middle aged woman waddling along!

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It's a great look!

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Go for it, especially if you can have a runner with you. I wish I had a running buddy sometimes. I'm still Billy no-mates !!

What's the worst that can happen. Many on park runs sometimes walk at times. I've only done one parkrun myself mind !

By all means perhaps wait until your confident of doing 30 minutes and see how it goes with your neighbour. Then decide. There's no rush but also there's no harm either way. Chill !

If you do parkrun don't forget the photo of your Tomato Head for the Family Album !

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What a fab friend you have, and what a great idea to 'test-drive' the parkrun route together. You'll be fine, and that is exactly what I did before my first time at parkrun (without the helpful friend).

The whole parkrun experience is welcoming, friendly and massively inclusive. It doesn't matter if you run it in 14 minutes or 1 hour. You'll get a cheer at the end and will feel upbeat and positive.

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Hi, just to encourage you to give parkrun a go - I had intended to wait much longer (I'm only at week 3!) but for various family logistics reasons ended up going this week for the first time. I had extended my run earlier in the week so I knew I could literally cover the distance without collapsing but expected it to take me 45-50 mins, which would just about be ok, having checked the results from previous weeks. I was really nervous on the day but stuck with the 1 min walk/1 min run pacer who was really friendly. As it turned out a lot of the usual back runners were on holiday so it was apparently one of the fastest tail runner times they'd had so although I was last but one I ended up coming in at 42:20 which was pretty fast for me! Everyone really was very encouraging. Which is all a long way round of saying - give it a go, if you can run for 28 mins you will be more than ok! Really! My pacer said she often does run 3-4 mins walk 1 min and has a sub-30 PB. Go for it and you'll be really pleased with yourself!

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Thank you all! I didn't do too badly. I did my warm up walk then ran go 28 minutes, tjen a little more. Did a couple more walk breaks and more running amd my time was a slow yet not too horrendous 46 minutes. Feel good!

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