Week 7 complete - and first parkrun

So my W7R3 was my first attempt at parkrun. Didn't all go to plan - the other half decided to pass on his cold, my phone decided it didn't want to play music, and my app decided to stop registering at 1.1k so I had no idea how I was doing. But I kept to my pace, with no one behind me for the first half except the back marker volunteer, and for the second half a mum with two little girls. I ran for 25 minutes, then walked a bit and ran a bit and finished in 43:30. As I was aiming for around 45 mins, had never done more than 4.1k before, and the route is quite hilly, I was happy with that! :-)

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  • Very well done, a time to be proud of :)

  • Good job :) my record for 5 km with running and walking is 42,25 min. You are brilliant :) I am afraid to go to parkrun :) which is funny, cause I signed myself in for 5 k run at the end of May. You are doing great :) you going to run for 30 min non stop in your next run :)

  • Hi there Natalie. Don't be afraid of park run. My first go at 5k none stop and not on the treadmill was 48 mins but I decided to do a park run.

    When I arrived I spoke to the lady with a megaphone who seemed to be in charge as the local web site said if you think you'll take longer than 50 mins let an official know. I did just over 38 min. I think running with other people sort of helped me along. I have never been sporty. I am a grey haired 51 year old over weight (though not as bad as I was) bloke. Like you I was nervous about going and I was in week 7 of C25K. So I decided that I'd just register and treat it like a C25k session in the park... And that's what I did. What's the worse that can happen... Run a bit and walk a bit... And there will be plenty of other people doing that. Ok I'm no expert... I've only done TWO... But I fully intend to do more and it seems like a good follow on from C25K. I've also seen a few runners there with C25K graduation t shirts.

    All the best John.

  • I will give myself another week or two and will go :)

  • You'll be fine when you give it a go 😀 I'm quite pleased I have as we approach the end of the course. It's given me a new goal to aim for - extending the time I'm running and improving my PB, even if only slightly. I think I need that challenge to keep me going.

  • That's why I signed for this 5 km run at the end of May. Need to prepare for that :) lol

  • Well done you! I did my second parkrun this morning. I try to keep on running all the way round... But it's clear that my definition of running is pretty close to other people's walking... I am slow with a capital SL!! This morning I sort of slotted in with a chap who seemed to be at my pace. At the end of the run he stopped and said hello. Nice chap... But at 64 he was 13 years older than me and a hell of a lot fitter!!

    Regards John

  • I was sort of put to shame by the 84 year old on his 150th run! Maybe in 20 years.....! I was on my own for most of the run but quite happy to be. Like you I just treated it as my normal run for the week. I think if I hadn't got that 25 minute aim I'd have given up around the 20 minute mark as I struggled up a hill. But everyone was very nice and supportive. I'll be back, maybe next week and I'll be running 28 minutes then.

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