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First Park Run tomorrow


Am doing my first park run in the morning to see where I am at. I have just done W5R3 and start week 6 on Monday. My problem is the mental challenge. I have had some knee twinges which have stopped but apart from that nothing hurts when I run at all. I am fit so don't get out of breath much but the urge to stop is strong. Am hoping to run for 20 mins walk for 10 and then run to the end on the park run tomorrow but does anybody have any tips for helping with the mental side of things.

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Good for you. I've no tips apart from just have ago.

I've just completed w5 r1 and I feel great. Don't know if I'm quite ready for a park run yet tho..

Good luck.

Jenchristie in reply to Gem0903

Give yourself little markers and just keep them at short distances at first. Once you reach one just aim for the next. Breaking the run down into bite size pieces makes it much more achievable.

I don't think you need any tips, once you get running with the 'pack' you'll be fine. There's a great atmosphere and there'll be others running/walking.

You've worked hard to get to W5 and got the dreaded run 3 out of the way so you know you can run for 20mins. Just remember to take it slowly particularly at the start.

Good luck for tomorrow and let us know how you get on.

Happy Running!


Good luck tomorrow!

Me too, first park run !

I'm on w8 r2 😊

LemonieJGraduate in reply to Sarahb18

good luck to you too

Aw good luck 😉


Register your club as NHS C25k and then you will be able to think of all of us cheering you round tomorrow.

Just enjoy it.

Gwibiwyr51Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

I am a Luddite where technology is concerned, I am about to start WK9 tomorrow am, but following celebrating my son's graduation (( academic ) it might be pm. I have looked at the parkrun registration form and could not find C25K in the ' clubs ' the only other option was unattached, so I await some assistance in entering C25K as my cub.

IannodaTruffeAdministrator in reply to Gwibiwyr51

Enter NHS C25K it is on the list.

LemonieJGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Didn't know you could do that! Have done it now :)


Good luck!

I am also doing my first parkrun tomorrow too, on Week 7

Gwibiwyr51Graduate in reply to Dal45

Cheers, just could not see the wood from the trees for the life of me. Up to now all my runs have been on the same flat route, as yourself and others have advised I'll consolidate the 30 mins runs plus 1/2 parkruns . I have found another route close to home which is 6k, but its a very testing / demanding route because its a 3 K hilly undulating run out and the return 3K is just the same. Which is the best way to undertake this challenge please.

Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Gwibiwyr51

Leave this route until you have more running under your belt. Hills distance and speed training altogether is a sure path to injury. Slow and steady is the way.


Do this run as part of the programme, so W6 run1. Start with your 5 mins warm up which allows the pack to disperse and stops you setting off too fast. Walk the end.

Take your barcode. Get there in time for the first timers talk ( 10 mins early).

Enjoy 🏃🏻‍♀️😀


Best of luck tomorrow. Enjoy your run. I did my first Parkrun at about week 5 too. Ran and walked my way around. It was brilliant and really got me into running and trying to do a better Parkrun each week. I'll be volunteering tomorrow and my Wife will be doing her first Parkrun.


Did it! Ran all the way, if slower than normal, and finished in 38 mins according to mapmyrun. Really chuffed I finished. Made myself keep running and the only way I was allowed to stop was if I physically couldn't take another step. Got to end before that happened. Finishing the race was good but the biggest achievement for me as a person with Aspergers was going somewhere new, with people I didn't know, on my own. That was harder but the first times done. Onwards and upwards ☺


Official results :) almost last lol

Congratulations on completing your 1st parkrun and your 1st at Blackpool parkrun today. You finished in 151st place and were the 62nd female out of a field of 170 parkrunners and you came 13th in your age category VW45-49. Take a look at this week's full set of results on our website. Well done on your first run. We have set this as your PB.

SueKenGraduate in reply to LemonieJ

Excellent results on both counts - very well done!!

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