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Parkrun round 4 - the best yet :-)

Not my fastest but definitely the most enjoyable! I ran with my 13 year old son today and as he's asthmatic we needed a plan to get round. We decided on intervals of 1 minute running followed by 2 minutes walking so his chest could recover.

We were aiming for between 40-45mins - he came in at 35:15 and me at 35:24! He enjoyed it so much particularly at the end when he decided to sprint for the line (left me for dust!) and the marshalls and loads of more experienced runners at the finish line were all cheering him on :-)

He plays in goal for a junior football team and he said at the end that he had enjoyed the run more than football because of how nice everyone was. I love football as a game but in my opinion it is rotten from the top down - despite all the attempts by the FA to improve it, junior football can be quite a toxic environment :-(

Parkrun could not be more different - the only competition is with yourself and the positive vibe is infectious. I will never compete with the fastest runners - my boyfriends work colleague came 2nd today with an atonishing 16:10 PB!!! - but it isn't about that at all.

Well done to everyone who took part in Parkrun today and to all those considering it - Go For It! :-)

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Super well done to you and your son!! AND supermum for letting your son finish before you. πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼 X

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Thank you! I didn't let him - his sprint is sooo fast πŸ˜‚

Going to work towards bringing up his stamina - don't think I'll have any chance once he's up to running the whole thing :-)

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Wow...Well done you and your son! πŸ˜€

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Thank you x

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All sounds completely and utterly lovely for both of you :-)

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Thank you - it truly was :-)

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And dead right on footie too. And your little lad sounds a very perceptive young man. You must be very proud.

Now c'mon. Back to it. You doing the Last Week next week? Shamefully I can't remember which tiny number of runs you have left before St. Leonards closes the coast road for the celebrations :-)

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Haha! Yep week 9 next week - aim to Graduate in next weeks Parkrun. Unless of course my son decides he wants to run with me again! :-)

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He'll be busy making bunting...

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Well done both of you! Will really have to give park run a go soon.

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Thank you! Definitely give it a try - I'm sure you'll enjoy it :-)

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Amazing Pianoteacher youve done great and so has your boy, hope hes got the bug, great time too, keep running

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Thank you! He's talking about doing some training after school and doing the 5k race that they have in the village where he lives with his Dad so I think he might have got the bug :-)

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Fantastic, you better start saving for his reward trainers!

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Well done both of you and what brilliant times too!!

(Agree with your comment about football too)!

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Thank you! It's a real shame about football as it's a great game. I know a few people involved with junior Rugby and that doesn't seem to have any of the same problems. Unfortunately it doesn't matter how many times I try to watch rugby I just can't grasp what on earth is going on πŸ˜‚

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Well done. I agree completely about football, especially junior football.

And I can now agree about Parkrun. Fantastic experience and people doing this should be encouraged to do it (with appropriate cautions about getting carried away).

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Thank you! Just read your account of your run - definitely a lot tougher than mine!

We have a Walk2Run group (similar idea to couch25k) which is run by a local running club and they are encouraged to take part right from the start of their training. Quite a few of them got PBs today :-)

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That’s great pianoteacher. You might find that the asthma improves as a result of running too. Nice to do it together. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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Thank you! I've read lots of posts on here from people reporting improvements in their asthma so I hope so. It is lovely to do it together.

Mind you it's all back to normal here now - he's sat in front of the TV playing Fifa and swearing a lot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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