So...my first Parkrun: So i did it and got a PB... - Couch to 5K

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So...my first Parkrun

So i did it and got a PB to boot. Official time was 35.39 so good old Sam Sung not too far off. I really enjoyed it. Don't know why my speed looks so up and down as my cadence and pace were pretty constant throughout. And it's a flat route!

Anyway...no longer a PR virgin and know what to expect next time...and there will be a next time ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy running everyone ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Well done Saartjie! Congratulations on your performance. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Iโ€™m beginning to love Parkrun now. Itโ€™s great to run with other people, itโ€™s so well organised and everyone seems friendly. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Good luck with your next one, ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

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Thanks David! The marshall was so helpful when I arrived and said I hadn't been before. Explained how it all worked. Then all the newbies got a round of applause before we started...such a nice touch. Will definitely go again now I've broken that first time barrier!

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Yay! Well done Saartjie. And what an event to get a pb. ๐Ÿ‘

Glad you had a great experience. Did you say it was flat? I may have to visit one day as itโ€™s not very far from me.

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Yep definitely flat! Come and join me ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thatโ€™s a great time, you must be chuffed!

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Really pleased! Flat and overcast worked for me today ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Fantastic! Love a good ParkRun!

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Thanks Tasha. I will definitely go again ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Love it well done! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Just about to write up mine ๐Ÿ˜€

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Look forward to it!

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Very well done:)

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Thank you! Hope you are recovering quickly Oldfloss ๐Ÿ™‚

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MRI, Friday next! Thank you!

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Fingers crossed for good news ๐Ÿคž

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Thatโ€™s amazing - well done!! X

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Thank you! Very proud of myself today ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Well done saartjie on your first Parkrun. It looks a lovely route around the water and all one loop without doubling back on yourself. According to your map you can run on water too - thatโ€™s incredible.

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Haha! Didn't even notice that! Who knew? There's no end to my talents ๐Ÿ˜‚

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This girl can ๐Ÿคฃ

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Well done that's a great time ๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you!

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Fantastic Saartjie. Iโ€™ve signed up for ParkRun and got my codes but just donโ€™t feel quite ready ๐Ÿ˜ณ I graduated C25K 2 weeks ago but canโ€™t seem to break the 10min/km barrier and finding the 50 mins a real challenge. Thinking about dropping back to 30 mins and trying instead to up my pace ??

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Can you break 10min/km over say 200m and rest for 2 then repeat? A day doing that for 7 reps could kick your body to produce some speed in those legs. Have a look at 5k running plans and you should see interval/speed and recovery days.

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Thanks will do

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Don't struggle. I am about a month after graduation and only just doing 5ks. I have built up slowly. Please don't risk hurting yourself. And there were plenty of people run-walking the Parkrun. X

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Or just walking...๐Ÿ˜‰

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Hello Kaz, not sure if I've misunderstood . You aren't trying To run for 50 minutes only 2 weeks after graduation are you? The advice is to consolidate with 3 X 30 minute runs for 3 weeks and then just increase one run by 10% each week. If you aren't doing that but you are worried that you need to do it for parkrun, have no fear.

All you need to do is walk the 1st 5 minutes and run 30 minutes and then walk the rest. Lots of people walk it all so there is no pressure. It is very supportive so you might find it boosts your confidence.

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Thanks Dexy5 - I am definitely intending to sign up for next Sat am. And yes I can run the 50 mins (well jog anyway) with not too much trouble itโ€™s just that I am doing it at the same pace as I used in prep for the Moonwalk 5 yrs ago! But ... I am definitely running it ๐Ÿคช I just had a bad morning trying too hard to go faster that I wore myself out by 2K and felt ill. Not giving up though but going to ease off my obsession for increasing pace for now

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But what I am saying is that by staying at 30 minutes running for 3 weeks, as advised, it gives your body chance to build both strength and stamina and will avoid the risk of injury. This consolidation is as important as the journey to graduation. That doesnโ€™t mean you canโ€™t do the 30 minutes run at Parkrun. There will lots of people walking as well as running ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Got it . Iโ€™m dropping back to 30 mins and re-engaging week 9 with Jo Whiley from tomorrow

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Well done Saartjie, showing us all how it's done! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

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Not sure about that! But thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

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Well I've not been on a park run, but the more I read about others doing it and having positive experiences the more encouraged I feel. Maybe some day soon!

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You should!

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Well done, very respectable time too!

I'm thinking about going along and having a go next week. Any tips for a newbie?

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Hello F4TMAN , if you havenโ€™t graduated, do your normal c25k walk/run and then walk the rest. Register on the Parkrun website, print off the barcodes, and start at the back of the runners. They will ask if anyone is new and they will give you a separate brief on the rules and the course. I did my first Parkrun as a post grad celebration run but many have done it before graduation. It is very supportive.

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OK cheers!

I'm just starting w7 but comfortably exceeding the schedule for one longer run each week - I ran a full 30 minutes today and covered 4.3km so I'm definitely within parkrun territory. My main concern is that I've not run with anyone else before, let alone hundreds of people.

I think I'll probably walk the first 5 min, let everyone spread out a bit then aim to run to the end...

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Good idea to do the walk first. I love running with others so Parkrun is my favourite run of the week.

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What Dexy said. But yes I kind of found a space do was almost running on my own. Was nice having the support though. I went to chat to one of the marshalls before it started to see what to do which helped. Enjoy if you go ๐Ÿ™‚

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Good plan ๐Ÿ˜

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Thatโ€™s a fantastic time, you must be so chuffed. Have you just been running or actively trying to get faster? When I looked at our local parkruns results page I think I would be almost last - that means the walkers would be as fast as me!

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Not at all. Have done 5k only 2x before and both were around 38 mins. I think the flat route and cooler weather definitely helped. It just clicked and the running felt easy (i use that term loosely!) I was 11th in my age group. Quite amazed myself ๐Ÿ˜

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๐Ÿ˜‚ I looked at the results of my local and I would be last - but that doesnโ€™t include the โ€˜parkrun effectโ€™. Still a brilliant time - I am in awe ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ˜€

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I would say go for it...there are super fast people lapping you but i am never going to be them. I just ran my own run and it happened to be a good one! Tried not to get caught up in the moment and go off too fast. Couldn't have gone much further at the end though! X

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No-one comes last - there is a tail-runner that takes that slot ๐Ÿ˜‰

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But youโ€™ll never be last Crittermad as that will be the tail walker

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Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! So are you joining me on the Magic 10k bus now then? ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ

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I said I was going to do a few 5ks and see how I felt but am starting to feel the peer pressure!

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Nooooo...you just do what you want to do whenever you feel ready.

No pressure. Just encouragement if you want it. โค๏ธ

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I know ๐Ÿค—

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Absolutely fantastic! And the Samsung did you proud. Still getting round to trying mine!

Great run, fab day! Bring on the next eh...! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜

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Absolutely! Am just loving improving with every run! X

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Improving or consolidating, getting those miles under your trainers is fabulous! Who'd have thought running could be this much fun! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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I think I did know but never thought it would be me! Love it ๐Ÿ˜

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Great stuff, well done Saartjie ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅ‡

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Cheers me dear!

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Super run and great time! You are a running superstar! ๐Ÿ’ซ

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Haha! Thanks Simon ๐Ÿ˜Š

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