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Tail “walking”

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Junior parkrun this morning was nuts, but a good test of the ankle. The turnout was low, and no slow ones there... so I had to run the first half km pretty fast, then the run director stopped me and said there were late starters... so I waited for them, then more started so I got a longer break... then another arrived. The last arrived was fast and ran past us before the 1k mark, at which point the ones I’d waited for decided to pull out and I tried to chase down the fast kid, which was an impossibility and fortunately he passed some that I assumed were the tail... nope, they were just running in the park and nothing to do with us... so back on the sprint intervals. Today this tailwalker finished at speed... way after the last runner. I’ve put a request in for a tail spotter next time!

So this morning I ran a mile... followed by 2k impromptu speed intervals, and my ankle was fine... so upping the mileage to 1.5 miles next time out and figure I’ll do 2 at each distance now as I get back to 3.11 and finally run a parkrun!

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AceitGirl profile image

Well done. It seems like your ankle is healing well. Welcome back to running.

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to AceitGirl

Thanks... yeah, all pain free, just going easy to put any strength back in it that I lost, but I’ll be back to 5ks in January I think.

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AceitGirlGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

You certainly will. Funny how it all comes back together.

Happy running and happy new year in advance

AlMorr profile image

You mentioned this morning's junior parkrun in my previous post to you about a hour ago was a bit hectic, now I know why, glad your ankle is OK, you can now relax for a while now as there are no more junior parkrun's this year. 😊

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to AlMorr

This is true 😂. May miss the next couple as well, it’s not in my town and I won’t be passing like I normally am so will only go if they put out the SOS email on a Thursday!

It could have been worse... at 5 to 9 we had 2 runners... both teenage girls in running shorts and trail spikes, regular sub 9 minute runners... I was desperately hoping at least one slower one would arrive 😂

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Glad the ankle is showing signs of improvement... easy does it!

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Dillyseesee

Slow steady and kissing the ground with my feet... it’s like Oldfloss is running right there next to me keeping me on the right path 😂

Katnap profile image

Sounds like you had 'fun'😸

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Katnap

I swear the little blighters wait for me to be tailwalker... every other week the tail is nice and slow and completes the course, sometimes via some flower picking, but never when I do it!!!

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KatnapGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Check your hi-viz doesn't say 'Kick Me' or something along those lines 😸

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Ang33333 profile image

Ha! I tail walked on Saturday l, after a night out. Thought it would be easy... there are always a few walkers..and very slow runners.... not this week! I had to run more than I walked to keep up with the last runner who finished in 45 mins. I may as well have run ha ha!

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Ang33333

😂. You get a credit for both fortunately!I have considered skipping my pre juniors runs and making the kids at the pack run faster, but apparently I’m not allowed to 😂

I’m considering tailwalking Saturday parkrun though as a way of getting used to the terrain... the way my luck runs though it’ll be me and all the sub-17 and sub-20 hall of famers!

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