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Consolidation 5: Parkrun 1

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate

Good morning.

Just did my first Parkrun and really enjoyed it.

I really recommend this to any graduate. The volunteers are SO nice. There’s a great community spirit.

A few tips based on what I learned:

1. Try to get a piece of ‘space’ around you. There’s a lot of jostling around in the crowd, especially at the start, and it can feel like a traffic jam if you are used to running alone.

2. Don’t forget all your training. Just run your usual run. Which means...

3. Don’t go too fast. I was swept up in the adrenaline of the event and ended up going too quickly for the first half. I really paid for that in the second half.

4. Enjoy it. It’s a glorious event. Just be part of the experience and feel good about the run. Forget about getting a good time and don’t see it as a race.

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Dottie_D
Dottie_DGraduate

Great stuff Stephen, well done on first parkrun (of many 😜). It’s surprising how good the turn out is at Park runs, is t it. But they are a great atmosphere, even on s cold rai y day like today 😃😂

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate in reply to Dottie_D

Thanks. It was raining, but that actually kept it nice and cool.

backintime
backintimeGraduate

Brilliant, well done. Will you do another ?

I am not that brave yet, i'll do my first park run on consolidation 1543 I think, I should have worked up the courage by then : )

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate in reply to backintime

Yes, I am hoping to do it weekly as one of my three runs. I really recommend it. It makes you feel part of something bigger, just as this online community does.

backintime
backintimeGraduate in reply to Stephen_UK

That's great. There are 2 within around a 2 hour drive from me but nothing closer

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate in reply to backintime

Definitely try it!

backintime
backintimeGraduate in reply to Stephen_UK

I may one day...seems that there aren't many people though and most of them are ex pats....not sure the French have embraced ze park run

Debston
DebstonGraduate in reply to backintime

You could set one up? There's advice on the website about it if you don't have one nearby.

backintime
backintimeGraduate in reply to Debston

Yes, I was reading that. There's a nice flatish park about 10 minutes away, that could be my warm up : )

Debston
DebstonGraduate

Brilliant, well done you! Was it a really nice route? And yes, the volunteers are brilliant, so encouraging, I must volunteer before too long.

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate in reply to Debston

Thanks. Yes, a lovely route apart from the hills.

Debston
DebstonGraduate in reply to Stephen_UK

One day I will learn to love hills... 😅

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate in reply to Debston

I hate ‘em!

Debston
DebstonGraduate in reply to Stephen_UK

One day I will learn to love hills... 😅

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate in reply to Debston

Saying it twice won’t make it any truer...

Debston
DebstonGraduate in reply to Stephen_UK

Haha! 😂

Debston
DebstonGraduate in reply to Stephen_UK

Haha! 😂

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Well done on completing your first 5k Parkrun this morning and thanks for the advice, I intend to run my first parkrun next month, so I will get to the back as you say so I can get some space.

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Thanks. I didn’t really mean going to the back. That could be dispiriting. More that you need to be conscious of the space around you and keep hold of it to avoid a cramped experience or even a collision.

Debston
DebstonGraduate in reply to AlMorr

You will love it AlMorr! I started at the back because I knew I wouldn't be a speedy gonzalez and it was great, no pressure to keep up and loads of space. There's a volunteer bringing up the rear and lots of people walking the course so you'll never be last. All the volunteers do a brilliant job of cheering you on and you feel on top of the world. Go for it!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate in reply to Debston

Yes I will go for it Debston, I know this particular park very well indeed as I have been going walks there over the last 9 years. I studied the map of the parkrun course from their website and have decided to run 1 lap of it next Friday in preparation for running around it 3 times some Saturday in July.

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