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When did you run your first Parkrun? 🌳 πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ 🌲

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
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I’m off to spectate and walk the dog as my husband runs at Parkrun this morning. He thinks I should give it a go but I want to go and see what it’s all about first.

My next run is W6r3. He thinks I’m ready but I’m not sure as I think perhaps I should wait until graduation. I’m not sure my C25k run would get me round the course and what should I do when that happens? Part of me also thinks this is my procrastinating inner voice talking delaying tactics to me πŸ™„.

It got me wondering at what stage others started Parkrun and if you began before graduation how it suited the C25k week you were on?

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In theory I start 14/03/20 lol. I'll let you know how it goes.

I want to complete c25k first lol

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to DDJ2019

Hi DDJ. It was worthwhile going down to Parkrun to see how it is set up and to cheer on my hubby. A great mixture of runners of all ages and abilities running in a very supportive atmosphere. I'm going to wait a few more weeks and then see how I'm getting on.

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate

Hello Delly-dot, I didn't do my first parkrun until 24/08/19 only because there was no parkruns near me then this was a new one.

You could do a parkrun and just stop at the end of whatever run you are on then brisk walk the rest. It's up to you and I'm sure you'll really enjoy it πŸ€—πŸ€—

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy. I thought the atmosphere down at Parkrun this morning was great - a really supportive bunch of people. I could tell straight away that I'd be welcomed at the stage I'm at, but at the moment I think I'll wait a few more weeks and see how I'm going in my longer runs.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Most people who have started C25K don't run a parkrun until they have completed run 3 of week 5, no harm on going to spectate at a parkrun before you take part, that's what I did last year before my first parkrun, I told the run director I would be running my first parkrun in two weeks time, the following Friday I ran the course myself and 9 days later I ran my first full 5k Parkrun.

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to AlMorr

Hi Al. It's a really good idea to do a trial run of the course first. I could do that for one of my upcoming C25k runs and just see how I get on. It was a great atmosphere down there today, despite the weather! It's as wet and windy down here as it was in Scotland during the week!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

I did not get to parkrun this morning, at the time I would have had to leave the weather was wet, windy, hail and snow showers, later it did clear up enabling me to run, run 2 of week 4 of Ju Ju's Magic 10, which is a 30 minute run, I ran that OK, got home just before the next hail shower came on.

By all means get registered for Parkrun as soon as possible, you can either run or walk with the tailwalker if you want to.

Elfe5
Elfe5Graduate

It’s up to you. If you go, do your usual C25K routine & walk the rest.

- don’t run lots more minutes than usual & risk injury.

Me E keeps encouraging me to go, but I’m waiting until I have built up to 5k so I can feel confident. (I keep being delayed on the IC). Other people will encourage you to go sooner- it’s your choice. πŸ˜„

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Elfe5

Yes, I don't want to risk injury either so would definitely stick to my C25k routine. I'm going to get some of the longer runs under my belt and see how I am doing in a few weeks time. I might wait till after graduation but it was a great atmosphere down there today and I'd love to be part of it!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate

Do it when you feel you’re ready D-d! I did my first as my C25K graduation run and I stuck to the 30 minutes and walked the rest. There’s a great temptation as the Pr pack shoots off to try and keep up and possibly do more than we are really ready for, so be warned - but the nice thing is that if you want to walk it you can, it’s for everyone. I had also done a fair amount of volunteering at my local Pr before ran it and that’s a great way of learning all about it - especially if your husband goes every time anyway. Enjoy!

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Hi OGR. What a great idea to do it for your graduation run - two celebrations in one! I noticed today that no-one began by walking though people did walk later on, so I guess the 5 minute warm up walk would be done before hand if you are in a C25k routine. I'm glad I went down to watch it though as it has made me realise I would like to get some longer runs under my belt first. Despite the supportive atmosphere, I'd have felt a bit intimidated today being the only walker at the start!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

Yes, you could definitely do your warm up walk as part of Pr. Choose your graduation day carefully - mine coincided with 40 mph winds! Which is great when it’s behind you but not so much fun when you’re a newbie runner and it’s smacking you right in the face!

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Agreed. Walking the course is fine. Also volunteering is a good way to get to know the set up. I’m about 6 Parkrun’s in now and starting to volunteer next week too. Love it. By the way Oldgirlruns, I am in Brighton next week for work and plan to joffle along the seafront 😁

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate
in reply to Jerichomile

Enjoy that seafront joffle Jm!

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate
in reply to Oldgirlruns

πŸ˜πŸ‘

Zebadee1
Zebadee1Graduate

I did my first Parkrun after graduation. However I fell into the trap of trying to keep up with people around me and struggled to run all the way. Lessons learnt! I now start need the back (it will reflect on your official time, but not much) and try to keep to my own pace. I get overtaken by some and overtake others. You will see that there'll be people of all abilities . There's no shame in walking all or part of the course. I still do sometimes. Give it a go and enjoy it πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Zebadee1

Thank you Zebadee1. You are right - there's a big mixture of abilities and ages, but they all started off running and that would have caught me out if I had gone today, not having seen it in action before. I suppose any C25k runners in the pack will have done their warm up walk first? I will run w6r3 this weekend and get into some of the longer runs and see how I'm doing in a few weeks time.

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

This post gives our advice about parkrun along with many other tips. healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you for sending me the link about Parkrun. It answered many of my questions and the advice is really helpful. I missed it the first time round as I was on the IC. Had I run today without reading this or seeing a Parkrun in action first, I would have been caught out by everyone running from the start. I guess that the C25kers who take part do their 5 min warm up walk before the Parkrun starts. It would be easy to get swept up with everyone else, so the advice about being mindful to keep to your routine is really sound. The atmosphere was great though - really supportive and fun, despite the weather!

Jiveblue
JiveblueGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

Hi

I did my first Parkrun a week after my Graduation but stuck to my well-learned C25K routine of walking the first 5 mins. Then I ran when Laura commanded and kept going till the end. For subsequent Parkruns I usually get dropped off about 5 mins walk away so that I can start running when the siren goes off! But there are plenty of folk who walk all the way round and seem happy to be there. I love the mix of ages and abilities and the chance to strike up random conversations at the start or at the end waiting for your barcode to be read. I’m amazed that week after week there are always 20-30 first timers and the Parkrun I do is pretty busy (averaging 400-500) runners every week. Learning how to pace myself and when/how to overtake other runners is a while new ballgame and one I’m enjoying learning about. Good grief ... less than 6 months ago I was a watcher and now I’m actually taking part. C25K - and now Parkrun - has had a remarkable effect on my life. Good luck with your efforts and revel in your achievements!! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Jiveblue

Thank you Jiveblue for sharing your experience of Parkrun. It was really interesting to read you did your 5 minute warm up walk at the start of your run. Everyone started off running today, which I wasn't expecting. I thought there would be some c25k walkers at the start, but no, unless they did their 5 minutes warm up before running. There were plenty walkers during the run though 😊. I agree, I think pacing myself will be tricky as I have always run on my own. It must be hard not to get swept up with everyone else. It was a really friendly atmosphere at Parkrun today, despite the wind and the rain. I'll do a bit more watching and build up to taking part. Thank you πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate
in reply to Jiveblue

Great post ...and I totally agree with you about Parkrun.

C25K has totally changed my fitness but even more importantly my well-being generally. Good luck and enjoy your running πŸ‘πŸ’

Jerichomile
JerichomileGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

I think you’ll really enjoy it Delly-Dot, just do it your way, there’s no pressure, no expectations, just running / walking together, it’s great πŸ‘πŸ‘

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Jerichomile

Thank you. It was a great to see PR. There was probably about 150 or so today as the weather wasn't good. Lovely atmosphere all the same.

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate

Reply from a whimp...not yet. It works for others but I want to be able to do 5k a little nearer to 30 mins...maybe 35. Still on 40mins. Totally wimpy I realise. πŸ€”πŸ€£πŸ‘

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate
in reply to Nilsam

Me neither. Mainly because I'm a grumpy biscuit and enjoy running on my own. My home town is starting one in April, so maybe I'll change my mind.

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate
in reply to Speedy60

Love the grumpy biscuit. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate
in reply to Nilsam

Me too. Any kind of biscuit will do, actually. πŸ˜‹

In a past life I used that avatar on a teaching forum, where it felt more appropriate. I was going to change it for something a bit more upbeat, but I've grown kinda attached to it.

Happy running. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ™‚πŸ‘

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate
in reply to Speedy60

:-)

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Speedy60

I always run on my own so I don't know how I'd feel running within a group of people. Watching Parkrun this morning was good and it spaces out quite quickly though, so I guess I'd find myself a lone runner space if I wanted it! (at the back!). I'm glad I went to watch today though. The atmosphere was very friendly and encouraging.

sTrongFuse
sTrongFuseGraduate
in reply to Nilsam

I wouldn't worry about time. 40 minutes would see you somewhere in the second third of finishers at mine. I hadn't run 5k in under 39 minutes when I did my first one. You will find that running in a crowd will make you go quicker; the trick is not to let yourself get caught up and go too fast.

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate
in reply to sTrongFuse

πŸ‘

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to sTrongFuse

There were so many different abilities and ages of runners down there today and it was such a friendly atmosphere. I'll get some long runs under my belt first and see how I go.

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Nilsam

Not wimpy, Enid's just not ready yet. I don't think I feel ready yet after watching Parkrun today, as everyone runs from the start, but I guess they do their warm up walks first? I'll get some of the longer runs under my belt first and see how I feel. It was a great atmosphere down there though, lots of support for runners of all abilities.

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

That's good to hear, Delly-dot. I may have to leave Enid on the bench (or at home) once I feel ready. :-)

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate
in reply to Nilsam

Not wimpy at all Nilsam - we do what we’re comfy with not what anyone else thinks we could or should do! Happy running!

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thank you, Oldgirlruns, there is certainly something about reaching a certain age that makes it ok to do what you want. :-)

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate
in reply to Nilsam

Oh yes!

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate
in reply to Nilsam

Not wimpy! You are running 5k that's brilliant. Not there yet, usually manage just over 4k. The park runs feel like too much pressure at the moment! Bit of a loner...

Nilsam
NilsamGraduate
in reply to Roxdog

Thanks, Roxdog. However, we are not alone. We are all in it together. :-) Team CoachTo5K. :-) Happy Running.

How do you find out where there is a park run?

linda9389
linda9389Ambassador
in reply to Timotea

You can search via this link parkrun.org.uk/events/event...

Elfe5
Elfe5Graduate
in reply to Timotea

Sensible guess - Try looking up β€œnearest Parkrun” online or β€œnearest Parkrun + place name”. πŸ˜„

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Timotea

they have a website parkrun.org.uk and have links to local park runs.

Evol
EvolGraduate

I still haven't done 1! Our closest is about an hour away, don't fancy getting up so early on a Saturday morning. I also run along the canal, so flat, not sure what to expect with gradients!

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Evol

Oh I'd love a flat run. I ran a flat coastal path last week which made me realise my route is quite undulating. An hour's drive makes quite a lengthy round trip for a Parkrun for you. I'm glad I went to watch - it was a great atmosphere today.

linda9389
linda9389Ambassador

I waited far too long! I had a printed barcode for over a year before I actually used it - madness! think how many I missed! Just do it. Whenever you want to. But do not be afraid of anything, because honestly there is nothing to fear. Lots of people walk the whole route, so include your warm up walk, whatever your next scheduled run is, and then walk the rest. Do not be tempted to deviate from plan, but there's no problem walking at the end. You will enjoy being a part of it.

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to linda9389

Thank you Linda. It was a lovely atmosphere down there today and I know I'd love to be a part of it. I was a bit surprised that everyone ran from the start, no walkers - I looked out for them thinking that I'd be amongst them, but perhaps they do their warm up walk first before the start? I shall get some of the longer runs under my belt and see how I am going in a week or two, which will be me approaching graduation 🀞🏼- now there's a thought! Graduation at Parkrun?

linda9389
linda9389Ambassador
in reply to Delly-dot

Maybe everyone runs at the start and at the end but walks in between πŸ™‚. Graduation at parkrun would indeed be special πŸ™‚. Volunteering is is lovely too - I've volunteered exactly twice as many rimes as I have run 🀣

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate

I did my first parkrun in week 2 of the programme and walked the whole lot. Took me 47 minutes. I then did the 3rd run of each week in parkrun. By week 7 I could compete the whole parkrun. Don't worry, it's completely inclusive. I just did my 99th today which I did in 2 years. 😁

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Tasha99

That's really good to know, thank you.

Having your third run of each week at Parkrun must really help you to see your progress. You did brilliantly to make it all by week 7. Good luck for your 100th Parkrun!

Wenderwoo
WenderwooGraduate

I did my one and only PR at W6R2. I started it with the walk, and found myself alone for most of it after most people had run out of sight. When I’d finished the W6R2 I still had about 2k to go and had intended walking it, but ended up starting to run again (probably not the greatest idea). I finished it in about 55 mins - near the end, but not last, lol! There’s no reason why you can’t do it now, just take care not to get sucked in like I did πŸ‘πŸ˜

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Wenderwoo

I think I will wait until I have completed some of the longer runs and see how I'm doing then. Watching the Parkrun today was good because even though my husband had said that runners of all abilities take part, I didn't believe him! Everyone was so encouraging of each other, but I was still surprised nobody began with a walk - that would be me and I feel I'd stick out like a sore thumb. Who knows, if I start with a walk someone else might do too.....

Wenderwoo
WenderwooGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

Somebody on here suggested to me to do the walk before the start, but that leaves longer to walk at the end πŸ€”unless you can complete the 5k within the β€œrun” time, and that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon for me, lol!

Mum22boys
Mum22boysGraduate

Hi Delly-dot, I did my first about 3 weeks after I graduated, wanted to make sure I could run 5k, but there's plenty of people who walk if they need to. I think you'll just know if you're ready. Good luck

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Mum22boys

Thank you. I think a lot of it is to do with confidence for me so I will wait until I get into the longer runs over the next couple of weeks and see how I am doing. It was lovely watching the Parkrun today, a really supportive and friendly bunch of people.

Mum22boys
Mum22boysGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

I was a bit like that, you will just know. I'm always amazed the number of people who come out to watch, especially in the bad weather!!

Hi Delly-dot. I didn’t do one until I had consolidated and had already run 5k. So - started in May and did a Park run in August.

Could have done intervals, though of course.

I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to doing another. But I’m happy to do the same again, run after I’ve done 5k.

My β€œSmart” target is May half term 😊

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Hi Comfort. Everyone who has taken part in PR clearly enjoys it. There's lots of positive comments which is brilliant.

I'm intrigued to know what a "Smart" target is? Also noticed you also talk in teacher speak - "half term"!

Yes indeed teacher speak!

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Relevant

Time bound

🀯

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Ah! Thought so, me too. There seems to be a few of us, both past and present, on this forum!

The kids can’t be the only things to keep us on our toes!

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate

You can do it! Start it with the warm up walk then do your week and then walk what’s left (a little run at the end is permitted)

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate

Also you can always walk it, then you get to know then course and your time will improve eachweek

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Couchpotato2

Thank you. I think I’ll give it a go in a few weeks & do my warm up all just before they start. Nobody walked from the start today!

Sar9
Sar9Graduate

Everyone’s different. I just graduated and still fairly anxious about going to a park run - even though I desperately want to!

I think there’s people of all abilities at these events, some people walk, some run. So varying times. And I’ve heard they’re great atmosphere. So just whenever you feel ready :)

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Sar9

It was a great atmosphere today and I'm really glad I went to watch. I would recommend going along to see a Parkrun first for anyone like me who is unsure about what it is all about. It really is very inclusive and I will definitely be going along in the next few weeks.

Gememms
GememmsGraduate

You could always give it a go - run a bit and walk a bit. You will have a PB from the get go and you can chip away at your time once you run more. It will all count towards your 50 T-Shirt!

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Gememms

I like the idea of chipping away at a PB. There were lots of people running in their PR t-shirts yesterday. Thank you 😊

Gememms
GememmsGraduate

I started Couch in 2015 (get fit for 50), Im slow and steady. Worked up to York 10K by 2016. Had a knee injury so lay dormant. Came home at the end of Summer Term in 2019 (yes, Im a teacher) and I weighed the size of a whale and had to get back to Couch. I was entranced by Michael Johnson and now I am back running 3 times a week and hitting ParkRun when not on Saturday School. All good - find the right ParkRun - I prefer the ones without hills!

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to Gememms

Hi. I’m also a teacher! Stepped out of the classroom exhausted though a couple of years ago and now do home tuition & haven’t looked back 😊. There seems to be a few of us on here! I’ve just turned 50 so it’s my mission to do a 5k in my 50th year. ParkRun seems a perfect way to work towards my goal. I went with my husband yesterday. He ran and I watched. He’s longing for me to do it too but I wanted to check it out first. It’s a great atmosphere.

Gememms
GememmsGraduate
in reply to Delly-dot

Yes, a milestone birthday is a good time to set goals. My husband is 50 this Autumn and he just picked up his 100 milestone T-shirt so it something nice to do as a couple even though he does it in half the time to me! There is a tail walker that you could join but I am sure you would break into a little trot if you have already done some of the weeks training. ParkRun people are so supportive and we are always grateful to the volunteers who make it happen.

My next run is W6r1. I’ve decided to wait until I’ve graduated before I do a park run. It feels like an extra incentive to me to continue the C25K.

Check to see if your local park run has a Facebook page. Mine does and through reading their posts I discovered they have a C25K running group within their park run. They are a little behind me, but it is nice to know there will be others not running the whole PR. I’m a bit surprised no one started with a walk when you spectated! Maybe it was an odd week!

I’ve run my PR route alone three times now, logging my run with map my run. I then look up the results page for my PR online (they update each week) and give myself a finishing place πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£. Running strictly to the C25K program with a 5 min warm up at the start, I’m coming in in the second third group - so not too bad. I’m just about to start Wk8 and thinking about doing the PR for real next weekend or the weekend after.

Let us know how you get on when you do your first ParkRun :)

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to DrEdFullyunfit

Thanks for the tip about Facebook - I will check it out. I was surprised nobody walked at the start. I was watching because that is what I’d want to do. I guess I’ll just tell the tail walkers my plan and chat with them for the first 5 mins! Then I’ll run as I will be into my longer runs in a couple of weeks and I’ll just see how far I get. 😊

Sounds like a very good plan - far better than being tempted to go off plan with C25K.

It might be interesting to have a look at the results page for your run. The times on mine range from about 55 mins to 20 mins (!) so there has got to be a wide range of speeds and some walkers.

Delly-dot
Delly-dotGraduate
in reply to DrEdFullyunfit

Another good idea πŸ’‘! Thank you 😊

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