Parkruns and podcasts

Now at my first run of week 8 and did it as a Parkrun. This was my 3rd Parkrun. The first 2 I walked a bit but this time I managed to run the whole way. I start the Podcast during my warmup then stop it. Once the race starts I start it again and have Laura keeping me company and telling me how long I've run for which I find encouraging. Haven't managed to respond when she suggests going a bit faster if you feel OK yet. I still feel I'm not really running more of a shambling jog - but it's more than I've ever managed in my life!

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  • admire this blog, could not even consider park runs near me as they look too much like a serious lot ( central london).

  • Obviously there are many people who are competitive when they do it, but I found it a friendly encouraging thing to do (Cardiff). How about you register online anyway, and have a look at the results page for the one nearest you to see how the ones finishing near last compare with your own time for a 5k ? If you are running 5k on your own you will probably be able to go a bit faster in a parkrun, and the best thing is that you then have an official time for a 5k to build on to get faster? x

  • Fantastic, did a parkrun a few weeks after graduating so well done!

  • My local Parkrun are a very serious lot and very fast times too 17+ minutes for quite a few of the guys - eek!! But I'm an old fool and went down yesterday and walked the route, horrible cold and boring route too. Today I plucked up the courage to go and run it (alone). I knocked 3 minutes off my usual 5Km runs, which have ups in them, this Parkrun is pretty flat, still boring though. So I hopefully graduate on Thursday (W9R2 Tuesday) (W9R3 Thursday) Parkrun Saturday to celebrate graduation. I'll never be a fast runner but thats not what I wanted to do this for in the first place, I just wanted to be fit and healthy and reach my desired weight. I'm now fitter in my 60's than I was in my 40's, I'm 4lbs off my target weight having lost over 2 stone and can run 5Km in just over 30 minutes. Life in retirement has meant so much more to me than stopping work, its meant living life to the full. If I can do this anyone out there who wants to can as well. - Sorry I do get carried away some times!! :O

  • Well done you. Hope you go for the Parkrun. You might find it less boring when there's lots of other runners. I wouldn't worry about the guys up front. My experience is that as keen runners they like seeing anyone taking up their sport and the volunteer marshalls always cheer on everyone..

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