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  • 4 weeks later...

Did my local parkrun on Christmas Day. I've slowed down a lot recently at 24.12 but oddly it was exactly the same time that I did on the 18th December at a different parkrun. 

This week I haven't decided where to go yet. It might depend on the weather.

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Started Parkruns just under 6 years ago. Initially, I was coming in at 32.30 and over time, managed to peak at 27.53. From day 1, I managed to run 8 consecutive PBs and really got the bug. I enjoyed racing against the clock and didn't find it difficult to get our of bed to do it. I had some company too with a pal from the village who came along often. I managed to do 37 runs in total.

Several years down the line, I have started running again, after a break of over 3 years. At that time, I had slowly regressed to just under 32 mins. Problem is, I am now only churning out 7 min kms, and to add to the shame, I am only producing this over 3k. 

I've told myself I won't be park running until I can run under 35 min for 5k and even that I am finding embarrassing. Time will tell how quickly I can get back on track, if at all, but I think it will be running on my own in the locality, rather than with others at Parkrun.

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10 hours ago, Northern Eel said:

Started Parkruns just under 6 years ago. Initially, I was coming in at 32.30 and over time, managed to peak at 27.53. From day 1, I managed to run 8 consecutive PBs and really got the bug. I enjoyed racing against the clock and didn't find it difficult to get our of bed to do it. I had some company too with a pal from the village who came along often. I managed to do 37 runs in total.

Several years down the line, I have started running again, after a break of over 3 years. At that time, I had slowly regressed to just under 32 mins. Problem is, I am now only churning out 7 min kms, and to add to the shame, I am only producing this over 3k. 

I've told myself I won't be park running until I can run under 35 min for 5k and even that I am finding embarrassing. Time will tell how quickly I can get back on track, if at all, but I think it will be running on my own in the locality, rather than with others at Parkrun.

Have you looked into doing the Couch to 5k programme?

I've a friend who was knocking out half marathons for fun a couple of years but then Covid came along and completely knocked first their health and secondly their confidence. Once the health was gone they found they just weren't mentally there to cope with their new standard. Like you, they couldn't really get past being embarrassed when compared to how they had been before.

I've not done it myself but they found Couch to 5k altered their focus a lot and helped them get back out running for fun. They're nowhere near half-marathons for fun but they are now doing 5-10k runs in a way that they enjoy and don't find embarrassing.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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11 hours ago, Northern Eel said:

Started Parkruns just under 6 years ago. Initially, I was coming in at 32.30 and over time, managed to peak at 27.53. From day 1, I managed to run 8 consecutive PBs and really got the bug. I enjoyed racing against the clock and didn't find it difficult to get our of bed to do it. I had some company too with a pal from the village who came along often. I managed to do 37 runs in total.

Several years down the line, I have started running again, after a break of over 3 years. At that time, I had slowly regressed to just under 32 mins. Problem is, I am now only churning out 7 min kms, and to add to the shame, I am only producing this over 3k. 

I've told myself I won't be park running until I can run under 35 min for 5k and even that I am finding embarrassing. Time will tell how quickly I can get back on track, if at all, but I think it will be running on my own in the locality, rather than with others at Parkrun.

Any complete park run is not embarrassing, it’s better than most who don’t actually do it 👍🏼

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13 hours ago, Northern Eel said:

I've told myself I won't be park running until I can run under 35 min for 5k and even that I am finding embarrassing. Time will tell how quickly I can get back on track, if at all, but I think it will be running on my own in the locality, rather than with others at Parkrun.

Not embarrassing at all. My son could do 17 minutes previously, but he's had a (not running-related) injury which stopped him doing anything for a year and is currently going round in 35-40 minutes. Plenty of people behind him still. The whole point of parkrun is you go at your own speed - plenty of people run a bit, walk a bit or just walk round.

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Several local parkruns iced off this weekend.  Brixworth - a gem of a setting- was open with an alternative course  omitting its steep finish.  I was pleased to get round with my leg still dodgy.  My son got a sub 19pb finishing  first .   A nice confidence  boost. 😀

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New Park Run at Talkin Tarn (a picturesque place 10 miles east of Carlisle) last Saturday

May go and run it next week. Not done one for 3 years, mainly doing much longer trail runs at the weekend, but a mate lives a couple of miles away so we're giving it a go

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After 3 local runs due to weather uncertainty I was back on the road at Beeston in Nottingham. I did it before 4 years ago, when I'd slowed down a lot, but it's nice and flat and a friend gave me a lift. My 3 recent times have alll been around 24.15-24.30 so i was aiming for sub-24. I've upped the training again so I felt it was possible and indeed it was - I flew round the big loop and only slowed on the out and back bit - into the wind on the finishing 800m - ending up at 22.56. 

This was my 8th sub-23 course since last July - very pleased indeed.

Today I started increasing distance in preparation for a half marathon on the Monsal trail in March - 12 miles in cold, grey weather.

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4 hours ago, tim2 said:

After 3 local runs due to weather uncertainty I was back on the road at Beeston in Nottingham. I did it before 4 years ago, when I'd slowed down a lot, but it's nice and flat and a friend gave me a lift. My 3 recent times have alll been around 24.15-24.30 so i was aiming for sub-24. I've upped the training again so I felt it was possible and indeed it was - I flew round the big loop and only slowed on the out and back bit - into the wind on the finishing 800m - ending up at 22.56. 

This was my 8th sub-23 course since last July - very pleased indeed.

Today I started increasing distance in preparation for a half marathon on the Monsal trail in March - 12 miles in cold, grey weather.

This is all excellent and makes me very envious that within a reasonable drive of here I have precisely two parkruns: Hastings and Bedgebury. Just as well I really do like the Hastings one.

I am, hopefully, at my parents next weekend though which will mean a return visit to Banbury's rather fun parkrun. This will be my fifth run there and I'll be hoping to beat my previous best of 24:14 there - but not exactly confident of doing so.

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15 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

This is all excellent and makes me very envious that within a reasonable drive of here I have precisely two parkruns: Hastings and Bedgebury. Just as well I really do like the Hastings one.

I am, hopefully, at my parents next weekend though which will mean a return visit to Banbury's rather fun parkrun. This will be my fifth run there and I'll be hoping to beat my previous best of 24:14 there - but not exactly confident of doing so.

I think I've got about 50 within an hour's drive, about 20 inside 30 minutes

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9 hours ago, tim2 said:

I think I've got about 50 within an hour's drive, about 20 inside 30 minutes

*weeps in A259*

 

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Off to Hull again, this time for my second go at Peter Pan parkrun. It's a deceptive course, flat but with grass sections and lots of corners and hairpins. 24.11, so 80 seconds quicker than my last visit, but into the wind was brutal. it never seems to be possible to catch up what you lose on the headwind when the wind is behind you.

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Visiting the folks this weekend so a first go at Banbury in a few years. Three laps of a park with two of those having loops of a little grassy island to get you to 5k. No real inclines but otherwise it’s a decent mix of surfaces, straights, curves etc.

Made it round in 23:02 which was good enough for 17th out of 210. It’s not much of a PB course so I think proper runners go elsewhere - hence that position!

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Got up at 6am, drove to South Wales via Worcester and did Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun, which laps the racecourse.

Was fine for the first 1km then the wheels came off and I struggled all the way round. Hopefully it was just the early start - 25.21 in the end after 4.30 for the first km.

That's 286 parkruns now at 85 different events.

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Have done Doddington Hall (Lincoln) and Milton Keynes recently. Doddington was quick, MK not so much due to it being very windy and me being tired.

Might take on the hills of Roundhay this week then I have the Monsal Trail Half Marathon the week after.

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Eventually decided on Woodhouse Moor in central Leeds and ran an OK 23.46

 

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No parkrun last week as I was recuperating from the Monsal Trail Half Marathon, where I ran a PB of 1.44.36 despite having a calf issue for most of the race. I was 2nd in my age category.

The day before I did a gentle parkrun at Beverley Westwood - a lovely course on a sunny day with a nice view of the minster at the top of the course. It's all on grass, which I normally don't like but the firm ground made it OK.

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9 hours ago, tim2 said:

No parkrun last week as I was recuperating from the Monsal Trail Half Marathon, where I ran a PB of 1.44.36 despite having a calf issue for most of the race. I was 2nd in my age category.

The day before I did a gentle parkrun at Beverley Westwood - a lovely course on a sunny day with a nice view of the minster at the top of the course. It's all on grass, which I normally don't like but the firm ground made it OK.

Beverley park run have had to cancel a few runs due to bad weather , its a little exposed when weathers unkind . 

Take dog for walks on the Westwood , get 4/5 miles in no problem . Walk into Beverley market place get a coffee/ beer walk back across the Westwood to car parked near racecourse , worse ways to spend a couple of hours . 

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18 hours ago, henage said:

Beverley park run have had to cancel a few runs due to bad weather , its a little exposed when weathers unkind . 

Take dog for walks on the Westwood , get 4/5 miles in no problem . Walk into Beverley market place get a coffee/ beer walk back across the Westwood to car parked near racecourse , worse ways to spend a couple of hours . 

Very impressed with the market - got an expensive but fabulously meat-packed sausage roll that put in twice the calories I'd just burnt.

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Less good news today. Back home at Rother Valley and my calf went at 4km.

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1 hour ago, tim2 said:

Less good news today. Back home at Rother Valley and my calf went at 4km.

Annoying. Hopefully it'll only need a few days of rest rather than anything more serious.

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