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More Running Than Walking

The last day of August was a Saturday, which can only mean one thing, parkrun day!

I’d seen on the Facebook page of my running club that they were encouraging everyone to wear their club tops to run in on Saturday. Not for any particular reason, but just because, naturally I obliged.

I’m a bit all over with my running. I’ve done a continuous 2 mile run and a variety of run/walks but I wasn’t sure what to do on the day so decided to wing it. I’d run as much as I could and walk when I needed to.

I set off and run a little bit with Gavin from my running club. He’d got penned in with his buggy at the back so was waiting for the crowd to thin out a little before making a break for it. After he left me Pete caught up with me and we ran for a short while together. He was sandwiching his parkrun in the middle of a long run. He’s training for Ironman Wales so his tapering run that he was doing was still a whopping 10 miles!

After he too had left me I took my first walk break. I was just over a mile in. I only walked for a minute and then continued. As I continued I only took a couple more walk breaks which I was pleased about. After we hit the turnaround point, there’s over a mile to the next turnaround point, and there was a glorious cool breeze that allowed me to run quite comfortably without overheating which pleased me enormously.

For the duration of the run I could see the 40 minute pacer ahead of me. At some points he was closer to me and at other points he seemed much further away. I try not to look at my watch whilst I’m running but gauged my finish time to be around 43-45 minutes given the distance between us at the end. As I was on the final section the pacer was cheering people in to the funnel and I figured he must have finished and come back round to cheer others on so as I entered the funnel and stopped my watch I was surprised to see a 39 at the beginning. Turns out the pacer had gone too fast and then walked through the funnel when he hit the 40 minute mark!

My official time came through and I finished in 39:20. I looked at my watch at the start and saw it had taken me 22 seconds to cross the start line so actually it should have had 38 at the beginning.

Does it take you long to get over the start line at your local parkrun?

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Earning the National Parks Award

I track my workouts using my Apple Watch. Occasionally it will pop up with an award to earn. These are usually related to a National day e.g. International Yoga Day

Saturday 25th August was National Parks Day. I’d already decided to give parkrun a miss. I’ve been feeling a bit run down lately. Despite getting my 8 hours (at least) a night, I’m waking up exhausted so with the long weekend upon us, I decided to opt for a few extra hours in bed.

I then did a treadmill run. To earn the award you had to complete 3 miles so that set my target nicely. As it was warm I decided to run/walk on the treadmill rather than just run. I opted for a 3 minute run followed by a 1 minute walk.

When I got going it soon warmed up in the garage where my treadmill is. My exercise bike (also in the garage) tells you the temperature and it was a rather warm 25c in there with absolutely no breeze. I got really hot! I managed 2 miles then had to put my running time down to 2 minutes and then eventually 1 minute.

When I’d finished, despite feeling ok on the treadmill I felt a bit unwell. I think it was just due to the heat because when I went and laid down under the fan in the living room and cooled off I soon felt fine again. Definitely confirmed (again) for me how much I’m not made for heat!

National Park Award

The National Park Award

Do you like treadmill running?

Which is your favourite National Park?

 

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parkrun and More Flat Hunting

I tell lots of people about parkrun. Usually it’s work colleagues who are intrigued by me going every week. Quite often they say “Oh I’d like to do something like that, I can’t run though” to which I always reply “You can walk it if you want, if you ever fancy going, I’d be happy to walk it with you” I never nag them to come to parkrun, I never force them to say yes just to shut me up. Lots of people have said they’ll come to parkrun, they register, chat about it, make all the arrangements to come and then Saturday morning they text with whatever their reason not to come is.

You can see where this is leading, on Saturday 17th August, a work colleague was supposed to be joining me. Again, I didn’t nag them or force them, in fact, they asked me. Anyway Saturday morning my phone beeped with the text that, to be honest, I was expecting. I was a bit annoyed though as the day before I’d run 2 miles non stop as our plan was to walk with maybe a little bit of running on the Saturday. Now I would have to still run walk to as not to aggravate my injury but if I’d have known they were going to pull out, I wouldn’t have run on the Friday.

Anyway, I set off with the plan on running for 3 minutes and walking for 1 minute. It felt so hard. I haven’t been running as much as I should lately and I had been for a run the day before. It was breezy yet muggy. Surprisingly though, even though it felt difficult my splits weren’t actually that different. I felt like I was getting progressively slower, yet miles 2 and 3 were exactly the same.

Mile 1: 12:12min/mile
Mile 2: 12:27min/mile
Mile 3: 12:27min/mile

Maria had waited for me and ran the last bit with me. She actually commented on how fast my sprint finish was! Watch out Bolt! haha

parkrun selfie

My mum was coming down at some point on Saturday morning to go and view more flats. We didn’t know what time she’d get here. When I got in from parkrun I grabbed breakfast then went for a bath. I commented to my husband “I can guarantee I’ll get in the bath and she’ll arrive” Just as I got in the bath the doorbell rang!

We went to view 3 flats all in Gosport. Each flat got progressively better and I think she’s found the one! We went to look round the last flat and to help her get her bearings I took her the very short walk to Gosport waterfront which looks out over Portsmouth Harbour. She was pretty impressed by the view, and in the picture below, you can see why.

Portsmouth Harbour

That evening my husband and I had dinner booked at the café we use after parkrun. We booked it way back in March as they sell it so quickly and I couldn’t remember for the life of me which options I’d selected from the menu. So, each course was a nice surprise. I had garlic mushrooms on a crisp bread, vegetable lasagne with a side of seasonal vegetables and orange sponge cake with orange sauce and custard. It was absolutely delicious but the pair of us left feeling stuffed! We enjoyed it so much though we booked straight on to the next available one…April 2020!

Do people ever let you down over parkrun?

Have you ever had to book so far in advance to eat somewhere?

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A Non-Stop 2 Mile Run

I feel like my running is so patchy at the minute. I hate running in the heat and I don’t have the energy to run after work at the moment as it’s so hot all day I’m exhausted by the end of my 11 hour day.

On Friday 16th August, following my recent successful 2 mile run on the treadmill (Read about it here) I wanted to give it a bash outdoors. I went out earlyish and it was actually nice and cool. There was a fresh breeze which helped keep me cool.

I ran non stop along the parkrun route. I did well until the last half a mile where my legs turned to lead and I felt like I was running through treacle. I was so tempted to stop as I ran past the route where I could just turn off and go home but I kept it going. Strangely that 2nd mile was actually my faster of the 2 miles! I was pleased that I maintained a good pace too. My average pace was 12:01min/mile, which, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that’s pretty fast for me.

I’m pleased that I completed it but also I can’t believe I’m back to barely being able to run. I can’t believe in May I ran a 10K! I guess this is what injury does to you and you just have to come back stronger. I’m hopeful once the weather cools off I’ll ramp my running back up again (sensibly of course!)

On my walk back home from my run I snapped this picture of the flowers near the prom. They’re far more vibrant than they look on this picture.

Flowers

How do you keep motivated when you feel like your running isn’t going great?

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I Ran My 150th Mile for 2019!

On Sunday I ran my 150th mile for 2019. I know lots of people will have surpassed this total months ago but I’m still super proud.

150 miles is from where I live on the South Coast to beyond Calais in France. 150 miles is from where I live on the South Coast to Nottingham in the Midlands. It’s the same as a 3 hour car drive!

I didn’t expect to complete my 150th mile on the treadmill though! But Sunday morning was windy still, with the aftermath of the storm, as well as rainy! I just wasn’t feeling it and was debating doing nothing at all, but that’s not what I wanted so the treadmill it was!

I knew I needed 2 miles in the bank to reach my 150th mile so that’s what I did. I ran the whole thing too and it was absolutely fine! Hurrah.

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A Hardcore parkrun

Saturday’s parkrun was pretty wild. My weather app told me the wind speed was 45mph, but later on the news I heard the gusts had been 60mph.

Walking down to parkrun was strange. It was so windy, yet it was a warm wind. I’d expected it to be colder. As soon as I turned on to the street that takes you to the seafront, I was almost blown away! The wind was strong!

I’d decided it was time to move on from the 1 minute run/walking which I’ve done the last two weeks at parkrun and I thought I’d give 2 minutes running and 1 minute walking a whirl. I was run/walking on my own but it never feels like you’re on your own at parkrun as you’re surrounded by others and their conversations.

To be honest the run/walking was absolutely fine and there’s really nothing to report on that front. However, the wind made it really difficult. Although running along the coast you’re always exposed, there are some points where you’re more exposed and I could feel my legs being blown sideways from under me! Very disorientating!

All the way along I could see there was sea foam blowing off the sea. Nothing prepared me for when a big clump of it hit me in the face! It was icy cold and of course, very salty! The spray off the sea was continuous and quite refreshing as it was actually really warm!

I was definitely glad to be finished by the end as it’d felt like running whilst pushing a brick wall at some points. I was really surprised to finish in under 40 minutes! I’d kept the 40 minute pacer in sight but she was quite a way ahead of me and I finished after her so presumed I’d have finished over 40 minutes.

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parkrun and Flat Hunting

Saturday was of course parkrun day! I’ve still not been running much so decided to join the run/walk pacer again. My mum was down this weekend so I went and met her and she volunteered as a marshal.

When she went to her marshalling spot Maria and I decided to run together with the run/walk pacer so we could have a bit of a catch up. However, as we ran, we soon lost the run/walk pacer. It’s so crowded now at my local parkrun that as we over took people walking, as the other runners were passing the pacer couldn’t get by so we ended up really separated from her and the other people run/walking so we decided to keep on going and I’d keep an eye on my watch. This kind of worked! We were too busy chatting and kept going over the 1 minute!

It was very humid and hot again and despite there being a breeze I was soon too hot for this to make any sort of difference. In the final mile I was sweltering and it wasn’t my legs making me slow down, it was the fact I was so damn hot and sweating profusely! Although I really felt like I was slowing down with each mile, I actually ran progressively faster with each mile, which was a nice surprise.

My splits were: Mile 1: 14:03 Mile 2: 13:25 Mile 3: 13:21

 

Afterwards we went and had a quick shower and then went to view some flats with my Mum as she’s moving down here (Southampton) She’s sold her house in Sheffield now so the pressure is on to find somewhere here.

It wasn’t that successful unfortunately. The first flat we had to move youths off the doorstep to get in to the block of flats and then the resident was in bed. She’d forgotten there was a viewing and the flat was VERY untidy! The 2nd flat had previously been owned by a smoker and my word! The smell was eyewatering. The 3rd flat actually made me a bit sad. The owner didn’t have a sofa or TV. Apparently she was a student and worked so just used the flat as a base. The bed was also an airbed on pallets. However, she did work at Sprinkles so her life isn’t all bad! And the 4th flat, well, my mum refused to even stop the car as the area looked so bad!

So for now, the search continues!

Have you seen some sights whilst house/flat hunting?

Is your local parkrun crowded?

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parkrun Travels

parkrun logo

I have an upcoming holiday booked. We’re flying out to Canada for two weeks of road tripping across Canada before dropping down in to Seattle in the US.

Naturally I have juggled our plans around to try and schedule in a couple of parkruns. One will be in Canada and the other in Seattle.

Canada

The first overseas parkrun I’ll attend is called Nose Hill parkrun and is in Calgary. The course is described as a mix of trail, tarmac and grass. It looks pretty flat from the course page. However, as there seems to be new parkruns popping up each week in Canada, this may well change.

USA

Once we cross the border to the US I plan on attending Renton parkrun in Seattle. The course is on paths along the Cedar River Trail and from the satellite view on the map, it looks like a wooded area.

I’m really looking forward to taking my parkrun tourism overseas!

Have you ever done a parkrun overseas?

What’s the furthest you’ve travelled for a parkrun?

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a parkrun/walk

On Saturday I headed down to my local parkrun. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m now building back up my running distances due to an injury.

I figured, today I’d join the run/walk pacer because I’m allowed to run 1.5miles and I figured technically that’d be ok. The run/walk pacer that day was Sue. Sue and I follow each other on some social media platforms but have never met. Sue is currently living with Stage 4 cancer and is part of the “5K your way, moving against cancer” group. Once a month they attend various parkruns and there’s a large group attend at my local parkrun.

I forewarned Sue of two things 1. I might not be able to keep up because of my injury and 2. I have two fat blisters! One on the ball of each foot. (I wore flip flops the day before and it obviously ended badly)

There was one other lady run/walking with us who was Sue’s friend Lucy. All three of us chatted together easily which is always a relief when running with new people. Thankfully because I had been and bought some blister plasters before parkrun, my blisters were just uncomfortable rather than painful. The running aspect though was absolutely amazing. I felt brilliant. I never struggled, other than being a bit hot.

At the end I felt like I could have easily run/walked an extra mile. It was great and really set my mind at rest about this injury. However, now I’m not sure how to play it. I need to up the distance but do I run/walk and stick at 1.5 miles, or do I run 1.7miles and then walk the rest? Hmm answers in comments please!

Happy face after finishing

After parkrun we went to a local café for breakfast. I scoffed a very tasty cheese and chorizo toastie followed by a mini Victoria sponge cake. We’re attending a dinner evening at the café in August so we also filled in our menu choices for that.

Saturday evening, once the sun had started to set a little we went out and did some work in the garden. We have an ongoing battle with a vine (bindweed) that comes over from a neighbours property. They choose not to garden which is completely their choice but it does make a tricky for us. We spent two hours out there pulling out the vine but to be honest, we could have spent another two hours out there and there’d still be loads. I feel like unless we can tackle it everyday it’s just going to keep growing quicker than we can remove it.

Do you have a 5K Your Way group at your local parkrun?

Do you enjoy gardening?

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Back to Breakfast Club!

On Friday I received a text from Honor asking if I wanted to join her for Breakfast Club on Sunday. She explained, she too, is injured and wanted to try running a mile and walking a mile. This fitted in perfectly with me and my injury.

On Sunday morning when Honor picked me up we were chatting about her injury (She did it sprinting) and we decided to give a one and a half mile run a try. When we got to Breakfast Club we had the usual chat and pre-run photo taken.

Breakfast Club

Today’s run was along the coast so we did exactly as we said we would and ran for 1.5 miles and walked back. It was really hot and muggy and despite hugging the coast we didn’t feel the benefit of a sea breeze!

Luckily for both Honor and I our runs were pain free and I felt fine the next day too. Hurrah!

Afterwards we had breakfast and I scoffed down a toasted bagel with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs! It was delicious!

How do you like to refuel after a run?

Do you attend any local running groups?

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