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In a race, don't worry about beating the other runners. The only battle you have to win is with the voice in your head, which says you can't do it.
So I was giving a lot of "you can do this" under my breath.
Since last week was 34.31, I'm really impressed that all the faffing about with max only cost me 9 seconds. All set for a new pb next week!
KrisGoo wrote: Thank you for starting this thread I have just checked out the link and the first one near(ish) me is 14th April. I have looked for other running clubs in the past and they are all in the evening when I am training elsewhere. I can't wait and would never have known about it if I hadn't seen it here
I'm so glad you've found a parkrun My Saturday mornings have never been the same. I get up early and help with the set-up and put the kit away at the end so if you want you can get involved in more than just the running. I can well understand why we often get 300+ turn up. It really is a great weekly event.
I just saw this thread and being a runner myself read it all.
As I said I love running, but go a bit longer than the 5k of a parkrun. We don't have those kind of things here in Italy so it is just traininig and the races we have that are organised almost every week. I believe that whatever the distance someone runs, it is great that with the idea of loosing weight we add some kind of activity and running (or swimming or cycling) is great. It will certainly improve your cardiovascular system and streghten therefore you heart. From a weight loss point of view it won't give you any significant results (but still better than nothing and don't forget the benefits), because for the body to start consuming fat you need to run (or do an aerobic activity) at least for an hour and more at an heart rate level that is around 125/130bpm (depending on maxHR of course). If some of you talk about PB means that you are running at your best and therefore going into anaerobic and consuming mostly (we do consume fat but a lower %) gycogen that is readily available. As I said the most important thing is getting off the couch and not finding excuses (like many, it seems to read) to give a proper hand to this diet that looks very easy to do and manage.
Have a great day to those that fast and don't today (me).
If you're just starting, take it easy, don't try to run too fast. There's a useful app called Couch to 5k (C25K) which many new runners find very helpful.