Parkrun triumphs

Every time either me or the kids do something good at Parkrun, I blog about it. But I’m aware I’m blogging about Parkrun quite a lot and it’s pretty niche. I suspect most of my readers aren’t interested. I’m not saying I’ll never blog about Parkrun ever again, but I’ve decided to collect these small victories together in one post rather than give them a post each! So here goes…

On 28th November 2015, I was the 100th person across the line out of 321 runners. I was the 11th woman home (not bad for an old bird!) and, best of all, I was first in my age category, in a time of 24.52. The time was a little way off my PB, but I absolutely love being first in my age category!

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On Christmas Day, my eldest chalked up his 10th Parkrun, which is a milestone for juniors rewarded with a special Tshirt. Not bad at all considering he only ran his first Parkrun on 19th September. It took my daughter and I a lot longer to reach 10 Parkruns!

On the first Parkrun of the new year, somebody (OK, it was me) fell over in the mud and really struggled to get back up again. Oh, the humiliation! Once I was back on my feet I ran pretty quickly – managing an average time of 8 minutes and 2 seconds per mile.

Muddy legs, Parkrun, Running

On 9th January, my eldest finally beat his PB. Ironically, after weeks of making me run with him to pace him, he did it all on his own. It was just a few seconds, but it was a big milestone for him. Next stop, 27 minutes! His aim is to reach 24 minutes by the end of 2016. It won’t be easy, but I think a boy of his age and size should be able to manage it by running regularly.

On 16th January, I wasn’t even sure I should run as I had a bad cold. I didn’t push myself, but I finished 116th out of 406 runners, was the 11th woman across the line and first in my age category in a very respectable time of 24 minutes 55 seconds. It was very icy and looked like this! My daughter hadn’t wanted to run that day as she was feeling bad about losing fitness and stamina while she did the panto. I managed to persuade her and she ran in 32 minutes 11 seconds, motivated every step of the way by her lovely best friend!

Parkrun, Running, Winter, Frost

On 30th January, I yet again ran in under 25 minutes (24:40 to be precise) and came first in my age category, out of 25 women. It seems I’m pretty consistent when I run on my own!

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On 13th February I finished in 95th place out of 405 runners, that was my first time inside the top 100. As well as winning my age category as usual, I was the 7th woman across the line. I don’t think I’ve ever been in the top 10 women before either!

Parkrun, Running, 365, 366

On 20th February, after several weeks off from Parkrun, my son beat his PB again and got down to 27 minutes – well, 27 minutes and 18 seconds at least. Here’s hoping he can keep it up!

Here’s to lots more triumphs for the whole family for the rest of 2016!

“MumofThree

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. You know I love the parkrun posts. Well done, you’re such a speedy runner and it’s fantastic that the whole family are involved. I’m so happy that we’ve now got a parkrun in my home town and are managing to get there every other week. We have to build it around the ballet run!

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    • Thanks very much! It’s great that the whole family does it (although my younger son very rarely makes an appearance!). It must be great to have your own Parkrun at last. Luckily our ballet isn’t on Saturday, but school rugby is and sometimes that makes it difficult to fit in with running 🙁

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  2. I think they’re great. We’re about to get a Parkrun, my teen has been wanting to join one for ages. I look forward to taking him & me sitting in the cafe with coffee while he runs. I’ll be a bit envious as I have arthritis & can’t run. : )

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    • Sorry to hear about your arthritis, but glad to hear you’re getting your Parkrun! It will be great for your boy though 🙂

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  3. Well done to all of you!! Every family has a thing and I think this is yours. I have to admit I didn’t even know what Park run was before I saw you write about it!

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    • Thanks very much! I think it definitely is our thing – four out of five of us do it pretty regularly 🙂

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  4. I love to read your Parkrun post Sarah, sometimes I get so busy I forget to stop by ( so tweet me when you post them!?)

    You are doing great. What a fab time. My last Park run I did in 29.39 mine is getting worse!! I have decieded I am going to work hard and get a 25 sometime this year!? I need to put the training back in as having a dog I just end up walking a few hours a day and playing frisbee with her. But she will run if I do!!

    I bet it is a great feeling coming high up when their is hundreds in a Parkrun, ours are still about 150 ish so they are spread out alot. I love the fact we can do parkrun as a family, even Mollie can run when we get her a special lead!! I am looking forward to train for my 25!! Especially now we have a new run in the forest.

    Keep up the great running, and keep posting!! Your are my inspiration!!

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    • Thanks very much, what a lovely thing to say! I love reading about your running too. Good luck with getting to that 25 – I’m sure you can do it if you take part regularly. Walking the dog is pretty good exercise anyway, but nothing really beats running, does it? 🙂

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  5. Well done, great times! I’ve been desperate to break the 25 minute mark but still haven’t managed it – my time this week was 25:05, so near yet so far. I do manage to come first in my age category (45-49) most weeks but that’s only because it’s a small Park Run and there aren’t many others of my age!

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    • Wow, that is close! You would come close to winning my age category (40-44) with that time too. The second person is usually a minute or even two behind me. Good luck with smashing that 25!

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  6. I love reading about your running and parkrun! I didn’t realise how super fast you are either. My fastest 5k is 25:44 but that’s on the flat roads nearby my house – parkrun is so more offroad and I am always anxious running through mud so have never got that fast! Saying that I’ve only done two! Wish it was slightly closer too as I feel by the time I’m up, breakfasted, driven there and done it I could have run more closer to home – but the atmosphere is fab 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! We’re lucky that Parkrun isn’t far from us, it only takes a few minutes to drive there. Your fastest 5k is pretty fast too! Our Parkrun is on a path, so it’s not too slippy, although there is slippy mud if you try to overtake, as I discovered!

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  7. Well done you! Fantastic work on the park runs! I keep meaning to do our local park run but haven’t made it yet. I really need to make an effort to get there #countrykids

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    • Thanks very much! It’s worth giving it a go – we soon found ourselves addicted and a lot of people do!

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  8. Your park runs are an inspiration to me, I love how it has become a bot of a family event with you each supporting one another and and all doing so well. I must say I am so impressed with your times Sarah, in all my years of running I never managed these levels. I love the new style combined posts, so many achievements in one post! Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    • Thanks very much! I thought it was good to share lots of achievements rather than blogging about all of them. I think I’ve gradually built up my speed after many years of running, but I’ve definitely become more competitive in recent years!

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  9. My personal best is something like 45 minutes. Frankly I am just excited I can run 5km at all. Could run. I haven’t actually done any running for about six months. I am in AWE. But I like the fact it’s such a family thing too. I think that’s the direction I’ll have to take it if I want to get back out again now.

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    • Thanks very much! I keep telling my daughter that to be able to run that distance at all is an achievement. She’s got a PB of 29:30 so gets cross with herself if it takes her 34 minutes, as it sometimes does!

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  10. I always find your park run posts interesting as I’d never heard of them before I starting looking at your’s and Becky’s posts about them. It’s lovely to see your progress too – although of course you are clearly nuts to be up running in the mornings xxxx #CountryKids

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    • Thanks very much! Being up in the morning running is the best thing to me! Parkrun is really addictive, we all love it! x

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  11. Good for you and the improvements you are both making. It’s good that it is something you can all enjoy and get fit in the process. Great photos. Keep going! #CountryKids

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    • Thanks very much! I think we will keep going, we’re all addicted! x

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  12. I keep thinking I must get out running again after reading your parkrun posts. Love how it’s become a family event with all of you supporting and challenging each other,

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    • Thanks very much. It’s great that we can do it as a family – three miles is a long enough distance to challenge the kids, but not so far they can’t cope with it.

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  13. Well done to you and your family! I used to run, but have a bad ankle so I doubt if I’ll be entering any competitions soon. But it’s nice to read about others though! I find it inspiring 🙂 x #loudnproud

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  14. I love that it’s a real family affair for you. Sounds like the children get a real sense of achievement from it.

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