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Did Run the Blades 10k and enjoyed it except from getting absolutely bitten to bits on my legs! I  managed to avoid the worse of the weather until walking back to the car. The 1 hour plus runners would have got absolutely drenched.
I saved too much energy for 'that hill' everyone kept talking about at 7k and ran the 5th and 6th kms too slow, hey ho you live and learn. The grass section over the dam was interesting- single file so keep up with the person in front or else and some of the rocky sections were ankle twisters! Can't decide if I wore the right shoes or not either! 



I really enjoyed the race. Route was good. Yeah I lost a bit of time on the grassy bit but was better going a bit slower than going full pelt on it as it was pretty slippy. I really enjoyed the hill. Weird to say but I enjoy running up hills. My time was 48:34 which is was delighted with and managed to overtake some people in the last km which was a positive for me.

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Parkrun again on Saturday. 26:32 which I'm happy with, main aim is under 2 hours at Musselburgh half in late September. Did 2h16 last year when my knee decided not to bother after about 8 miles. 

Mrs wants to do gym classes together but I'd much rather plug my headphones in and run along the beach than have some arsehole shout at me for not lifting my legs high enough (or whatever happens in those places)

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50 minutes ago, Rossi1990 said:

I really enjoyed the race. Route was good. Yeah I lost a bit of time on the grassy bit but was better going a bit slower than going full pelt on it as it was pretty slippy. I really enjoyed the hill. Weird to say but I enjoy running up hills. My time was 48:34 which is was delighted with and managed to overtake some people in the last km which was a positive for me.

 

 

So did I and I enjoyed it as I often run Queen's Park hill in Glasgow so was used to it and got past a lot of faster runners on the hill. Someone near me likened the grass to Takeshi's Castle which was a bit much, it was OK. 

Race briefing mentioned 800 runners and a 200+ waiting list, but see only 600-odd took part which is disappointing although probably down to weather. I enjoyed the announcer asking "as this is the 5th year how many people had done all 5?" and nobody putting their hands up! 😂

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Ran my best 1k today apparently according to the Garmin - 7:14 and not stopped telling anyone so thought I'd share here too. This time last year I couldn't even run the 60 seconds on the 5k runner and it took me weeks before I could complete week 1. Next stop is chopping off those 14 seconds and getting 7 as my PB. My average the past month has been between 7:30 and 8:30 so I'm well chuffed tonight however it's summarizing what the reports have already told me - I'm not keeping a consistent pace and speeding up and down.

Are there any tips out there on better pacing myself rather than these fluctuation? 

I've also just started the 10k Runner app after completing the 5k runner, I've noticed that the first few weeks seem very similar to the 5k runner, should I skip these weeks or is it recommended I complete all weeks again?

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Are there any tips out there on better pacing myself rather than these fluctuation? 



Over time I've developed a playlist all of songs that have a tempo that more or less match my breathing when running a comfortable pace. If I find I'm struggling to keep up with the beat then I must be pushing too hard so slow down slightly and vice versa. Might not be for everyone but I find I can run much longer more easily and my km times can be regulated to within a second or 2.

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Over time I've developed a playlist all of songs that have a tempo that more or less match my breathing when running a comfortable pace. If I find I'm struggling to keep up with the beat then I must be pushing too hard so slow down slightly and vice versa. Might not be for everyone but I find I can run much longer more easily and my km times can be regulated to within a second or 2.



Same for me. I also run to podcasts which seem to help me keep a pace

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Podcasts I listen to are Adam Buxtom, Football Weekly, Wrestle Me, Athletico Mince, Planet Money. I also have some books on Audible and am currently working through Andrew Marr - A History of the World. I find it quite difficult to concentrate with books though.

On another note, did my first run with my 7 year old tonight and did 1km in 7m. He seems really into it and we are going to run the junior parkrun on Sunday.

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My mate at work brought his daughter along to the parkrun a few weeks back. She'd only just turned eight and never run before outside of school. She crossed the line with her dad in under 27 minutes ... he looked like he'd just run the Marathon des Sables while she looked like she'd just spent the time skipping around picking flowers.

Nobody could believe how quick she was - especially her big sister whose nose was seriously out of joint as she's much older, in an athletics club and was only a minute or so faster. 

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Am looking to upgrade my TomTom gps watch in the next few weeks. Any recommendations?
Ideally want one that does for running and swimming, links to Spotify so I don’t need to take phone out as well and something that looks good enough to be worn as a watch day to day. Looking for one that has a lot of training features so don’t mind paying a bit for something that will last me.

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Been up in fife last week and ran a few bits of the coastal path, Kinghorn to Aberdour came in at just over 8k and was a good course along the low road, somewhere I haven't walked in about 22 years🤯.

Also found out there's going to be a Kirkcaldy half marathon later in the month anyone on here participating. 

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Managed a few runs while I was away. First two were in Mexico and El Salvador. Both of which, I was dying in the heat by 4k. Fucked it in the second one by getting stuck at the bottom of a hill which I then had to ascend. Was more strategic in Costa Rica when I went out at 6.50 before it was outrageously hot so finally made it to 5k.

Times weren't anything to write home about but glad I managed to get out a bit. Lost precious minutes trying not to break my ankles on cobblestones and dirt roads. Also early decapitated myself by running into a low hanging wire. Bring on Pollok parkrun after all that!

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Does anyone else’s missus go batshit crazy when you blow your nose on your T-shirt after you’ve went for a run and are sweating and snottering profusely? Just home from a five mile run and my thrice weekly lecture has just ended.

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What is the Great Scottish Run like? I'd been toying with doing it, then got an e-mail at work saying there are free places for it so have put my name forward for it.

My main concern is getting to and from the race from Paisley! I assume there is no kit lorries or the like taking stuff to the finish line?

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56 minutes ago, Stu said:

What is the Great Scottish Run like? I'd been toying with doing it, then got an e-mail at work saying there are free places for it so have put my name forward for it.

My main concern is getting to and from the race from Paisley!

I like it.  Good atmosphere, well organised and a reasonably quick course. 

I've got the train in and out the past couple of times I've done it and that works out alright. Could probably do the same from Paisley I would have thought. 

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38 minutes ago, Stu said:

What is the Great Scottish Run like? I'd been toying with doing it, then got an e-mail at work saying there are free places for it so have put my name forward for it.

My main concern is getting to and from the race from Paisley! I assume there is no kit lorries or the like taking stuff to the finish line?

I've done it the last 5 years. Great atmosphere, e.g. bagpipes and bands en route, and loads of people coming out to cheer you on. Course wise, there's not much in the way of hills - apart from right at the start at St Vincent St and again at the Kingston Bridge (always nice to have cars beeping encouragement as well). 

Surely you can just get the train from Paisley? Just a short walk to the start from Central, and a slightly longer hobble from Glasgow Green back to Central afterwards. 

They have lots of buses to carry your gear from the start to the finish. 

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3 hours ago, Cardinal Richelieu said:

I've done it the last 5 years. Great atmosphere, e.g. bagpipes and bands en route, and loads of people coming out to cheer you on. Course wise, there's not much in the way of hills - apart from right at the start at St Vincent St and again at the Kingston Bridge (always nice to have cars beeping encouragement as well). 

Surely you can just get the train from Paisley? Just a short walk to the start from Central, and a slightly longer hobble from Glasgow Green back to Central afterwards. 

They have lots of buses to carry your gear from the start to the finish. 

Brilliant, that's helpful. For some reason I thought the finish was in Bellahouston Park which would have made the train a bit more difficult. Good to know about baggage buses as well, there was no sign of that on the website which is why I wasn't sure. I'm used to smaller events where I can dump stuff in the car 10 minutes before the start!

The price had been putting me off but being able to do it for just the cost of my train ticket is win-win :)

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